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Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper, Other Snapper

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Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic

Atlantic Red SnapperSeasonBag LimitMin. Size limitRemarks
State waters

Open year-round

 

2 fish per person per day

20"

Gear rules apply.

Visit the gear rules page for more.

Federal waters

Closed; There will be no open season in 2015

When open 1 fish per person/per day

 None  

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recreational and commercial fishers in Atlantic waters off Florida are required to use dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish, including red snapper. Visit the reef fish gear rules page for more information. 

Management

In 2015, there was no open season for recreational harvest of red snapper in Atlantic federal waters.

The 2014 federal Atlantic red snapper recreational season was 8 days, consisting of weekend openings beginning July 11. The first two open weekends were Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 11, 12, and 13, and July 18, 19, and 20). The last open weekend was Friday and Saturday (July 25 and 26). The bag limit in federal waters was one fish per person per day and there was no minimum size limit.A limited recreational and commercial harvest of red snapper in Atlantic federal waters occurred in 2013, similar to the limited opening that occurred in 2012. If quota is available, harvest will continue to be allowed under the process established in Amendment 28. 

When closed in federal waters, the closure prohibits anyone on board a vessel for which a federal commercial or charter/headboat permit for the South Atlantic snapper-grouper fishery has been issued from harvesting or possessing red snapper in state waters.

State waters of the Atlantic remain open for recreational red snapper harvest.

Links for more information

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Recreational Regulations for state and federal waters of the Atlantic

Vermilion SnapperMin. SizeSeasonBag limitRemarks
State and Federal Atlantic waters 12"

Open year-round

5 per harvester per day

Not included in Snapper aggregate bag limit.

Gear rules apply.

Visit the gear rules page for more.

 

*Recreational and commercial fishers in Atlantic waters off Florida are required to use dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish, including snapper. Visit the reef fish gear rules page for more information.

Other Snapper Species

Recreational Regulations for state waters of the Atlantic

Atlantic Snapper (state waters)Min. SizeClosed seasonBag limitRemarks
Black and Wenchman Snapper     Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Cubera Snapper 12" (see remarks)   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate May possess no more than 2 Cubera Snapper over 30' per harvester or vessel per day, whichever is less. 30" or larger no included within the Snapper aggregate bag limit
Gray/Mangrove Snapper 10"   5 per harvester/per day Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate
Lane Snapper 8"   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Mutton Snapper 16"    Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Schoolmaster Snapper 10"   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate  
Snapper, other 12"   Included within 10 per harvester/per day Snapper aggregate

Includes: Blackfin, Dog, Mahogany, Queen, Silk & Yellowtail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Recreational and commercial fishers in Atlantic waters off Florida are required to use dehooking devices when fishing for reef fish, including snapper. Visit the reef fish gear rules page for more information.

 



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