Snapper, Red

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Excellent, but may contain ciguatera toxin.

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from January 1st, 2018 to August 9th, 2018
    from August 13th, 2018 to August 16th, 2018
    from August 20th, 2018 to December 31st, 2018

  • Additional Notes
    Recreational Red Snapper season will OPEN for harvest on weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on August 10, 11, and 12, 2018 and August 17, 18, and 19, 2018. For more information, see: Red Snapper News

    No minimum size limit.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    Season: CLOSED, effective November 7, 2018.
    The commercial trip limit will be 75 pounds gutted weight.
    There is no minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from July 23rd, 2018 to May 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Private Anglers: Gulf states will set seasons through exempted fishing permits. To see state regulations: tap the blue location bar at the bottom of the app, tap Map Location, then zoom in/out and drag the map so the crosshairs are in your state's waters, then tap Set Location. Confirm state waters are listed in blue at the top of the screen. Once you tap the white X at the top left of the screen, you will see the relevant state regulations.

    Red Snapper season for Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels is June 1, 2018 until July 22, 2018.

    For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council. ---------------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    13 inch minimum size limit (total length). Managed under an IFQ program. Anyone commercially fishing for red snapper must possess IFQ allocation and follow established protocols.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from August 18th, 2018 to May 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    Mississippi's Red Snapper season closed on August 18, 2018, and will remain closed until further notice. For more info see MS Red Snapper.

    For more information about Red Snapper regulations in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, see GMFMC.

    All vessels (private and for-hire) landing Red Snapper in Mississippi must use TailsnScales.org electronic reporting system regardless of harvest area. There are no exemptions. Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) requires one report per trip per vessel. A trip authorization number must be obtained by a representative of each vessel prior to recreationally fishing for Red Snapper. Trip authorization numbers are only valid for 24 hours and must be closed out each time before a new trip number will be issued.

  • Bag Limit 4

  • Measurements Min Size: 15 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hook Only

  • Additional Notes
    Private recreational angler red snapper season in federal waters off the Texas coast will close Wednesday, August 22 and will remain closed until further notice.

    Private recreational angler red snapper season will remain open in Texas State Waters (from land to nine nautical miles offshore).
    For more info see TPWD 2018 Red Snapper Season.

    Hook and line only. It is unlawful to use any kind of hook other than a circle hook when using natural bait.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Closed Seasons from August 6th, 2018 to August 9th, 2018
    from August 13th, 2018 to May 31st, 2019

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries announced that the state recreational red snapper season will close at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2018. For more info see Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Red Snapper.

    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit.

    Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip ALSO do not need a permit.

    Gulf states will set Red Snapper seasons for Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters for private anglers through exempted fishing permits. For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council Red Snapper 2018.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Closed Seasons from July 9th, 2018 to July 12th, 2018
    from July 16th, 2018 to July 19th, 2018
    from July 23rd, 2018 to May 30th, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    The Alabama Red Snapper season CLOSED on July 22, 2019. For more information, see
    For more info see Alabama 2018 Red Snapper Season Early Closure.

    NOTE: possession of Red Snapper in Alabama waters when the season is closed is PROHIBITED (this does NOT apply to Federally permitted For-Hire boats during their For-Hire season).
    A person CAN NOT transit Alabama waters with Red Snapper when Red Snapper season is closed (i.e., during week days). For example, if the Florida Red Snapper season is open and Alabama waters are closed, you can not come through Perdido Pass on your way to back to Florida if you possess Red Snapper. Likewise, for those boats leaving Mississippi and fishing in the Gulf Reef Zone, they cannot cut through Alabama waters on their way back in if they possess Red Snapper. Red Snapper must be landed in the State that is open and may not be possessed or transported through waters of states that are not open.
    For more info see Alabama 2018 Red Snapper Season.

    Any red snapper landed in AL needs to be reported by the captain or owner of the vessel prior to landing. Anglers can report their catch online at outdooralabama.com.

    Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico: Gulf states will set seasons through exempted fishing permits for private anglers. For additional information about the red snapper season in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, please see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 16 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Closed Seasons from July 21st, 2018 to May 31st, 2019

  • Additional Notes
    For more information about Florida's Red Snapper seasons, see MyFWC Snapper.

    For more information about Red Snapper regulations in Federal Waters of the Gulf of Mexico, see Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Closed Seasons from December 11th, 2017 to January 1st, 2019

  • Additional Notes

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Closed Seasons from December 11th, 2017 to January 1st, 2019

  • Additional Notes

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Additional Notes
    Red Snapper are open in Georgia State Waters (see http://coastalgadnr.org/fb/rf/regs). In Federal waters, NOAA Fisheries announced recreational Red Snapper season will open for harvest on weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on November 3, 4, and 5, 2017 and November 10, 11, and 12, 2017. Red Snapper season will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 13, 2017.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum or maximum size limit. No closed season.

  • Bag Limit 2

  • Measurements Min Size: 20 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    Red Snapper are open in Florida Atlantic STATE WATERS (see MyFWC Snapper).

    Harvest of Red Snapper is closed in South Atlantic Federal Waters. For more information, see SAFMC Red Snapper Regulations

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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