Snapper, Queen

Shape

Synonyms

Etelis oculatus

Edibility

Excellent

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage No minimum size limit effective March 30, 2020. Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    ​Minimum Size: ​None
    Trip Limit: ​None
    Part of the Deepwater Complex
    All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage. The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. The use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) -This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Queen Snapper Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. ----------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    No minimum size limit. No trip limit.

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Vessel Limit 15

  • Aggregate Information Name: GSP Limit: 5

  • Additional Notes
    Groupers, snappers, and parrotfishes have a combined bag limit of 5 per person per day or 15 per vessel per day, whichever is less.
    No minimum size

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent NCDENR Proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    There is a twenty (20) fish aggregate creel limit for reef fish species for which there is no other creel limit. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.


    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.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • 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 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

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

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    Starting July 1, 2019 there will no longer be a 12-inch minimum size limit for blackfin, queen and silk snapper statewide.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Additional Notes
    Starting July 1, 2019 there will no longer be a 12-inch minimum size limit for blackfin, queen and silk snapper statewide.

  • 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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