Snapper, Yellowtail

Shape

Synonyms

Flag,Ocyurus chrysurus

Edibility

Excellent

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers intending to land this species in Florida are required to sign up as a Florida State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat and are 16 years of age and older. To sign up, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
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    Commercial Regulations
    12 inch minimum size limit (total length). No trip limit. The use of circle hooks is not required while commercial fishing with natural bait for yellowtail snapper south of 25°09' North latitude off the west coast of Monroe County, Florida, to the Gulf and South Atlantic Councils' shared boundary.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers intending to land this species in Florida are required to sign up as a Florida State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat and are 16 years of age and older. To sign up, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • 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 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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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

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    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters:
    OPEN
    Minimum Size: 12 inches total length
    Trip Limit: None
    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: SAFMC Yellowtail Snapper Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 5

  • Vessel Limit 15

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • 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 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes

    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

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any yellowtail snapper. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 12 in Total Length

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Snapper Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any yellowtail snapper. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • 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.

  • Bag Limit 10

  • Measurements Min Size: 14 in Total Length

  • Gear Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: BBNP Limit: 10

  • License Required
    Beginning July 1, 2020, anglers 16 years of age and older are required to sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler if they fish from a private recreational boat for any yellowtail snapper. To sign up as a State Reef Fish Angler, call 1-888-347-4356.

  • Additional Notes
    For more information, see MyFWC Biscayne National Park.

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