Gulf Stock Characteristics

Current Federal Regulations:

Quota: 

    • Stock ACL – 301,000 pounds

Recreational:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If landings reach the stock ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Size:  8 inches total length
    • Bag Limit:  Within the 20-reef fish aggregate  bag limit which includes vermillion snapper, lane snapper, gray triggerfish, almaco jack, golden tilefish, goldface tilefish, and blueline tilefish.
    • Permit/License:  State issued recreational license or Federal charter/headboat permit for reef fish
    • Gear:  Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.

Commercial:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If landings reach the stock ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Minimum Size Limit:  8 inches total length
    • Trip Limit:  none
    • Permit:  Commercial vessel permit for reef fish is required. Additionally, an eastern Gulf reef fish bottom longline endorsement required to use bottom longline for Gulf reef fish in the federal waters east of 85°30′ longitude.
    • Gear:  Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required when fishing with natural baits. At least one dehooking device is required and must be used to remove hooks.

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Landings Summary