Lutjanus campechanus

Harvest Limits

Sector Annual Catch Limit Annual Catch Target
Stock 15,100,000 pounds
Commercial 7,701,000 pounds
Total Recreational 7,399,000 pounds 5,919,000 pounds
Recreational Private 4,269,000 pounds 3,415,000 pounds
Recreational Federal For-Hire 3,130,000 pounds 2,504,000 pounds

Allocation:

    • 51% commercial
    • 49% recreational (21% federal for-hire, 28% private

Regulations

Recreational:

    • 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.

Private

Private anglers and state guide boats without federal charter/headboat permits are managed by individual Gulf states.

    • License/permit: State issued recreational license
Quota Season Bag Limit
Florida

44.822%

1,913,451 pounds

Alabama

26.298%

1,122,662 pounds

Mississippi

3.550%

151,550 pounds

Louisiana

19.120%

816,233 pounds

Texas

6.210%

265,105 pounds

Federal For-Hire

    • Season: Opens June 1 (closure date TBD). If landings reach the federal for-hire ACL harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Minimum Size Limit: 16 inches total length
    • Bag Limit: 2.Captain and crew may not retain a bag limit.
    • Permit: Federal charter/headboat permit for reef fish required.

Commercial:

    • Red Snapper is managed under an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program. Anyone commercially fishing for red snapper must possess allocation and follow established protocols.
    • Minimum Size Limit:  13 inches total length
    • 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.