Gulf Stock Characteristics

Current Federal Regulations:

Quota: 

    • Stock Complex ACL for silk, queen, blackfin, and wenchman snapper – 166,000 pounds

Recreational:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If landings reach the stock complex ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Size:  none
    • Bag Limit:  Within the 10-snapper aggregate bag limit which includes gray, mutton, yellowtail, cubera, queen, blackfin, wenchman, and silk snappers.
    • 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 complex ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Size:  none
    • 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.

Description:

Life History and Distribution:

Landings Summary