Gulf Stock Characteristics

Current Federal Regulations:

Quota: 

    • Stock ACL – 3,110,000 pounds

Allocation:

Fishing Year:

Recreational:

    • Season:  Open year-round. If landings reach the stock ACL, harvest will be prohibited for the remainder of the fishing year.
    • Size:  10 inches total length
    • Bag Limit: 10 fish per person within the 20-reef fish aggregate bag limit which includes vermilion 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.
    • Size:  10 inches total length
    • Trip Limit:  none
    • Permit:  Commercial vessel permit for reef fish is required.
    • 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