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.
    • 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