Red Snapper

Red Snapper

Scientific Name

Lutjanus campechanus

Stock Assessment

SEDAR 52

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/angler registry
Quota Season Bag Limit
Florida 44.822%

1,913,451 pounds

Open June 11 – July 25 2 per person
Alabama 26.298%

1,122,662 pounds

Open Friday – Monday

from May 22 – July 19

2 per person
Mississippi 3.550%

151,550 pounds

Louisiana 19.120%

816,233 pounds

Texas 6.210%

265,105 pounds

Open June 1 – August 3 2 per person

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

    • Season:  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.

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 2,848,000 pounds

Allocation

Allocation for Red Snapper