council logo bannerFor Immediate Release
August 25, 2022


The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council took final action on a framework action to modify red snapper catch limits.  The Council chose to decrease the overfishing limit and increase the acceptable biological catch, annual catch limits, and annual catch targets. The state specific private angling annual catch limits are calculated based on the assumption that the Framework Action to calibrate recreational data and recreational catch limits is approved and implemented by the Secretary of Commerce. The catch limits are expressed in pounds whole weight as follows:


Catch Limit Type Current Newly Recommended
Overfishing Limit 15,500,000 18,910,000
Acceptable Biological Catch 15,100,000 16,310,000
Total Annual Catch Limit 15,100,000 16,310,000
Commercial Annual Catch Limit 7,701,000 8,318,100
Recreational Annual Catch Limit 7,399,000 7,991,900
Federal For-Hire Annual Catch Limit 3,130,000 3,380,574
Federal For-Hire Annual Catch Target 2,848,000 3,076,322
Private Angling Annual Catch Limit 4,269,000 4,611,326
Private Angling Annual Catch Target 3,415,200 3,689,061
Florida Private Annual Catch Limit 1,913,451 2,066,889
Alabama Private Annual Catch Limit 1,122,662 1,212,687
Mississippi Private Annual Catch Limit 151,550 163,702
Louisiana Private Annual Catch Limit 816,233 881,686
Texas Private Annual Catch Limit 265,105 286,363



These recommendations are based on recommendations from the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and new catch advice generated using updated estimates of absolute abundance of red snapper derived from the Great Red Snapper Count (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas) and by LGL Ecological Associates, Inc. (Louisiana).


This Framework Amendment to modify catch limits for red snapper will be transmitted to the Secretary of Commerce for approval and implementation as soon as practicable.