Red Snapper Reporting

Share Your Red Snapper Story

We are excited to announce an opportunity for recreational fishermen to voluntarily report their red snapper catch! After hearing the requests of fishermen across the region, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Snook and Gamefish Foundation, in partnership with Elemental Methods have teamed up to make recreational electronic reporting a possibility for the recently announced 2017 red snapper season. Learn how to report through the MyFishCount web portal by clicking here! Note: This portal will not work offshore. It is not a mobile application.


Please keep in mind that your participation will be absolutely critical to the development of future recreational reporting platforms. This is a pilot. Data collected here may be used for future management. Or it might simply be used as a vehicle to promote data collection efforts like this in the future. Either way, your entries are important, helpful, and valuable.

In addition to reporting through the web portal, we strongly encourage fishermen to participate in state-run sampling programs.  State agencies will conduct dockside and phone interviews and may have freezers available to drop off carcasses. The state-run programs were used to collect data during previous mini-seasons and will likely be used to estimate landings.  These programs are separate from MyFishCount so please answer the interviewers' questions and allow your fish to be sampled.

Click here for the Council's latest News Release

Click here for the latest data report from MyFishCount

Know Before You Go

Click here for a data sheet to make recording your catch info easy while offshore!

Recreational Regulations

  • Open days:  Friday, Saturday, and Sunday on the following dates -
    • November 3, 4, and 5
    • November 10, 11, and 12
    • December 8, 9, and 10
  • Bag limit: 1 fish per person
  • Size limit: no minimum size limit
  • Non-stainless steel circle hooks are required for all snapper grouper species when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits North of 28 degrees latitudes (Palm Beach, FL)

Data speak. And all of us at the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and Snook and Gamefish Foundation are interested in what it has to tell us. What might we learn?

  • Inform Future Decisions on Reporting - The use of the iAngler platform will inform decisions made in the development of the Council’s recreational reporting app, MyFishCount. The app is currently in the design phase and will be available for pilot testing in 2018.
  • Improve Discard Estimates - Using best fishing practices can help to reduce incidental catch of red snapper and improve survival of released fish.  Let us know how often you use best fishing practices.
  • Improve Red Snapper Management - The more information we can receive from fishermen like you, the more likely we are to better understand red snapper biology and improve management.

Fishermen will be asked to voluntarily report the following for caught and discarded fish:

  • Fish Length
  • Depth Caught
  • Release Technique
  • Hook Type
  • Hook Location


  • Fish Length (ideally with a picture on a measuring board)
    • Used to estimate age of fish
    • Tips for Photos
      • Show the whole fish (snout to tail)
      • Use a measuring board or something of a standard length for scale

Report This  

This shot gives us a view from snout to tail. We can see the measurement and determine scale.






NOT This    

This "grin and grip" shot doesn't provide any scale and the fish is held out toward the camera, distorting its true size.

*Photos provided by CMAST/Brendan Runde

  • Depth Caught
    • Used to estimate release mortality
      • Fish caught in deeper depths are more likely to die
  • Release Technique
    • Used to estimate release mortality
      • How did you release your fish?
        • Descending device
        • Venting
        • No release treatment
        • Other
  • Hook Type
    • Used to estimate release mortality
      • Non-offset circle hooks are less likely to cause injury than J hooks




  • Hook Location
    • Used to estimate release mortality
      • Hook placement matters- fish hooked in the eye, throat, or stomach are less likely to survive


Red snapper are rebuilding from previously low levels and experience high release mortality. Reducing release mortality will reduce the likelihood of overfishing.  We encourage the following practices to conserve red snapper and reduce waste.

  • Avoid areas likely to have red snapper if you already have met your bag limit. If you are approaching your vessel limit, move to a different area.  When red snapper are out of season, avoid areas where they are common.


  • Use single hook rigs since the bag limit for red snapper is one per person. This will potentially reduce the number of red snapper that are caught on one drop.




  • Recognize signs of barotrauma:


The leftover carcass of red snapper can provide important information needed in management.  The carcass of red snapper can be used to develop age estimates for red snapper that were caught during mini-seasons.  In Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina, there are locations where red snapper carcasses can be dropped off.    Please consider dropping off your red snapper carcass so that it can be used in science and management.  Fish with head, tail, and stomach intact are ideal.

Click your state for more information about site locations and instructions.

North Carolina Sites

South Carolina Sites

Georgia Sites