Blackfin Snapper

Blackfin Snapper

Blackfin Snapper

Lutjanus buccanella

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Color generally red, with yellowish caudal, anal, and pelvic fins; distinctive and prominent dark comma-shaped blotch at the base of the pectoral fins, which gives the fish its common name; anal fin rounded; no blackspot on side underneath dorsal fin.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • OPEN effective January 1, 2017
  • Size Limit: 12-inch minimum total length
  • Trip Limit:, None
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Part of the Deepwater Complex
    • All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    • Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    • The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    • After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    • Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol.
    • Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates:

Recreational:

  • Size Limit: 12-inch minimum total length
  • Bag Limit: Included in Aggregate Snapper Bag Limit of 10 snapper per person (excluding vermilion snapper)
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Part of the Deepwater Complex
    • Included in Aggregate Snapper Bag Limit of 10 snapper per person (excluding red snapper and vermilion snapper) - Note: cubera snapper less than 30-inches total length are included in this limit.
    • Captain and crew of for-hire and charter vessels have a bag-limit of zero (0).
    • All species must be landed with head and fins intact.
    • Recreational and commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species.
    • The use of non-stainless steel circle hooks (offset or non-offset) is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    • The sale of bag-limit caught snapper grouper species is prohibited.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: