Red Snapper

Red Snapper

Red Snapper

Lutjanus campechanus

AKA:

Mules, Sow Snapper, Spot Snappers (small)

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Color pinkish red over entire body, whitish below; long triangular snout; anal fin sharply pointed; no dark lateral spot; red eye.


Biological description:

Found OFFSHORE on the continental shelf. Juveniles occur over sandy or mud bottoms; adults may live more than 20 years, and attain 35 pounds or more; sexual maturity attained at age 2; spawns June to October; feeds on crustaceans and fish.


SOUTH ATLANTIC RED SNAPPER 2016 FISHING SEASON:

Red Snapper remained closed in the South Atlantic Federal waters in 2016.

SOUTH ATLANTIC RED SNAPPER 2015 FISHING SEASON:

Red snapper remained closed in South Atlantic Federal waters in 2015. 

NOTE: Red snapper stock assessment update

  • Red snapper is currently undergoing a stock assessment through the SEDAR process under SEDAR 41 (also include gray triggerfish).
  • More information about SEDAR 41 is available at the SEDAR website here: http://sedarweb.org/sedar-41 

South Atlantic Federal Regulations -

Commercial:

Size Limit: Harvest/possession for the commercial and recreational fishery prohibited.

Trip Limit: Harvest/possession for the commercial and recreational fishery prohibited.

Regulatory Remarks:

Additional Updates: See summary of red snapper management action below.

Recreational:

Size Limit: Harvest/possession for the commercial and recreational fishery prohibited.

Trip Limit: Harvest/possession for the commercial and recreational fishery prohibited.

Regulatory Remarks:

Additional Updates: See summary of red snapper management action below.


Summary of Red Snapper Management Action:

Snapper Grouper Amendment 28 (implemented August 23, 2013) established the annual process to determine red snapper fishing seasons and harvest amounts.The amendment established:

  1. process to determine if a fishing season will occur each year, which would include specification of the allowable harvest for both sectors and season length for the recreational sector;
  2. an equation to determine the annual catch limit amount for each sector; and
  3. management measures if fishing is allowed.

See information about Amendment 28 here: http://safmc.net/resoure-library/snapper-grouper/

NOTE: The Council established the process for determining how a red snapper season would be carried out annually. NOAA Fisheries collects all data during the annual season and determines the amount of fish to be harvested based on commercial and recreational landings during the season and estimates of dead discards.

Overview of Commercial Management for Red Snapper - 2013 to present:

Below are the previous red snapper seasons based on the process established in Amendment 28:

Overview of Recreational Management  for Red Snapper - 2013 to present:

Below are the previous red snapper seasons based on the process established in Amendment 28:

  • 2015No harvest allowed; There is no commercial or recreational season in 2015 because the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2014 exceeded the allowable level. See Fishery Bulletin.
  • 2014 -  See details of the 2014 season here: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/red_snapper/index.html
    • Opened Friday, July 11 (12:01 a.m.) - Closed July 14 (12:01 a.m.);
    • Opened Friday, July 18 (12:01 a.m.) - Closed July 21 (12:01 a.m.);
    • Opened Friday, July 25 (12:01 a.m.) - Closed July 27 (12:01 a.m.)
  • 2013 -
    • Opened  August 23, 2013 (12:01 a.m.) - Closed August 26, 2013 (12:01 a.m.)