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 2017 FISHING SEASON:

The Council's Emergency Action Request has been approved. See below for season details and regulations. Click here for the Council's latest News Release about Red Snapper.

Recreational and commercial harvest of red snapper is prohibited except during the 2017 mini seasons scheduled for this fall.

Interested in reporting your catch? Visit here!

Commercial Regulations for 2017 Season:

  • Size Limit: None
  • Trip Limit: 75 lbs (gw) daily
  • Season: Opens November 2, 2017
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Limited Access permit required.
    • 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. 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.

 

Recreational Regulations for 2017 Mini Season:

  • Size Limit: None
  • Bag Limit: 1 fish per person per day
  • Season: November 3-5, 2017 & November 10-12, 2017
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • For information on how to report your catch, click here! 
    • 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.

 

 

 

Click Here for Red Snapper Regulatory Information from Previous Years