Vermilion Snapper

Vermilion Snapper

Vermilion Snapper

Haemulon aurolineatum

AKA:

Mingo Snapper, Beeline Snapper

Managed by:

SAFMC


Physical description:

Vermilion snapper have streamlined bodies, are pale to silver white below and vermilion/reddish above. Narrow yellow-gold streaks, some horizontal and others oblique, occur below the lateral line. The dorsal fin is rosy colored with a yellow margin. The caudal fin is red , but has a faint black margin. Large canine teeth are absent and the orientation of the mouth and eye give it the appearance of looking upward.


Biological description:

The vermilion snapper is found in tropical waters of the western Atlantic from Cape Hatteras to southeastern Brazil, including Bermuda, the West Indies and the Gulf of Mexico. The preferred habitat is irregular reeflike bottom in waters ranging in depth from 80-350 feet. In some areas, the species is replaced by its close relative, the yellowtail snapper, Ocyurus chrysurus, which occupies the same type of habitat. All vermilion snapper are mature at 2 years of age and 7.9" total length. Multiple spawning is characteristic of the species, taking place from April to September. Vermilion snapper can reach lengths up to 24 inches, feeding on small animals found high in the water column.


South Atlantic Federal Regulations

Commercial:

  • Open, effective January 1, 2017. 
  • Size Limit: 12-inch total length
  • Trip Limit: Trip limit reduction 3/22/2017. Instead of 1,000-pound (gw), the trip limit is now 500-pound (gw) because the landings are projected to reach 75% of the ACL. See FB17-017.
  • Note: Fishing season is split into two seasons with half of the commercial annual catch limit designated for January through June and half the annual catch limit designated for July through December. Fishery will close when the ACL has been met or projected to be met.)
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Trip limit will be reduced to 500-pounds (gw) when 75% of the quota has been met
    • 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.
  • Additional Updates:

Recreational:

  • Size Limit: 12-inch total length
  • Bag Limit: 5 per person/day, in addition to the Aggregate Snapper Bag Limit of 10 snapper per person/day.
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • 5 per person/day, in addition to the Aggregate Snapper Bag Limit of 10 snapper per person/day.
    • 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: