Blackfin Snapper Regulations

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:

NEW REGULATIONS effective February 26, 2020 for blackfin snapper:

  • Minimum Size Limit: None

Learn about new regulations for other snapper grouper species, effective February 26, 2020.

CURRENT REGULATIONS

  • OPEN
  • Minimum Size Limit: 12-inch minimum total length
  • Trip Limit: None
  • Limited access permit required
  • Regulatory Remarks:
    • Part of the Deepwater Complex (yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, blackfin snapper)
    • 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 annual catch limit (Deepwater Complex) is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit (while recreational harvest is open). This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the annual catch limit being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer.
    • Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol.
    • Charter/Headboat and Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. Click here to learn moreor call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL (Deepwater Complex). See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas)from NOAA Fisheries.
    • Allowable Gear:
      • Vertical hook-and-line including hand-held hook-and-line and bandit gear. Spearfishing gear without rebreathers.
      • Powerheads, except where expressly prohibited in Special Management Zones (SMZs) and in the EEZ off South Carolina.

Recreational:

  • OPEN
  • Minimum 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.
    • Charter/Headboat and Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. Click here to learn more or call 727-824-5312.
    • Annual Catch Limit (ACL) - This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Recreational ACLs from NOAA Fisheries.
  • Additional Updates: