Snapper Rules and Regulations

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Red SnapperVermilion SnapperGray Snapper

The FWC manages several species of snapper in Gulf and Atlantic state waters including red, black, wenchman, cubera, gray, lane, mutton, schoolmaster, vermilion, yellowtail and more.

To learn more about the harvest of these species and their management plans, please select which body of water you will be fishing in from the choices below:

*Note: Gear rules are in effect in the Gulf and Atlantic reef fish fishery.


New Federal Regulations

The 2015 red snapper recreational season in federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico will be different for the two components of the recreational sector. Both the for-hire and private angling components will open on June 1, 2015, at 12:01 a.m., local time. Closing dates are:

  • Private Anglers: June 10, 2015.
  • Federal For-Hire Vessels: July 14, 2015.  

New State Regulations

NEW:The 2015 recreational red snapper Gulf state season will open the Saturday before Memorial Day (May 23 in 2015) through July 12, reopening for Saturdays and Sundays in September and October, including Labor Day (the first Monday in September). Since October 31 falls on a Saturday in 2015, the last day of harvest will be Sunday, Nov. 1. News Release


Federal Recreational Regulations Chart - Snapper

For regulations in state waters visit:

Gulf

Atlantic


Snappers Federal Waters Gulf of Mexico Federal Waters South Atlantic

Red

16" TL 2/person; capt/crew 0 bag

2015 federal season:

Private anglers: June 1-10

Federal for-hire: June 1-July 14

1 fish bag limit and no size limit

Closed; Season was open July 11,12, 13; July 18, 19, 20; July 25 and 26, 2014. Learn more.

Vermilion*

10" TL;

10/person within 20 reef fish aggregate

12" TL; 5 per person

Lane

8" TL; within 20 reef fish aggregate  8" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate

Gray (Mangrove)

12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate  

Mutton

16" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate  

Yellowtail/Dog/Mahogany

12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate (No Dog or Mahogany) 12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate

Blackfin/Silk/Queen

 within 10 snapper aggregate 12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate

Black

  within 10 snapper aggregate

Wenchman

within 10 snapper aggregate  

Cubera^

12" TL; within 10 snapper aggregate 12" TL; 2 per person or vessel if over 30" TL (whichever is less); within 10 snapper aggregate if less than 30" TL

*Vermilion snapper not included in 10 snapper per person daily limit in state and Atlantic federal waters

^Cubera snapper greater than 30" total length not included in 10 snapper per person daily limit in state and Atlantic federal waters

 Additional Snapper Resources

Snapper Descriptions

Gray Snapper Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Lane Snapper Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Red Snapper Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Vermilion Snapper Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Links for more information

Stock Assessments (SEDAR) External Website

NMFS Southeast Regional Office External Website

Gray Snapper Species Account Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Lane Snapper Species Account Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Red Snapper Species Account Not a Mobile-Enabled Link

Vermilion Snapper Species Account Not a Mobile-Enabled Link



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