A limited season for red snapper will open soon in federal waters for recreational and commercial fishing in the South Atlantic Region, which includes South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and the east coast of Florida.
NOAA Fisheries announced Monday in a release that scientific research showed an increase in the red snapper population since 2010. It states NOAA Fisheries determined limited harvest beginning in 2018 is not expected to result in overfishing, nor prevent a continued rebuilding of the population. The opening comes at the request of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Recreational fishing will open for harvest on weekends (Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays) on the following dates:
- Aug. 10, 11, and 12, 2018 – The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 10 and closes at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 13.
- Aug. 17, 18, and 19, 2018 – The recreational season opens again at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 17 and closes at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 20.
The commercial sector will be open from July 26 and end once the commercial annual catch limit has been met.
The total annual catch limit will be 42,510 fish. The recreational annual catch limit will be 29,656 fish with one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charter boats.
The commercial annual catch limit will be 124,815 pounds whole weight (12,854 fish). The commercial trip limit will be 75 pounds gutted weight.
There is no minimum or maximum size limit for the recreational or commercial sectors.
The season is expected to start again in July in 2019.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this story included the wrong dates for recreational season. We apologize for the error.