Commercial harvest for red snapper closed

Published 8:03 pm Monday, September 5, 2022

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The commercial harvest of red snapper in federal waters of the south Atlantic closes at 12:01 a.m. on August 31, 2022. During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of red snapper is prohibited.

All harvest or possession of red snapper in or from south Atlantic federal waters is now prohibited, as the recreational fishing season is also closed for 2022.

The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for south Atlantic snapper-grouper, regardless of where such fish are harvested or possessed (i.e. in state or federal waters).

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The 2022 commercial catch limit is 124,815 pounds whole weight. Commercial landings are projected to reach the commercial catch limit. According to the accountability measure, harvest must close to prevent the commercial catch limit from being exceeded.

Unless specified otherwise, the 2023 commercial fishing season for red snapper in the south Atlantic will open on July 10, 2023 with a commercial catch limit of 124,815 pounds whole weight.