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FB18-026
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE:
April 18, 2018
CONTACT:Sustainable Fisheries, 727-824-5305,

NOAA Announces the 2018 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Recreational Seasons and Clarifies Permit Regulations for Vessels Fishing in Federal Waters                    

WHAT/WHEN:

NOAA Fisheries has issued exempted fishing permits, which allow each Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) state to set their own season for the red snapper private angling component in state and federal waters during 2018 and 2019.  The 2018 fishing season for the federally permitted for-hire component will be 51 days in federal waters of the Gulf.  

Season dates for each component are:

  • Private Anglers: Gulf states will set seasons through exempted fishing permits.  Please read below.
  • Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: June 1, 2018, 12:01 a.m., local time, until July 22, 2018, at 12:01 a.m., local time.

HOW THE SEASONS WERE DETERMINED:

  • The red snapper total recreational quota is 6.73 million pounds, allocated 57.7% to the private angling component and 42.3% to the for-hire component. 

  • For the private angling component:
    • NOAA Fisheries has issued exempted fishing permits that allow each Gulf state (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) to set the season for the private angling component for red snapper caught in state and federal waters that are landed in that state. Each state will be providing a separate announcement notifying anglers when their season will open and close.
    • Private anglers with the appropriate licenses from a state are exempt from the federal closure and are able to land fish caught in federal waters during seasons specified by the state. 
    • States will monitor red snapper private angler landings and close their seasons if the state’s assigned quota is reached or projected to be reached.

REGULATIONS FOR FISHING IN FEDERAL WATERS:



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why is NOAA Fisheries not setting a private angling red snapper season?

Why did NOAA Fisheries issue the exempted fishing permits?

What are the quotas and annual catch targets for 2018?

Where can I find more information on the red snapper fishery in the Gulf of Mexico?



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