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Red Snapper 2014 Recreational Season 

At its April 2014 meeting, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council requested an emergency rule to revise the recreational accountability measures for red snapper by applying a 20-percent buffer to the recreational quota.  The purpose of this rulemaking is to better ensure red snapper recreational landings do not exceed the recreational quota established in the rebuilding plan, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the decision of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Guindon v. Pritzker, (Mar. 26, 2014).  

As a result of the emergency rule, the 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season in federal waters is 9 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., on June 10, 2014.  The red snapper bag limit is 2 fish with a 16-inch minimum total length size limit



To reach Sustainable Fisheries staff, please call 727-824-5305.