Illustrations of Red Snapper Under Water

2016 South Atlantic Red Snapper Fishing Season

Red snapper will remain closed in South Atlantic Federal waters in 2016.  There will not be commercial or recreational seasons in 2016 because the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable level. 

In 2013, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council developed, and NOAA Fisheries implemented, a standardized process that specifies harvest may only occur in a given year if total removals (landings plus dead discards) in the previous year were less than the number allowed for population rebuilding.  The total removals allowable for 2015 were 114,000 fish.  After evaluating landings and discard information for 2015, NOAA Fisheries has determined the estimates of total removals were 276,729 fish; therefore, the fishery remains closed in 2016. 

The process will be repeated in 2017 to determine if there will be a season in South Atlantic Federal waters in 2017.  


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

Point of Contact:
Sustainable Fisheries Division