Private recreational anglers may harvest red snapper in Gulf state and federal waters. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) will extend catch-and-release measures for shook, red drum and spotted sea trout for an additional year via an Executive Order.
Ron DeSantis and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FCC) announced the state is extending its Gulf red snapper season for several more dates in November. According to the governor's office, the Serfs was created to give more “robust” data for the management of reef fish such as the red snapper.
To learn more about recreational red snapper season, including size and bag limits, click here. “ Florida is the fishing capital of the world thanks to our pristine natural resources and an abundance of fisheries, including red snapper,” said Governor DeSantis.
“FCC has shown that this fishery is sustainable, so we are happy to provide these additional recreational fishing days to anglers.” “These additional days would not be possible without the Gulf Reef Fish Survey,” said FCC Chairman Robert Softwood.
Innovative data collection is opening doors and allowing unprecedented management opportunities for Florida, benefiting Gulf anglers.” The Gulf Reef Fish Survey was developed specifically to provide more robust data for management of red snapper and other important reef fish, and has allowed FCC the unprecedented opportunity to manage Gulf red snapper in state and federal waters.
He points out that the four-day season will help the hard hit fishing industry which has suffered during the coronavirus pandemic. Rutherford followed his initial tweet with a promise to push for more days to fish for red snapper in the future.
The commercial sector will open for harvest at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 13, 2021, and will close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2021, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date. The final rule specified recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning in 2018 and subsequent years.
Catch rate estimates were available from the following data sources: (1) red snapper specific surveys for private recreational and charter vessel anglers conducted by all South Atlantic states, (2) Marine Recreational Information Program (Trip), and (3) the Southeast Region Head boat Survey. Since NOAA Fisheries estimates the season length based upon catch rates from the previous year, this year is shorter by one day to reduce the likelihood that the recreational landings would exceed the recreational annual catch limit in 2020.
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council identified the following best practices reducing release mortality and further protect the population as it rebuilds: Avoid areas likely to have red snapper if you already have met your recreational bag limit. This will potentially reduce the number of red snapper that are caught on one drop.
Use non-offset circle hooks while fishing in areas where red snapper are common. The Boundary coincides with the line of demarcation between the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, which begins at the intersection of the outer boundary of the EEA, as specified in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and 83°00’ W long., proceeds northward along that meridian to 24° 35’ N lat.
Marine Sanctuaries and Area Closures Note: All coordinates have been converted to degrees, minutes, seconds. Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Below is a summary of regulated activity within the Albums.
For the full text, contact the Sanctuary office at 409-621-5151 or visit www.flowergarden.noaa.gov. Injuring, catching, harvesting, collecting or feeding, or attempting to injure, catch, harvest, collect or feed, any fish within the sanctuary by use of any gear, device, equipment or means (e.g. spear guns, nets) except by use of conventional hook and line gear.
Possessing (except while passing through the sanctuary without interruption) any fishing gear, device, equipment, or means except conventional hook and line gear. Possessing or using explosives or releasing electrical charges within the sanctuary.
Injuring or removing, or attempting to injure or remove, any coral or other bottom formation, coralline algae or other plant, marine invertebrate (e.g., spiny lobster, queen conch, shell, sea urchin), brine-seep iota or carbonate rock. Possessing within the Sanctuary (regardless of where collected), any coral or other bottom formation, coralline algae or other plant, or fish (except for fish caught by use of conventional hook and line gear).
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Tortuga's North and South Ecological Reserves (k) Closure provisions applicable to the Madison and Swanson sites, Steamboat Lumps, and the Edges.
(2) Within the Madison and Swanson sites and Steamboat Lumps, possession of Gulf reef fish is prohibited, except for such possession aboard a vessel in transit with fishing gear stowed as specified in paragraph (k)(4) of this section. (3) Within the Madison and Swanson sites and Steamboat Lumps during November through April, and within the Edges during January through April, all fishing is prohibited, and possession of any fish species is prohibited, except for such possession aboard a vessel in transit with fishing gear stowed as specified in paragraph (k)(4) of this section.
(5) Within the Madison and Swanson sites and Steamboat Lumps, during May through October, surface trolling is the only allowable fishing activity. For the purpose of this paragraph (k)(5), surface trolling is defined as fishing with lines trailing behind a vessel which is in constant motion at speeds in excess of four knots with a visible wake.
Such trolling may not involve the use of down riggers, wire lines, planers, or similar devices. (6) For the purpose of paragraph (k) of this section, fish means finish, mollusks, crustaceans, and all other forms of marine animal and plant life other than marine mammals and birds.
Madison-Swanson and Steamboat Lumps Reserves are closed to reef-fish fishing year round. Surface trolling for species other than reef fish is allowed May 1 through October 31.
The Edges (40 fathom contour) is closed January 1 through April 30 to all fishing. The Edges are a 390 nautical square mile region northwest of Steamboat Lumps.
For the purposes of paragraph (q) of this section, appropriately stowed means that a longline may be left on the drum if all gang ions and hooks are disconnected and stowed below deck; hooks cannot be baited; and all buoys must be disconnected from the gear but may remain on deck. (3) Within the Gulf EEA east of 85°30’ W. longitude, a vessel for which a valid eastern Gulf reef fish bottom longline endorsement has been issued that is fishing bottom longline gear or has bottom longline gear on board cannot possess more than a total of 1000 hooks including hooks on board the vessel and hooks being fished and cannot possess more than 750 hooks rigged for fishing at any given time.
© Reef fish longline and buoy gear restricted area. A person aboard a vessel that uses, on any trip, longline or buoy gear in the longline and buoy gear restricted area is limited on that trip to the bag limits for Gulf reef fish specified in §622.38(b) and, for Gulf reef fish for which no bag limit is specified in §622.38(b), the vessel is limited to 5 percent, by weight, of all fish on board or landed.
The use of longlines and buoy gear for reef fish is prohibited inside 50 fathoms west of Cape San Bias, Florida. East of Cape San Bias, the use of longlines and buoy gear for reef fish is prohibited inside 20 fathoms year round and 35 fathoms during June – August (see next page).
From June through August each year, bottom long lining for Gulf reef fish is prohibited in the portion of the Gulf EEA east of 85°30’ W longitude (Cape San Bias). Coral Amendment 9 Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (HA PCs) Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coral and Coral Reef Resources in the Gulf of Mexico U.S. waters (Amendment 9), which became effective on November 16, 2021, establishes 13 new habitat areas of particular concern with fishing regulations.
These areas have been identified as having sufficient numbers and diversity of deep-water corals to be considered essential fish habitat. The new areas are: West Florida Wall, Alabama Alps Reef, Law Pinnacles and Scamp Reef (combined area), Mississippi Canyon 118, Rough Tongue Reef, Visa Knoll 826, Visa Knoll 862/906, AT 047, AT 357, Green Canyon 852, Southern Bank, Harte Bank, and Pulley Ridge South Portion A.
Fishermen possessing a royal red shrimp endorsement that are deploying royal red shrimp fishing gear are exempt from the prohibition on deployment of bottom-tending gear.