Florida Red Snapper Season for Federal Waters In The Gulf Of Mexico Has Been Established For 2013
These new regs are confusing enough. Be sure to see the Red Snapper season for Florida state waters in the Gulf Of Mexico here.
NOAA has had to change the season! AMENDED ON 06/06/2013 FROM Federal Waters 26-day season open June 1 through June 26 closing June 27
TO Federal Waters 28-day season open June 1 through June 28 closing June 29
Size and daily bag limit:
16″ total length, 2 per harvester per day (bag limit not changing)
*(included in the 10 per harvester per day state snapper aggregate bag limit)
*Zero daily bag and possession limit for captain and crew on for hire vessels.
As a side note as taken from the FWC website some interesting facts about red snappers…
Red snapper are long-lived, early-maturing reef fish that are broadly distributed in the Gulf of Mexico. They can live to be 57. Older, larger females contribute far more eggs than younger, smaller females. To have a sustainable red snapper stock, there should be an abundance of older/larger fish to maximize the number of young fish coming into the fishery.
One 24-inch female red snapper (about an 8 year old fish) produces as many eggs as 212 17-inch females (about 5 years old).
Updates for Gray Triggerfish.
Changes include a two-fish recreational bag limit and a season closure in June and July, which will protect gray triggerfish during their peak spawning season and aid in the rebuilding of the stock. These changes will go into effect June 10, 2013.
State Waters Harvest Seasons:
NEW: Gulf 2013 harvest closure will start June 10 and run through July 31 with the first day of the opening being Aug. 1 in state waters. Effective June 10: 2-fish bag limit, minimum length needs to 14″ at the fork.
Federal Waters Harvest Seasons:
Gulf of Mexico: Season opens January 1, 2013. Size limit: 14″ fork length. Upcoming changes for the 2013 Gulf season: 2 fish bag limit within the 20 reef fish aggregate and a closed season of June 1 – July 31, effective June 10, 2013.
Please be safe on the water have a a GREAT opening to Red Snapper season!
Light winds, calm seas and tight lines!
Mike and Vivian Foate