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Commercial Reopening for Red Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on October 6, 2023, for Four Days

September 29, 2023

FB23-070: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary Vara, mary.vara@noaa.gov, (727) 209-5967


  • The commercial harvest of red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters will reopen at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 6, 2023, and close at 12:01 a.m., local time, on October 10, 2023During the four-day reopening, the commercial trip limit for red snapper is 75 pounds gutted weight. 


Why This Reopening Is Happening:

  • The 2023 commercial catch limit for red snapper is 124,815 pounds whole weight.  On August 18, 2023, the commercial catch limit for the 2023 season was projected to be met, and NOAA Fisheries closed commercial harvest.  However, new information indicates that the red snapper commercial catch limit was not met.
  • As a reminder, recreational harvest is closed.  Therefore, the recreational bag and possession limit for red snapper in or from South Atlantic federal waters is zero. 


After The Reopening:

  • The 2024 fishing season for the red snapper commercial sector will begin on the second Monday in July, unless otherwise specified.
  • The 2024 recreational season, which consists of weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), will begin on the second Friday in July, unless otherwise specified.


This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at  https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6#_top.

Sign Up for Text Message Alerts – Find Out About Immediate Openings and Closures

NOAA's Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery-related alerts via text message (SMS).  Standard message & data rates may apply.  You may opt-out at any time.


Text alerts you may receive include:

  • Immediate fishery openings and closures
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly


Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777

Quick Glance Contact List for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office

Permits Mailbox: The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, FL now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).  You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers.  Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.  For more information contact the Permits Office at 877-376-4877.

Other contacts:

Media: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

Recreational Fishing Coordinator: Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202


Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on September 29, 2023