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NOAA Fisheries Announces the Length of the 2024 Recreational Fishing Season for Gag in the South Atlantic Region

March 18, 2024

FB24-016: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: South Atlantic Branch, 727-824-5305


  • The 2024 recreational fishing season for gag in federal waters of the South Atlantic will start at 12:01 a.m., (local time), on May 1, 2024, and end at 12:01 a.m., (local time) on June 15, 2024. 
  • NOAA Fisheries estimates that recreational landings during the 2024 fishing season will reach the 2024 recreational annual catch limit of 133,075 pounds gutted weight by June 15, 2024.
  • Recreational harvest for the 2025 fishing year in South Atlantic federal waters will open at 12:01 a.m., (local time), on May 1, 2025, unless otherwise specified.


Why This Announcement is Happening:

  • NOAA Fisheries must reduce the length of the 2024 season because recreational landings in 2023 exceeded the recreational annual catch limit.
  • NOAA Fisheries must reduce the season by the amount necessary to prevent the recreational annual catch limit from being exceeded in 2024.
  • The requirements to reduce the season were effective on October 23, 2023, through the final rule to implement Amendment 53 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region.
  • The final rule also reduced the annual catch limits for gag to end overfishing and rebuild the stock.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations at 50 CFR part 622 or at https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-VI/part-622/subpart-I/.


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, Florida 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.


Media Contact: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

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


Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on March 18, 2024