NOAA Fisheries Announces Modifications to South Atlantic Red Snapper Fishing Seasons

October 13, 2020

FB20-061: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305, frank.helies@noaa.gov

KEY MESSAGE:

NOAA Fisheries announces the final rule for Regulatory Amendment 33 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 33).  This final rule allows the South Atlantic red snapper fishing season to be less than four days.

 

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

Regulations will be effective November 13, 2020.

 

SUMMARY OF CHANGES FOR RED SNAPPER:

The final rule removes the minimum season length requirement, and red snapper harvest could be open for either commercial or recreational harvest for three days or less.  The removal of this requirement improves access to the red snapper resource.

 

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for more information on these actions.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

 

Why is NOAA Fisheries removing the minimum season length requirement for South Atlantic red snapper?

  • The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council requested removal of the minimum season length requirement to improve access to red snapper.

 

How would the action in Regulatory Amendment 33 impact future fishing seasons, including 2020?

  • Currently, there is a requirement that if NOAA Fisheries projects the commercial or recreational catch limit will be met in three days or less, the commercial and/or recreational seasons will not open for that fishing year.
  • This rule removes the minimal season length requirement, and red snapper harvest could be open for either commercial or recreational harvest for three days or less.

 

Where can I find more information on Regulatory Amendment 33?

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on October 13, 2020