State Recreational Red Snapper Management Exempted Fishing Permits

Five exempted fishing permits (EFPs) were issued to allow limited state management of recreational red snapper. The EFPs were issued to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, and Texas Parks & Wildlife Department by NOAA Fisheries for the 2018 and 2019 fishing years. The EFPs authorize the state agencies, with certain conditions, to allow red snapper landed by the private angling component (includes private vessel and state-licensed charter vessel anglers) within certain time periods determined by the respective states. In approving these EFPs, NOAA Fisheries evaluated the applications, asked for comments from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and solicited input from the public through a 21-day comment period.

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2018 Recreational Red Snapper Landings


Each Gulf of Mexico state, under an exempted fishing permit (EFP), is managing their red snapper
private angling component under a state-specific annual catch limit. The states are tracking their red
snapper landings and are reporting them to NOAA Fisheries. Reported landings from the states are
preliminary and are subject to change as more complete information becomes available.

2018 Preliminary Red Snapper Landings (pounds), Annual Catch Limit(ACL), and Percent of the State ACL for the Private Angling Component Reported by Each State Marine Resource Agency

State Pounds Landed



Percent of

Florida(a) --- --- 1,778,515 ---
Alabama(b) 1,015,733 July 15, 2018 984,291 103.2
Mississippi(c) 82,535 July 8, 2018 137,949 59.8
Louisiana(d) 344,029 July 1, 2018 743,000 46.3
Texas(e) 68,708 July 13, 2018 241,245 28.5

(a) Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (Note: Florida’s Gulf Reef Fish Survey relies on a monthly mail survey for fishing effort, and preliminary estimates are available approximately 50 days after the end of each month )
(b) Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
(c) Mississippi Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
(d) Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
(e) Texas Parks and Wildlife Department


Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) Applications


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