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.