recreational harvest of red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters
will reopen for three days in December 2017, per a press release from
the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council.
Recreational harvest will reopen 12:01 a.m.
(local time) on December 8, 2017, and close 12:01 a.m. (local time) on
December 11, 2017. During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag
limit for red snapper is one fish per person per day, with no minimum
Recreational harvest of red snapper was allowed
for six days in November 2017. The 2017 recreational catch limit for
red snapper is 29,656 fish. As of November 16, 2017, preliminary
estimates of recreational harvest indicate that the catch limit has not
been caught, likely due to inclement weather.
Harvest projections show that an additional
three-day opening for red snapper by the recreational sector would not
result in harvest exceeding the 2017 recreational catch limit.
After this December reopening, recreational
harvest of red snapper will be closed for the remaining part of 2017
beginning at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017.
Full regulations for the recreational harvest of red snapper 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.