Thursday, May 5, 2011

2011 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Red Snapper Regulations

According to NOAA Fisheries Service, the Gulf of Mexico recreational red snapper season opens June 1, 2011. Regulators are predicting the red snapper recreational quota will be harvested by July 18, 2011. The fishing season will close at 12:01 a.m. July 19, 2011.

The 48-day season is the shortest season to date since the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council chose to begin the season on June 1, and is, in part, the result of the increasing size of the fish being landed. 

For more information on how the red snapper season length was calculated, refer to a document titled “2011 Recreational Red Snapper Quota Closure Analysis” located on the Southeast Regional Office’s Web Page.

The final red snapper rule published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2011 and can be obtained in electronic form from the Federal Register Web site: (use advanced search for final rules using “BA54” as a keyword).

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