Saturday, September 8, 2012

South Atlantic Red Snapper September 2012 Open Season

In September, recreational anglers will be get 6 fishing days for red snapper in South Atlantic federal waters. Based on a recommendation by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council), The recreational fishing season will open for two consecutive weekends made up of Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

The recreational red snapper season opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 14, 2012, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 17, 2012; the season then reopens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 21, 2012, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on September 24, 2012.

During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper. The red snapper recreational annual catch limit for 2012 is 9,399 fish.

NOAA Fisheries may change the commercial and recreational season dates if severe weather conditions exist. If severe weather conditions exist, NOAA Fisheries will announce via NOAA Weather Radio and a Fishery Bulletin any change in the red snapper fishing seasons.

After the conclusion of the recreational September 14-17, 2012, and September 21-24, 2012 fishing seasons, red snapper may not be harvested or possessed in federal waters of the South Atlantic.

Harvest and possession prohibitions also apply to state waters for vessels holding federal snapper-grouper permits.

More information, including Frequently Asked Questions for the 2012 red snapper fishing seasons can be found online at:

source: SAFMC

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