Red Snapper Season in the Gulf of Mexico for 2016 Announced

Private-boat anglers will have a total of nine days in 2016 to harvest snapper from federal waters.

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Catch 'em while you can — because despite the undeniable abundance of red snapper in the Gulf, sport fishing for the species is open to all anglers this year for just nine days.Doug Olander / Sport Fishing

NOAA announced the very short season for harvest red snapper in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico that most in the recreational-fishing community had been expecting: Private-boat anglers may begin keeping red snapper (at least 16 inches long) beginning at 12:01 a.m., June 1. Their nine-day season ends at 12:01 a.m., June 10.

Since the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council has adopted sector separation, charter-boat anglers may harvest red snapper for a considerably longer period. Their season begins on June 1 also but doesn't end until July 17 at 12:10 a.m.

More information is available in this NOAA Southeast Fishery Bulletin.