Recreational anglers can once again fish for and keep red snapper in 2017.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced in its South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin newsletter that harvesting will reopen to recreational anglers for three days, December 8-10, because preliminary estimates indicate anglers have not reached the 29,656-fish catch limit set for 2017.
The recreational and commercial harvest of red snapper was allowed for six days in November — the first time anglers were allowed to fish for red snapper in this area since 2014 — and projections estimate an additional three days will not surpass the catch limit.
Red snapper restrictions in federal waters has been a hotly contested topic among recreational anglers in many fisheries, notably the Gulf of Mexico. Three extra days certainly will make many South Atlantic anglers happy.
The bag limit for this three-day opening is one fish per person per day with no minimum size restrictions.
For more information, read the full regulations for red snapper fishing in South Atlantic federal waters.