Gulf Red Snapper Sport Season Reopens in Federal Waters

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The recreational harvest season for red snapper in Gulf of Mexico federal waters opens on June 1 and will close on Aug. 5.  Gulf federal waters extend beyond nine nautical miles from shore off of Florida.

The red snapper sport harvest season opened on April 15 in Gulf state waters and will close on Nov. 1.  Florida Gulf waters extend from shore out to nine nautical miles.

The daily red snapper bag limit for sport anglers in all Gulf waters off of Florida is two fish per person, and the captain and crew of for-hire vessels in the Gulf may not keep the recreational bag limit.

The minimum size limit for recreational red snapper in the Gulf is 16 inches total length.

More information about red snapper management and regulations is available online at