Reef Fish

Final Rule to Modify GOM Mutton Snapper and Gag Management Measures

Man holding mutton snapper on boat

NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule modifying commercial and recreational mutton snapper and commercial gag management measures in the Gulf of Mexico. The rule will: Modify the annual catch limit for mutton snapper Remove the annual catch target Decrease the mutton snapper recreational bag limit Increase the mutton snapper commercial…

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NOAA Requests Landing Locations for Commercially Permitted Reef Fish Vessels

school of red snapper swimming in blue water

In May 2017, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council approved new requirements to improve compliance and increase management flexibility in the Gulf of Mexico individual fishing quota (IFQ) programs. One change will require all reef fish permit holders to land at locations pre-approved by NOAA Fisheries Service’s Office of Law…

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Vermillion Snapper Annual Catch Limit Reduced

Fresh vermilion snapper on ice

KEY MESSAGE:  NOAA Fisheries announces a reduction to the annual catch limit for vermilion snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf).  The annual catch limit is the maximum amount of vermilion snapper that can be landed each year.  NOAA Fisheries is also specifying a proxy for the maximum sustainable yield,…

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2018 Recreational-For-Hire Red Snapper Season Announced

school of red snapper swimming in blue water

WHAT/WHEN: NOAA Fisheries has issued exempted fishing permits, which allow each Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) state to set their own season for the red snapper private angling component in state and federal waters during 2018 and 2019. The 2018 fishing season for the federally permitted for-hire component will be 51…

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Recreational Gray Triggerfish and Greater Amberjack 2018 Seasons – Clarification of Regulations

greater amberjack

WHAT/WHEN: The recreational harvest of gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico federal waters will open 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2018, and will close at 12:01a.m., local time, on January 16, 2018.  Recreational triggerfish harvest will reopen on March 1, 2018. The recreational harvest of greater amberjack in…

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