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So they announced the Gulf season... 40days.

When will they announce the Atlantic season?

I hope they don't wait like last year and give us a few days in Dec when the seas were 6-8ft!!


  • beat to fitbeat to fit Posts: 2,081 Captain

    ATE: April 13, 2018
    CONTACT: Frank Helies, 727-824-5305

     Request for Comments: Limited Opening of Recreational and Commercial Red Snapper Fishery in South Atlantic Federal Waters


    NOAA Fisheries requests comments on Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 43).  The proposed actions would specify recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning in 2018.

    • Red snapper recreational and commercial seasons would open in South Atlantic federal waters for limited harvest in 2018. 
    • The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council approved Amendment 43 after recent scientific information indicated an increase in the red snapper population since 2014.
    • NOAA Fisheries determined the proposed limited harvest in 2018 is neither expected to result in overfishing, nor prevent continued rebuilding of the population.

    *Comment period begins on April 16, 2018, and comments are due by June 15, 2018*


    • The total annual catch limit would be 42,510 fish.
    • The recreational annual catch limit would be 29,656 fish.
    • The recreational bag limit would be one red snapper per person per day.  This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the captain and crew on for-hire vessels may retain the recreational bag limit).
    • The commercial annual catch limit would be 124,815 pounds whole weight.
    • The commercial trip limit would be 75 pounds gutted weight.
    • There would be no minimum size limit for the recreational or commercial sectors.
    • The opening and closing of the recreational sector would be specified before the recreational season begins and would be weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday).
    • The commercial sector would close when the commercial annual catch limit is projected to be met. 
    • Amendment 43 specifies that the commercial sector would open the 2nd Monday in July and the recreational sector would open the 2nd Friday in July.  If the fishing seasons do not open exactly on these dates, they would open as close to these dates as possible.
    • NOAA Fisheries will announce the opening dates, if the amendment is approved, in a future Fishery Bulletin.

    PLEASE NOTE:  The timing of the 2018 season is contingent on when the final rule for Amendment 43 is implemented, if approved. 


    The comment period begins on April 16, 2018, and comments are due by June 15, 2018.  You may submit comments by electronic submission or by postal mail.  Comments sent by any other method (such as e-mail), to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NOAA Fisheries.

    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. 

    1. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0148.
    2. Click the "Comment Now!" icon, complete the required fields.
    3. Enter or attach your comments.

    Mail: Submit written comments to Frank Helies, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

    This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. 


  • bustinbustin Posts: 95 Deckhand
    I feel like I either need a calculator and/or an attorney just to figure out when, where and what I can catch. This is just nuts, but I am thankful for this forum and other anglers getting the news out about all this. Thanks.
  • BluewaterfeverBluewaterfever Posts: 447 Deckhand
    Looks like it will open here, South Atlantic,  on Friday, July 13 if I'm reading correctly. It will be Fri, Sat and Sunday, consecutive weekends until quota is met,29,656 fish.
    How they are gonna count the fish?
    Dumb Fish Die First
  • Rich MRich M Posts: 1,326 Officer
    We're supposed to sign up with some website and report our trips and catches.
  • LivinTheDreamPCLivinTheDreamPC Posts: 223 Deckhand
    Last year they had civilian dressed FWC volunteers / scientists at port canaveral (like 10 people) they interviewed every boat that came in with fish.  It was optional to give them your fish so they can remove the ear bone (age/dna/not sure) and they gave your fish back to you whole.   But they did ask everyone if they got fish and they did ask in a polite but necessary way to get a weight of every fish.  Not sure about the other boat ramps.  Or other ports.  I imagine they can get a good general idea approx. by sporty catches.  Then the commercial guys catches are logged electronically.  Not sure if that gives some insight to what you asked.
  • beachsideandybeachsideandy Posts: 925 Officer
    Yeah we let them do whatever to our fish at the ramp and it only took a few mins. No big deal.
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