NOAA seeking comments on 40-day snapper season

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The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration is seeking public comment on Amendment 43 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region.

The comment period began Monday and the comments are due by June 15. Yesterday, it was announced that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Gov. Rick Scott announced a 40-day recreational red snapper season for both Gulf state and federal waters.

As reported by, the proposed actions would specify recreational and commercial annual catch limits for red snapper beginning this year.

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 said the proposed limited 2018 harvest won’t result in overfishing or prevent the continued restoration of the red snapper population.