|Photo: Kathy Hoak|
This year’s Gulf-wide red snapper recreational annual catch target is 5,753,600 pounds. The private recreational red snapper quota is 3,319,827 pounds and the federal for-hire red snapper quota is 2,433,773 pounds.
Let’s take a look at how the season length is calculated..
|Photo: Mark Miller|
|Photo: Kale Reynolds|
The private recreational season calculation is a bit more complicated. Fish that are harvested in state waters count against the federal quota, so the private recreational red snapper quota must be reduced by the amount of fish harvested during the state seasons. (The federal for-hire quota is not reduced by the state water season because federally permitted vessels are not allowed to fish state seasons so, there are no state season fish harvested by federally permitted vessels.)