FWC: Florida's Gulf recreational red snapper quota met, no fall season

Special to Gannett
Red snapper at HarborWalk Village in Destin.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Florida’s recreational red snapper quota in Gulf state and federal waters was met during the June 4 through July 28 open season. 

Anglers had the opportunity to enjoy a 55-day summer Gulf red snapper season this year, which is the longest summer season for Florida since FWC was delegated the ability to set the season for private recreational anglers in Gulf federal waters off Florida by the federal government. This season was chosen to maximize harvest opportunities during summer, which is when red snapper fishing is most popular, and to allow as much of Florida’s 2021 quota to be harvested as possible. 

Because the FWC cannot allow recreational harvest of Gulf red snapper once Florida’s quota has been reached, Gulf red snapper harvest will not reopen this fall for Florida anglers fishing from private recreational vessels in Gulf state and federal waters, or for for-hire operations that are licensed to fish in state waters but are not federally-permitted. 

While the FWC knows many Florida anglers were hoping for a fall season, the commission looks forward to a successful Gulf recreational red snapper season in 2022. 

For updates on snapper regulations, visit MyFWC.com/Marine and click on “Recreational Regulations” and “Snappers,” which is under the “Regulations by Species – Reef Fish” tab.