If you were hoping to catch South Atlantic red snapper season, start dreaming of 2017 because for 2016, it’s been cancelled.
The news comes straight from NOAA itself, as red snapper season will remain closed in South Atlantic Federal waters for the duration of 2016. The ban includes both commercial and recreational seasons because “the total number of red snapper removed from the population in 2015 exceeded the allowable level.”
This ban is not a randomized process – it’s part of a standardized process that keeps in mind the previous year’s harvest in terms of population rebuilding.
As far as red snapper goes, the allowable limit for 2015 was 114,000 fish. NOAA estimates that 276,729 fish were removed, so the fishery will be closed this season.