Red snapper is an iconic American fish, extremely popular among commercial and recreational fishermen. In the Gulf, commercial fishermen harvest red snapper in the reef fish fishery along with other snappers and groupers, mainly offshore in federal waters.
Federal authorities including NOAA Fisheries and the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council are responsible for monitoring and managing these fisheries resources. Any applicable state management measures are fairly consistent with federal measures—some states automatically adopt federal regulations and others have separate regulations. For example, recreational catch limits and seasons are often different. Gulf state and federal enforcement agents partner to enforce fisheries laws and regulations. The Gulf states also conduct research on red snapper and collect data on red snapper commercial and recreational fisheries, providing important information to support management of this valuable resource.
For more information about red snapper, including its status, biological information, and a description of the fishery and how it’s managed, see NOAA’s FishWatch.gov.