The 2014 Gulf of Mexico red snapper recreational season will be 40 days, opening at 12:01 a.m., June 1, 2014, and closing at 12:01 a.m., July 11, 2014. We are part of a Gulf of Mexico Headboat Collaborative Pilot program, beginning January 1, 2014.
NOAA Fisheries Service published a final rule in October 2013 implementing an 11 million pound whole weight (mp ww) total allowable catch for Gulf of Mexico red snapper. This catch level was the highest ever for red snapper and was allocated 51% to the commercial sector (5.61 mp ww) and 49% to the recreational sector (5.39 mp ww). The catch level is expected to remain at 11 mp through the 2014 season. The red snapper recreational fishing season opens each year on June 1 and closes when the recreational quota is met or projected to be reached. Prior to June 1 each year, NOAA Fisheries projects the season closing date based on the previous year’s data, and notifies the public of the closing date for the upcoming season. If subsequent data indicate that the quota has not been reached by that closing date, NOAA Fisheries may re-open the season.