Rutherford Announces Dates for 2018 Red Snapper Season

July 23, 2018
Press Release

Jacksonville, FL – Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04) announces the dates for a limited opening of recreational and commercial red snapper seasons in South Atlantic federal waters. This season is a result of the National Marine Fisheries Service’s approval of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Amendment 43, which authorized a 2018 red snapper season after a recent study showed an increase in the red snapper population. Rep. Rutherford has been a strong, outspoken advocate for approval of Amendment 43, including having sent a letter to NOAA in support of this amendment. To read the letter, click here. Congressman Rutherford released the following statement on NOAA’s approval of amendment 43.


“I always hear from my constituents about the abundance of red snapper off the coast of Northeast Florida. For too long, our anglers have been unable to access this abundant fishery,” said Rutherford. “I am very pleased with NOAA’s approval of Amendment 43. After the 2017 mini-season, this represents another great step towards dependable access to our red snapper fishery.”


Dates and additional information below:



  • The recreational sector will be open two weekends next month: August 10th – 12th and August 17th – 19th.
    • The recreational bag limit will be one red snapper per person per day. This applies to private and charterboat/headboat vessels (the captain and crew on for-hire vessels may retain the recreational bag limit).
  • The recreational annual catch limit will be 29,656 fish.



  • The commercial sector will be open for harvest on July 26 and will close on December 31, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date.
  • The commercial annual catch limit will be 124,815 pounds whole weight (12,854 fish).
    • The commercial trip limit will be 75 pounds gutted weight.


* There will be no minimum or maximum size limit for the recreational or commercial sectors.