Limited Red Snapper Harvest Approved For July

Data from anglers could improve future fishing opportunties.

Georgia DNR Staff | July 2, 2014

The U.S. Secretary of Commerce has approved a request by NOAA Fisheries to allow limited harvest of red snapper in the federal waters of the South Atlantic. Anglers can harvest red snapper during the following three weekends: July 11-13 (Friday through Sunday), July 18-20 (Friday through Sunday), and July 25 & 26 (Friday and Saturday). Each angler is allowed one red snapper per day with no size restriction.

Georgia DNR is working with NOAA Fisheries to collect data on the South Atlantic red snapper population. These data will be used to estimate harvest, discards, and fishing effort and to determine the age, size, and growth of red snapper in the population. There are several ways that Georgia anglers can help.

Anglers and fishing guides can place filleted red snapper carcasses in chest freezers located at fishing access points along the Georgia coast (go to to find a list of locations). One lucky angler or guide who participates in this special effort will receive a $100 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Over the past decade, the Marine Sportfish Carcass Recovery Project has collected thousands of fish carcasses that inform biologists of the size, age and gender of saltwater fish being harvested by anglers.  Each freezer has catch cards and plastic bags to be used by participating anglers.

Anglers can also provide information about their red snapper fishing trips by going to and completing a short survey for each trip. The survey includes questions about the date of trip, length of trip and departure location, as well as depth fished and the number and size of fish harvested and released.

Finally, CRD staff will be conducting routine interviews at boating access points so they can intercept red snapper anglers to collect information on their fishing trip and catch. Anglers are encouraged to participate in these dockside surveys by answering questions and allowing their catch to be processed for biological data.

“Anglers and guides have an opportunity to be citizen scientists by helping Georgia DNR collect data on red snapper. Last year, 86 red snapper landed in Georgia were examined by biologists to determine size, age, and gender. These fish ranged from 1 to 25 years of age with approximately 91% being 10 years old or younger. Data from these fish will be combined with that from other South Atlantic states in an upcoming population assessment,” explains Spud Woodward, director of the Coastal Resources Division.

The recreational harvest of red snapper in federal waters will be allowed on the dates and times listed in the table below.  During the open recreational season, the bag limit is one fish per person per day and there is no minimum size limit.

Recreational Opening Date/Time : Recreational Closure Date/Time

Weekend 1       Friday, July 11 (at 12:01 a.m.) : Monday, July 14 (at 12:01 a.m.)
Weekend 2       Friday, July 18 (at 12:01 a.m.) : Monday, July 21 (at 12:01 a.m.)
Weekend 3       Friday, July 25 (at 12:01 a.m.) : Sunday, July 27 (at 12:01 a.m.)

The commercial harvest of red snapper in federal waters opens at 12:01 a.m., local time, on July 14, 2014. The commercial season will end when the annual catch limit is projected to be met; NOAA Fisheries will announce the closure in their publication “Southeast Fishery Bulletin.” During the open commercial season, the daily trip limit is 75 pounds gutted weight and there is no minimum size limit for red snapper.

More information on red snapper regulations in federal waters can be found at
Marine Sportfish Carcass Recovery Project Freezer Locations:
Freezer Location, Address, City, Phone
Hogan’s Marina, 36 Wilmington Island Rd, Savannah, 912) 897-3474
Two-Way Fish Camp, 250 Ricefield Way, Brunswick, (912) 265-0410
Shellman Fish Camp , 1254 Bland Rd NE, Townsend, (912) 832-4331
Halfmoon Marina, 171 Azalea Road, Midway, (912) 884-5819
Landings Yacht Club, 1 Marina Dr, Savannah, (912) 598-1901
Bahia Blue Marina, 2812 River Dr, Thunderbolt, (912) 354-2283
Crooked River State Park, 6222 Charlie Smith Sr. Hwy, St. Marys, (912) 882-5256
Fort McAllister Marina, 3203 Fort McAllister Rd, Richmond Hill, (912) 727-2632
Lang’s Marina, 100 Saint Marys Street East, St. Marys, 912) 882-4452
Tybee Island Marina, 4 Old US Highway 80, Tybee Island, (912) 786-5554
Hickory Bluff Marina, 307 Hickory Bluff Drive, Waverly, (912) 262 0453
Georgia DNR CRD, One Conservation Way, Brunswick, (912) 264-7218

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