Red Snapper For Hire Season Charter Boats


March 7, 2019 - Orange Beach, AL - (OBA®) - The 2019 red snapper fishing season for federally permitted for-hire vessels is 62 days in federal waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

Season dates are:

  • Federally Permitted For-Hire Vessels: June 1, 2019, 12:01 a.m., local time, until August 2, 2019, at 12:01 a.m., local time.
  • Private Anglers Note:  The Gulf states will each set their private angling season.  Please check with your state agency for specific dates and read below.


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  • The red snapper total recreational quota is 7,399,000 pounds.  57.7% is allocated to the private angling component and 42.3% is allocated to the for-hire component. 
  • For the for-hire component:
    • The 2019 annual catch target for the federal for-hire component is 2,848,000 pounds whole weight.
    • The number of days for the federal for-hire component to harvest its annual catch target was projected using recent catch rates and mean weights.
  • For the private angling component:
    • NOAA Fisheries issued exempted fishing permits for 2018 and 2019 that allow each Gulf state (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) to set the season for the private angling component for red snapper caught in state and federal waters that are landed in that state.  Each state will provide a separate announcement notifying anglers when their season will open and close. 
    • Private anglers with the appropriate state licenses are exempt from the federal closure and are able to land fish caught in federal waters only during seasons specified by the states. 
    • States will monitor red snapper private angler landings and close their seasons if the state’s assigned quota is reached or projected to be reached.