Red snapper anglers from Southeast Florida must be elated south of Jupiter up the coastline to Jacksonville. Each year, NOAA Fisheries announces the season-opening dates for red snapper in federal waters of the South Atlantic Ocean and the recreational season length.
Federal fishery managers announced last week that they would get a two-day recreational fishing season in 2022. Red snapper anglers in the Atlantic Ocean will have a chance to bring home one snapper per person with no size limit.
The recreational sector will open for harvest on the following 2 days, July 8 and 9, 2022. The recreational season opens at 12:01 a.m., on July 8, 2022, and closes at 12:01 a.m., on July 10, 2022.
The commercial sector will open for harvest at 12:01 a.m., on July 11, 2022, and will close at 12:01 a.m., on January 1, 2023. If the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date it may change.
Since NOAA Fisheries estimates the season length based on catch rates from the previous years, this year is shorter by one day to reduce the likelihood that the recreational landings would exceed the recreational annual catch limit in 2022.
In 2021, the recreational season was open for 3 days, and recreational landings are estimated to have exceeded the recreational annual catch limit by more than 9,000 fish.