Federal charter fishing for red snapper to reopen Oct. 15

NOAA Fisheries announced that the federal for-hire season for red snapper will reopen at 12:01 a.m. on October 15, 2021, and will remain open through November 6, 2021.

NOAA Fisheries reviewed landings data and determined that the red snapper recreational for-hire sector’s annual catch target was not reached during the open season. For more information, please see the NOAA Fisheries website at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/bulletin/reopening-2021-federal-gulf-mexico-red-snapper-recreational-hire-season.

LDWF would like to remind anglers that this reopening only allows for-hire trips in federal waters for vessels that have a federal for-hire reef fish permit. State charter vessels that do not have a federal for-hire reef fish permit may only fish in state waters, out to 9 nautical miles, during an open state season.