Federal Government increasing for-hire catch limits for red snapper

 PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – The federal government is increasing the for-hire catch limits for red and gray snapper for 2024. The total recreational red snapper quota is 7,991,900 pounds, and 58% of that can go to private fishermen. 42% is reserved for charter boats and other for-hire vessels, according to a news release. The […] [[{“value”:”

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – The federal government is increasing the for-hire catch limits for red and gray snapper for 2024.

The total recreational red snapper quota is 7,991,900 pounds, and 58% of that can go to private fishermen. 42% is reserved for charter boats and other for-hire vessels, according to a news release.

The season for federally permitted for-hire reef fish vessels will open June 1 at 12:01 a.m. and ends August 28 at 12:01 a.m. local time. That’s a total of 88 days. This only applied to federal waters.

On April 30, Governor Ron DeSantis announced a 103-day snapper season for Florida State waters.

Both the state and federal seasons are the longest in recent years.

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