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2019 Gulf Red Snapper Season

2019 Gulf Red Snapper Season

The 2019 red snapper recreational season in Gulf state and federal waters will be open June 11 through July 12, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. 

Red snapper are long-lived, early-maturing reef fish that are broadly distributed in the Gulf of Mexico. They can live to be 57. Older, larger females contribute far more eggs than younger, smaller females. To have a sustainable red snapper stock, there should be an abundance of older/larger fish to maximize the number of young fish coming into the fishery.

One 24-inch female red snapper (about an 8 year old fish) produces as many eggs as 212 17-inch females (about 5 years old).

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