National Marine Fisheries Service has declared vermilion
snapper (beeliners) to be over-fished, and the federal reef
fish management plan includes measures to end over-fishing
and rebuild the spawning stock over 10 years.
commercial fishery for vermilion snapper will have a closed
season from April 22 through May 31 each year. Both state
and federal laws now specify that the minimum size for vermilion
snapper for both recreational and commercial harvesters
will increase from 10 to 11 inches.
anglers should be sure to note the changes in snapper regulations.
Vermilion snapper are still part of a 20-fish per person
aggregate bag limit for vermillion, lane, gray triggerfish,
almaco jack, goldface tilefish, tilefish, blackline tilefish,
anchor tilefish and blueline tilefish. However, not more
than 10 vermilion snapper per person may be included in
that bag limit.