Commercial Yellowtail Snapper Closure in Atlantic June 5 to August 1

Another early closure of the commercial yellowtail snapper season has local fishermen again raising the issue of moving some or all of the unused recreational quota to the commercial side. Federal fishery managers will close the commercial yellowtail snapper season two months early this year because the commercial sector is projected to reach its 1.5 … Read more

Yellowtail Snapper Fishing Year Change Approved

Federal fishery managers have approved a measure that they hope will prevent a closure like the one that occurred in the lucrative Florida Keys commercial yellowtail snapper fishery earlier this year. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council agreed to modify the current fishing year for yellowtail snapper, changing it from a calendar year to an August to … Read more

Commercial Yellowtail Limits Being Put in Place

The commercial harvest of yellowtail snapper in federal South Atlantic waters closes at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, fishery managers declared Monday. The year’s annual catch limit of 1,596,510 pounds will be reached by then, the National Marine Fisheries Service reported. Commercial boats in the Florida Keys produce most of the state’s snapper — an estimated 976,982 … Read more