The NOAA announced that the annual catch limits for snowy group in the South Atlantic in both commercial and recreational sectors has been increased due to a recent assessment of the fish’s population.
The commercial trip limit has increased from 100 pounds gutted weight to 200 pounds gutted weight. Furthermore, the recreational fishing season has been modified from 1 fish per vessel per day year-round to 1 fish per vessel per day from May through August with no recreational retention during the rest of the year.
Officials are hoping that shortening the fishing season for snowy grouper will help reduce the risk of exceeding the annual catch limit. The new regulations will also give anglers a chance to fish for it when weather conditions are best.
To learn more about these regulations, please see the full length bulletin HERE