Marine - Red Snapper Carcass Drop Off Program

Red snapper

2017 limited harvest for Red Snapper:

Recreational Fishing: (Reopening)

  • December 8, 9, and 10, 2017 - The recreational season will reopen again at 12:01 a.m., local time, on December 8, 2017, and closes at 12:01 a.m., local time, on December 11, 2017.
  • During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag limit for red snapper is one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit.
  • After this reopening, recreational harvest of red snapper will be closed for the remaining part of 2017 beginning at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017

Commercial Fishing: open for harvest upon implementation of the emergency rule at 12:01 a.m., local time, on November 2, 2017, and will close at 11:59 p.m., local time, on December 31, 2017, unless the commercial annual catch limit is met or projected to be met before this date.

  • NOAA Fisheries will announce if the commercial sector needs to close before 11:59 p.m., local time, on December 31, 2017.
  • Trip limit is 75 pounds gutted weight, no minimum size limit

Recreational Reopening of Red Snapper in South Atlantic Federal Waters on December 8, 9, & 10, 2017

Recreational harvest of red snapper was allowed for six days in November 2017. The 2017 recreational catch limit for red snapper is 29,656 fish. As of November 16, 2017, preliminary estimates of recreational harvest indicate that the catch limit has not been caught, likely due to inclement weather. Harvest projections show that an additional three-day opening for red snapper by the recreational sector would not result in harvest exceeding the 2017 recreational catch limit.

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources has placed freezers at select docks, marinas, and at bait shops that recreational anglers can use to drop off fish carcasses.

These sites will have catch cards that go along with the fish carcass in a carcass bag. The catch cards are intended to provide data and information about a fisherman's trip, such as date and length of trip.

State biologists will collect the frozen carcasses. They will measure the length of the carcass and remove the otoliths (ear bones) to determine the fish's age.

How it Works:

  1. Once back to the dock, filet your fish.
  2. Keep the carcass with the head and tail intact.
  3. Take the carcass to one of the collection freezer locations.
  4. Place your fish in one of the provided plastic bags.
  5. Fill out the provided catch card.
    • At the time of your catch, please make sure that you note your catch location using Latitude and Longitude (for use on the catch card)
  6. Place the completed catch card in the bag with the fish.
  7. Tie bag closed and place it in the collection freezer.

Freezer Locations: