No need to measure those vermillion snapper for a while, because the NOAA has closed the recreational fishery from November 1, 2009 through March 31, 2010. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration implemented these pro-active measures to 'end the over-fishing' of vermillion snapper and the closure is in effect both in state and federal waters from North Carolina down to the Florida Keys. Oh you can still go fishing, but with possession of vermillion snapper now prohibited during the closure, some fear there may be less reason for recreational fisherman to pursue the tradition of fishing. Lowcountryoutdoors.com will make an educated guess by saying that this is not the only fishery closure that will be instituted by the federal government in the name of 'over-fishing.'
PhotoByJeffDennis: A vermillion snapper is measured by Captain Mark Brown during a 12/08 bottom-fishing trip out of Shem Creek on the Teaser II