In 2012, a limited red snapper fishing season was established through an emergency action under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. At that time, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council) determined that some directed harvest could be allowed without compromising the rebuilding of the red snapper stock to target levels, and they saw the limited harvest as an opportunity to collect additional data on red snapper. Similarly, the South Atlantic Council has determined that retention of a limited number of red snapper, beginning in 2013, would not jeopardize the rebuilding of the red snapper stock if the acceptable biological catch (ABC) is not exceeded the previous year. As such, the South Atlantic Council has outlined a process in Amendment 28 where the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) would calculate the magnitude of red snapper harvest that would be allowed each year. If harvest is allowed (when last year’s mortality level is less than last year’s ABC), NMFS would announce the annual catch limit (ACL) as computed by the equation outlined in Amendment 28. The South Atlantic Council has chosen potential start dates for the commercial and recreational seasons in the amendment as the 2nd Monday and 2nd Friday in July, respectively. NMFS would also announce the end dates of the recreational season; the commercial season would be closed when the ACL is projected to be met. In Amendment 28, the South Atlantic Council also has specified the following preferred alternatives: (1) a commercial trip limit of 75 pounds gutted weight; (2) a recreational bag limit of one per person per day; and (3) removal of the minimum size limit.