2017 and 2018 Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center has provided the following preliminary landings estimates for species in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s area of jurisdiction subject to annual catch limits (ACLs).

Dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are required to have a federal Gulf and South Atlantic dealer permit and submit weekly, electronic reports.  Reports must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. local time, every Tuesday.  If no purchases are made, a no-purchase form must also be submitted online, once per week.  Dealers may not purchase fish if they have not submitted timely reports and will not be able to renew their permits if reports are outstanding.  Dealers can apply for a permit here

Please see the Fishery Bulletin for additional information.

Dealers reporting purchases of king mackerel landed by the gillnet sector for the Gulf West Coast Florida Southern Sub-Zone will be required to submit forms the day after landings by 10:00 a.m., local time

This page was updated on 1/9/2018.

For a list of seasonal closures,  please visit Gulf of Mexico Seasons and Closures

For the most current federal regulations, please visit:  Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 622 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic

Preliminary 2018 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date landings available through: Will be coming soon

Species Complex Fishing Year
 
Fixed Closed Months Current Landings
(lb)
Units ACT
(lb)
ACT
%
ACL
(lb)
(a)
ACL
(%)
Current Status  Quota Closure
Gray Triggerfish Jan 1 - Dec 31 June 1- July 31 ww 60,900 64,100

OPEN

Greater Amberjack Jan 1 - Dec 31 March 1 - May 31 ww 277,651 319,140 OPEN
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 n/a as reported n/a 70,000 OPEN  

(a) When the ACT is projected to be met, harvest is closed.  If there are overages to the ACL, the ACT is reduced the following year by the amount of the overage.

Shallow Water Grouper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Deep Water Grouper, Red Snapper and Tilefishes are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish IFQ Program. Current IFQ landings can be found at the IFQ Homepage.

Preliminary 2017 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date landings available through: January 9, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year
 
Fixed Closed Months Current Landings
(lb)
Units ACT
(lb)
ACT
%
ACL
(lb)
(a)
ACL
(%)
Current Status  Quota Closure
Gray Triggerfish (c) Jan 1 - Dec 31 June 1- July 31 63,037 ww 60,900 103.51 64,100 98.34 CLOSED 11/17/2017
Greater Amberjack (b) Jan 1 - Dec 31 March 1 - May 31 451,350 ww 394,740 114.34 464,400 97.19 CLOSED 6/20/2017
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 - 34,640 as reported n/a n/a 70,000 49.49 CLOSED  

 (a) When the ACT is projected to be met, harvest is closed.  If there are overages to the ACL, the ACT is reduced the following year by the amount of the overage.

(b) There is a seasonal closure in effect for greater amberjack from March - May.

(c) Amendment 37 for gray triggerfish implemented a June - July commercial and recreational seasonal closure and a commercial trip limit of 12 fish.

Shallow Water Grouper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Deep Water Grouper, Red Snapper and Tilefishes are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish IFQ Program. Current IFQ landings can be found at the IFQ Homepage.

Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date landings available through: January 9, 2019

Species Complex Fishing Year Fixed Closed Months Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
Current Status Quota Closure
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018 - 1,114,898 as reported 1,136,000 98.14 2,243,600 81.79 CLOSED 10/7/2017

King Mackerel - Northern Zone

10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018 - 442,916 511,200 86.64 OPEN
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Hook and Line 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018 - 277,254 596,400 46.49 OPEN
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Gill Net 1/16/18 (b) - 6/30/2018 July 1 - (b) - N/A N/A 596,400 - OPEN

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings(a)

Date landings available through: January 9, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Fixed Closed Months Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
Current Status Quota Closure
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 - 1,124,725 as reported 1,180,000 95.32 2,330,500 95.11 COMPLETED 5/22/2017

King Mackerel - Northern Zone

10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017 - 467,222 531,000 87.99 COMPLETED
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Hook and Line 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 - 624,657 619,500 100.83 COMPLETED 2/25/2017
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Gill Net 1/19/17 (b) - 6/30/2017 July 1 - (b) 537,733 N/A N/A 619,500 86.80 COMPLETED
(a) As of May 11, 2017 the King Mackerel fishery zone were redefined, and the Florida east coast subzone was removed. As such, the quota previously associated with the Florida east coast subzone was distributed to the other remaining zones. 
(b) Actual opening date is the Tuesday after MLK Day.


View Mackerel Zone Map

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight

 

View Historical Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Source: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Quota Monitoring Program, Miami, Florida.

For additional information contact Kelli O'Donnell at 727-824-5305