2016 and 2017 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).


As of August 7, 2014, ALL dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic were 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 6/20/17.

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 2017 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date landings available through: June 20, 2017

Species Complex Open Season
Current Landings
Units ACT
Current Status  Date
Gray Triggerfish (c) Jan 1-May 31 

Aug 1-Dec 31
37,567 ww 60,900 61.69 64,100 58.61 CLOSED  
Greater Amberjack (b) Jan 1-Feb 28

Jun 1-Dec 31
427,981 ww 394,740 108.42 464,400 92.16 CLOSED 6/20/2017
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 17,481 as reported n/a n/a 70,000 24.97 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.

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

Date landings available through: June 20, 2017

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
Current Status  Date
Closed 2016-2017
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 1,125,831 as reported 1,180,000 95.41 2,330,500 90.65 CLOSED 5/22/2017

King Mackerel - Northern Zone

10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017 361,351 531,000 68.05 OPEN
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Hook and Line 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 625,384 619,500 100.95 CLOSED 2/25/2017
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Gill Net 1/19/17 (b) - 6/30/2017 534,892 N/A N/A 619,500 86.34 OPEN
(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 Maps

  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