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 4/25/17.

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: April 24, 2017

Species Complex Open Season
 
Current Landings
(lb)
Units ACT
(lb)
ACT
%
ACL
(lb)
(a)
ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
2017
Gray Triggerfish (c) Jan 1-May 31 

Aug 1-Dec 31
21,352 ww 60,900 35.06 64,100 33.31 OPEN
 
 
Greater Amberjack (b) Jan 1-Feb 28

Jun 1-Dec 31
331,136 ww 394,740 83.89 464,400 71.30 CLOSED  
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 9,271 as reported n/a n/a 70,000 13.24 OPEN  

 

 

Preliminary 2016 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date landings available through: February 6, 2017

Species Complex Open Season Current Landings
(lb)
Units ACT
(lb)
ACT
%
ACL
(lb)
(a)
ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
2017
Gray Triggerfish (c) Jan 1-May 31 

Aug 1-Dec 31
58,832 ww 60,900 96.60 64,100 91.78 N/A

(c)
 
Greater Amberjack (b) Jan 1-Feb 28

Jun 1-Dec 31
440,297 ww 394,740 111.54 464,400 94.81 CLOSED 7/17/16
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 45,392 as reported n/a n/a 70,000 64.85 N/A  

 

 

(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

Date landings available through: April 24, 2017

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
Current Status  Date
Closed 2016-2017
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 1,114,272 as reported 1,071,360 104.01 2,904,552 107.84 CLOSED 10/14/16
King Mackerel - FL East Coast Subzone(a) 11/1/2016 -3/31/2017 1,117,132 1,102,896 101.29 N/A(a)  
King Mackerel - FL Florida West Coast Northern Subzone 10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017 289,517 178,848 161.88 CLOSED 11/10/16
King Mackerel - FL West Coast Southern Subzone (Hook and Line) 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 611,209 551,448 110.84 CLOSED 2/25/17
King Mackerel - FL West Coast Southern Subzone (Gill Net) 1/19/17 (b) - 6/30/2017 534,892 n/a n/a 551,448 97.00 CLOSED 2/10/17
(a) This area is part of the Atlantic Group as of 4/1-10/31
(b) Actual opening date is the Tuesday after MLK Day.

Preliminary 2015-2016 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota
(lb)
Quota
%
ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
 Date
Closed 2015-2016
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016 August 19, 2016 1,134,624 as reported 1,071,360 105.91 2,904,552 103.93 11/17/15
King Mackerel - FL East Coast Subzone
(a)
11/1/2015 -3/31/2016 1,062,076 1,102,896 96.30  
King Mackerel - FL Florida West Coast Northern Subzone 10/1/2015 - 9/30/2016 177,986 178,848 99.52 11/28/15
King Mackerel - FL West Coast Southern Subzone (Hook and Line) 7/1/2015 - 6/30/2016 643,907 551,448 116.77 3/27/16
King Mackerel - FL West Coast Southern Subzone (Gill Net) 1/19/16 (b) - 6/30/2016 February 4, 2016 531,876 n/a n/a 551,448 96.45 3/11/16
(a) This area is part of the Atlantic Group 4/1-10/31
(b) Actual opening date is the Tuesday after MLK Day.

View Mackerel Zone Maps

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 Susan Gerhart at 727-824-5305