Preliminary South Atlantic Commercial Landings

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

All 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.

 This page was updated on 12/5/2017.  

For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

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

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

Preliminary 2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: December 4, 2017
 

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
20,192 150,552 ww 13.41 OPEN  
Bar Jack 733 13,228 ww 5.54 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 67,034 96,844 ww

69.22

OPEN
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
335,547 755,274 ww 44.43 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish 86,454 87,521 ww 98.78 CLOSED

7/18/2017

Reopened 10/24/2017 - 11/1/21017

Cobia (i) 27,652 50,000 as reported

*

See note below

CLOSED

 9/5/2017

See FB17-047 for more information

Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 45,845 131,268 ww 34.92 OPEN  
Dolphin 671,688 1,534,485 ww 43.77 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 163,175 318,231 gw 51.28 OPEN
Golden crab 187,155 2,000,000 ww 9.36 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 130,272 135,324 gw 96.27 CLOSED 11/29/2017
Golden tilefish (Longline) 402,511 405,971 gw 99.15 CLOSED 5/9/2017
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 91,286 217,903 ww 41.89 OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

20,041 23,456 ww 85.44 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 9,245 3,510 ww 263.39 CLOSED  8/24/2017
Jacks (e) 183,433 189,422 ww 96.84 CLOSED 8/4/2017
Mutton snapper (a) 54,712 157,743 ww 34.68 OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 16,730 36,348 ww 46.03 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 34,017 343,200 ww 9.91 OPEN
Red Porgy (a) 111,056 164,000 ww 67.72 OPEN  
Red Snapper (a) 28,007 124,815 ww 22.44 OPEN See FB17-061 for more information
Scamp (a) 113,281 219,375 ww 51.64 OPEN
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,261 55,542 ww 22.08 OPEN
Snappers (h) 103,801 344,575 ww 30.12 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 136,375 135,380 gw 100.73 CLOSED 6/22/2017
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 66,789 70,542 ww 94.68 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
135,884 156,162 ww 87.01 CLOSED  
July 1 -
December 31
187,261 176,440** 106.13** CLOSED 11/8/2017
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
410,786 431,460 ww 95.21 CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction 3/22/2017

Closed 5/17/2017

July 1 -
December 31
465,892 452,134**

103.04**

CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction**

10/2/2017

Closed 10/17/2017

 *55.30% have been reported by dealers with federal permits. In addition, state landings that are sold to dealers without federal permits have been projected to meet the total annual catch limit by 9/5/2017.

**As stated in the federal regulations, any unused portion of the quota from the January 1 through June 30 season will be added to the July 1 through December 31 quota.  The new quota is used to project trip limit reductions and closures.  

 


Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: December 4, 2017

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2016-2017 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 748,950 769,388 gw 97.34 CLOSED 10/4/2016
Yellowtail
Snapper
August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 1,757,121 1,596,510 ww 110.06 CLOSED 6/3/2017

Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017-2018 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 796,179 769,388 gw 103.48 CLOSED 10/18/2017
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 582,109 1,596,510 ww 36.46 OPEN
Wreckfish (a) April 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018 confidential landings 393,490 ww confidential landings OPEN

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: December 4, 2017
 

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date
2016-2017 Fishing Year
King Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
503,058 As reported

 
1,497,600 33.67 6,500,000 24.36 CLOSED  
King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

(i)
1,077,802 5,002,400 21.57 CLOSED  
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
581,786 As reported
 
662,670 88.28

3,330,000
94.21 CLOSED  
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
2,551,565 2,667,330 95.68 CLOSED  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
105.58  
Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date
2017-2018 Fishing Year
King Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)
March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 366,545 As reported   1,359,360 26.96 5,900,000 37.83 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)

(i)

1,451,066 2,724,384 53.26 CLOSED  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2

(Oct-Feb)

(i)

60,535 1,816,256 3.33 OPEN
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
733,775 As reported
 
762,670** 96.23

3,330,000
43.42 CLOSED 11/7/2017
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
711,864 2,567,330** 27.73 OPEN  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
29.45  

 **As stated in the federal regulations, the transfer of quota of Spanish mackerel between the northern and southern zones are allowed with the approval from the Regional Administrator of the Southeast Region, and are applicable for that fishing year only.  Please see FB17-064 for more information. 

For trip and bag limits, please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

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

 (a) There is a seasonal regulation in place; For a list of seasonal closures and harvest limitations, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

(b) The use of black sea bass pots is prohibited annually from November 1 through April 30 in a certain area.

(c) Deepwater Complex: yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, blackfin snapper

(d) Grunts: White grunt, margate, sailor's choice, tomtate

(e) Jacks: Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack

(f) Porgies: Jolthead, knobbed, saucereye, whitebone, scup

(g) Shallow Water Grouper: Red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper

(h) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

(i) Each fish is reported in the unit in which it is landed (either gutted or whole).

(j) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June quota is rolled over into the July-Dec quota. 

(k) The trip limit is reduced after a percentage of the quota is reached or projected to be reached

(l) Amendment 37  to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region established two populations for Hogfish in the South Atlantic: Georgia through North Carolina and Florida Keys/East Florida.  The Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish is managed from south of Cape Sable, around the Florida Keys, to the Florida/Georgia border.

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

 

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

For additional information contact Mary Vara at 727-209-5967.