2016 and 2017 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).
 

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.

 

This page was updated on 10/10/2017.  

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

Preliminary 2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: October 6, 2017
 

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

January 1 - December 31
17,836 150,552 ww 11.85 OPEN  
Bar Jack 675 13,228 ww 5.10 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 61,726 96,844 ww

63.74

OPEN
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
306,716 755,274 ww 40.61 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish 82,473 87,521 ww 94.23 CLOSED 7/18/2017
Cobia (i) 27,382 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) 42,483 131,268 ww 32.36 OPEN  
Dolphin 657,208 1,534,485 ww 42.83 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 117,454 318,231 gw 36.91 OPEN
Golden crab 175,645 2,000,000 ww 8.78 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 120,006 135,324 gw 86.68 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 402,511 405,971 gw 99.15 CLOSED 5/9/2017
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 80,514 217,903 ww 36.95 OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

15,676 23,456 ww 66.83 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l)
9,089 3,510 ww 259.95 CLOSED  8/24/2017
Jacks (e) 181,560 189,422 ww 95.85 CLOSED 8/4/2017
Mutton snapper (a) 48,611 157,743 ww 30.82 OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 14,746 36,348 ww 40.57 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 27,829 343,200 ww 8.11 OPEN
Red Porgy (a) 94,806 164,000 ww 57.81 OPEN  
Red Snapper (a) 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Scamp (a) 96,487 219,375 ww 43.98 OPEN
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
10,883 55,542 ww 19.59 OPEN
Snappers (h) 101,130 344,575 ww 29.35 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 136,157 135,380 gw 100.57 CLOSED 6/22/2017
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 55,655 70,542 ww 78.90 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
125,761 156,162 80.53 OPEN  
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
401,661 431,460**

88.84**

OPEN

Trip Limit Reduction**

10/2/2017

 *54.57% 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 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through : February 6, 2017
 

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2016
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
16,216 150,552 ww 10.77    
Bar Jack 2,858 13,228 ww 21.61    
Black Grouper (a) 63,815 96,844 ww 65.89    
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
284,324 780,020 ww 36.45    
Blueline Tilefish 101,043 87,521 ww 115.45 CLOSED

CLOSED

6/1/16;

Reopened 7/13/16;

8/30/16

Cobia (i) 48,690 50,000 as reported 97.38 CLOSED 12/6/16
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 45,696 131,268 ww 34.81    
Dolphin 1,002,025 1,534,485 ww 65.30    
Gag  (a) (k) 220,715 297,882 gw 74.09    
Golden crab 431,512 2,000,000 ww 23.00    
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 131,560 135,324 gw 97.22    
Golden tilefish (Longline) 410,962 405,971 gw 101.23 CLOSED 3/15/16
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 78,436 217,903 ww 36.00    
Hogfish 27,787 49,469 ww 56.17    
Jacks (e) 206,726 189,422 ww 109.14 CLOSED 8/9/16
Mutton snapper 68,619 157,743 ww 43.50    
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 23,727 36,348 ww 65.28    
Red Grouper (a) 44,995 343,200 ww 13.11    
Red Porgy (a) 115,235 164,000 ww 70.27    
Red Snapper (a) 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Scamp (a) 122,910 219,375 ww 56.03    
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,388 55,542 ww 22.30    
Snappers (h) 170,762 344,575 ww 49.56    
Snowy grouper 146,615 125,760 gw 116.58 CLOSED 6/14/16
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 66,749 70,542 ww 94.62    
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
140,115 156,162 ww 89.72 CLOSED 4/2/16; Reopened 6/13/16
July 1 -
December 31
171,948 172,178 99.87 CLOSED 12/16/16
Vermilion Snapper

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
429,774 431,460 ww 99.61 CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction 3/2/16

Closed 3/29/16

July 1 -
December 31
425,014 432,305 98.31 CLOSED Trip Limit Reduction
8/28/16

Closed
10/11/16

Reopened 12/14/16 through 12/15/16

Closed 12/16/16 through 12/31/16

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: October 6, 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 1,750,750 1,596,510 ww 109.66 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 770,535 769,388 gw 100.15 OPEN
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 327,803 1,596,510 ww 20.53 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: October 6, 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
504,251 As reported

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

(i)
1,078,957 5,002,400 21.57 CLOSED  
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
584,975 As reported
 
662,670 88.28

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

 (i) (k)
2,552,227 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 60,377 As reported   1,359,360 4.44 5,900,000 25.62 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)

(i)

1,450,959 2,724,384 53.26 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2

(Oct-Feb)

(i)

0 1,816,256 0.00 CLOSED
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
607,083 As reported
 
662,670 91.61

3,330,000
30.16 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
397,384 2,667,330 14.90 OPEN  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
16.44  

 

 

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

 

 

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

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