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 4/17/2017.  

For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal 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 South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: April 17, 2017
 

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

January 1 - December 31
2,278 150,552 ww 1.51 OPEN  
Bar Jack 369 13,228 ww 2.79 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 0 96,844 ww 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
187,734 755,274 ww 24.86 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish 35,464 87,521 ww 40.52 OPEN  
Cobia (i) 4,221 50,000 as reported 8.44 OPEN  
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 9,865 131,268 ww 7.52 OPEN  
Dolphin 20,728 1,534,485 ww 1.35 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 0 318,231 gw 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Golden crab 88,231 2,000,000 ww 4.41 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 37,917 135,324 gw 28.02 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 373,819 405,971 gw 92.08 OPEN  
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 19,719 217,903 ww 9.05 OPEN  
Hogfish 4,830 49,469 ww 9.76 OPEN  
Jacks (e) 78,956 189,422 ww 41.68 OPEN  
Mutton snapper 14,737 157,743 ww 9.34 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 7,429 36,348 ww 20.44 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 0 343,200 ww 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Red Porgy (a) 0 164,000 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Red Snapper (a) 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Scamp (a) 0 219,375 ww 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
89 55,542 ww 0.16 CLOSED SEASONAL
Snappers (h) 14,622 344,575 ww 4.24 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 70,394 135,380 gw 24.34 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 17,172 70,542 ww 24.34 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
70,900 156,162 ww 45.40 OPEN  
July 1 -
December 31
0 156,162 0.00 N/A  
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
350,609 431,460 ww 81.26 OPEN Trip Limit Reduction 3/22/17
July 1 -
December 31
0 431,460 0.00 N/A  

 

 

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

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: April 17, 2017
 

Species Complex Fishing Year Total 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 10/4/16
Yellowtail
Snapper
August 1, 2016 -July 31, 2017 1,247,197 1,596,510 ww 78.12 OPEN  
Wreckfish (a) April 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018
confidential landings 393,490 ww confidential landings OPEN
Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year Total Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017-2018 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 187,007 769,388 gw 24.31 CLOSED SEASONAL

 

 

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: April 17, 2017
 

Species Complex Fishing Year Total 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
504,139 as reported

 
1,292,040 39.02 3,880,000 40.66 CLOSED  
King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

(i)
1,073,602 2,587,960 41.48 CLOSED  
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
584,848 as reported
 
662,670 88.26

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 Total 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
9,576 as reported

 
1,292,040 0.74 3,880,000 1.65 OPEN  
King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

(i)
54,262 2,587,960 2.10 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
300 as reported
 
662,670 0.05

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

 (i) (k)
449,544 2,667,330 16.85 OPEN  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
18.60  

 

 

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

(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

 

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.