2015 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 4/13/2015.

 

Preliminary 2015 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
2015
Atlantic spadefish January 1 - December 31 April 9, 2015 577 35,108 ww 1.64 OPEN  
Bar Jack 1,141 5,265 ww 21.67 OPEN  
Black Grouper 78 96,844 ww 0.08 CLOSED  
Black Sea Bass 85,837 780,020 ww 11.00 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish* 111,605 17,841 ww 625.55 CLOSED 04/07/15
Cobia 17,877 125,712 ww 14.22 OPEN  
Deep-water complex (a) 59,535 131,634 ww 45.23 OPEN  
Dolphin 56,913 1,157,001 ww 4.92 OPEN  
Gag 0 326,722 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Golden crab 79,326 2,000,000 ww 3.97 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 70,376 135,324 gw 52.01 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 385,657 405,971 gw 95.00 CLOSED 02/19/15
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 202,748 272,880 ww 74.30 OPEN  
Grunts (b) 18,547 218,539 ww 8.49 OPEN  
Hogfish 3,852 49,469 ww 7.79 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 44,099 189,422 ww 23.28 OPEN  
Mutton snapper (i) 21,525 157,743 ww 13.65 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 18,641 36,348 ww 51.28 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 0 343,200 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Red Porgy (h) 0 164,000 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Red Snapper 0 50,994 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (h) 0 333,100 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Shallow water grouper (f) (h) 17 49,776 ww 0.03 CLOSED  
Snappers (g) 19,274 215,662 ww 8.94 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 46,357 82,900 gw 55.92 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 8,349 70,542 ww 11.84 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 431,150 1,596,510 ww 27.01 OPEN  

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

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

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

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

(e) Commercial red snapper harvest was open from September 17 - 24 with a 50 pound trip limit.  Red snapper reopened for commercial harvest from November 13 - 21.  Red snapper reopened for commercial harvest from December 12 - 19. 

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

(g) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera, dog, mahogany

(h) Commercial harvest is prohibited during January 1-April 30 of each year.

(i) During May and June, possession limited to 10 per person per day or per trip, whichever is more restrictive.

(j) NOAA Fisheries has temporarily removed blueline tilefish from the Deep-Water Complex.  This temporary rule became effective on April 17, 2014, will be in place through October 14, 2014, and may be extended for an additional 186 days.

(k) The use of black sea bass pots is prohibited annually from November 1 through April 30.

*NOAA Fisheries has removed blueline tilefish from the Deep-water Complex.  This  rule became effective on March 30, 2015.  Additionally, there is now a  trip limit of 100 lbs gutted weight for commercial harvest of blueline tilefish.

 

Preliminary 2014 – 2015 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
Greater Amberjack (a) March 1, 2015 – Feb 28, 2016 April 9, 2015 104,121 769,388 gw 13.53 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper (b) January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 April 9, 2015 414,853 438,260 ww 94.66 CLOSED 04/15/15
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 n/a n/a 438,260 n/a  
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2015 - February 28, 2016 April 9, 2015 58,032 3,880,000 ww 1.50 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 182,392 3,330,000 ww 5.48 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 6.33

(a) Commercial harvest of greater amberjack is prohibited during April.

(b) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June vermilion snapper ACL is rolled over into the July-Dec quota.

(c) The adjusted quota is used to determine trip limit reductions.  At 75% of the adjusted quota (2,880,000 lbs ww), the trip limit is reduced to 1,500 lbs.  At 100% of the adjusted quota, the trip limit is reduced to 500 lbs.

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight

 

For a list of seasonal closures, see the South Atlantic Seasonal Closures page.

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

 

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

For additional information contact Catherine Hayslip at 727-551-5727.