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 will be 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 01/28/2015.

 

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 January 23, 2015 180 35,108 ww 0.51 OPEN  
Bar Jack 158 5,265 ww 3.00 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 39 96,844 ww 0.04 CLOSED  
Black Sea Bass (l) 18,066 780,020 ww 2.32 OPEN  
Cobia 2,056 125,712 ww 1.64 OPEN  
Deepwater complex(a) n/a 376,469 ww n/a n/a  
Deep-water complex (k) (Temporary) 1,372 60,371 ww 2.27 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish (k) (Temporary) 23,807 112,207 ww 21.22 OPEN  
Dolphin 7,735 1,157,001 ww 0.67 OPEN  
Gag (h) 0 326,722 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Golden crab 7,988 2,000,000 ww 0.40 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 9,083 135,324 gw 6.71 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) (j) 162,924 405,971 gw 40.13 OPEN  
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 45,194 272,880 ww 16.56 OPEN  
Grunts (b) 3,590 218,539 ww 1.64 OPEN  
Hogfish 875 49,469 ww 1.77 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 5,692 189,422 ww 3.00 OPEN  
Mutton snapper (i) 3,318 157,743 ww 2.10 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 2,840 36,348 ww 7.81 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 0 343,200 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Red Porgy (h) 0 157,692 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) 0 49,776 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Snappers (g) 3,153 215,662 ww 1.46 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 10,150 82,900 gw 12.24 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 3,480 70,542 ww 4.93 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 40,327 1,596,510 ww 2.53 OPEN  

(a) Deepwater Complex: Blueline tilefish, 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-April of each year.

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

(j) When 75% of the golden tilefish ACL is met or projected to be met, the trip limit is reduced to 300 pounds per trip.  The trip limit reduction is effective on February 18, 2013.

(k) 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.

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

 

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) May 1, 2014 – Feb 28, 2015 January 23, 2015 639,240 769,388 ww 83.08 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper (b) January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 January 23, 2015 107,527 438,260 ww 24.53 OPEN  
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, 2014 - February 28, 2015 January 23, 2015 1,423,764 3,880,000 ww 36.69 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 2,298,900 3,330,000 ww 69.04 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 79.82

(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 it reduced to 1,500 lbs.  The 1,500 lb trip limit went into effect on January 17, 2014.  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 Britni LaVine at 727-551-5766.