2016 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 5/26/2016.

 

 

Preliminary 2016 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2016
Atlantic spadefish January 1 - December 31 May 20, 2016 1,151 150,552 ww 0.76 OPEN  
Bar Jack 1,090 13,228 ww 8.24 OPEN  
Black Grouper

(a)
20,259 96,844 ww 20.92 OPEN  
Black Sea Bass

(b)
132,880 780,020 ww 17.04 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish

(c)
25,764 26,766 ww 96.26 OPEN  
Cobia 8,909 50,000 as reported 17.82 OPEN  
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex

(d)
18,837 131,634 ww 14.31 OPEN  
Dolphin 419,377 1,534,485 ww 27.33 OPEN  
Gag (a) 5,530 297,882 gw 1.86 OPEN  
Golden crab 108,264 2,000,000 ww 5.41 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 57,583 135,324 gw 42.55 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 414,683 405,971 gw 102.15 CLOSED 3/15/16
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Grunts (e) 22,916 217,903 ww 10.52 OPEN  
Hogfish 3,785 49,469 ww 7.65 OPEN  
Jacks (f) 117,460 189,422 ww 62.01 OPEN  
Mutton snapper (g) 26,334 157,743 ww 16.69 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (h) 10,383 36,348 ww 28.57 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 1,148 343,200 ww 0.33 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 0 164,000 ww 0.00 OPEN  
Red Snapper 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (a) 123 219,375 ww 0.06 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (i)
333 55,542 ww 0.60 OPEN  
Snappers (j) 27,334 344,884 ww 7.93 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 94,536 125,760 gw 75.17 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 23,203 70,542 ww 32.89 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 889,201 1,596,510 ww 55.70 OPEN  

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

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

(c) 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Total Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2016-2017 Fishing Year
Gray Triggerfish January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 May 20, 2016 130,177 156,162 ww 83.36 CLOSED 4/2/16
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 May 20, 2016 0 156,162 0.00  
Greater Amberjack

(a)
March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 May 20, 2016 321,779 769,388 gw 31.82 OPEN  
Vermilion Snapper

(b)
January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 May 20, 2016 430,477 431,460 ww 99.77 CLOSED 3/29/16
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 May 20, 2016 0 431,460 0.00  
Wreckfish April 16, 2016 – January 14, 2017 confidential landings confidential landings 402,515 ww confidential landings OPEN  

(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.

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date
2016-2017 Fishing Year
King Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 May 20, 2016 21,567 as reported

(a)
1,292,040 1.67 3,880,000 8.42 OPEN  
King Mackerel - Southern Zone 305,002 2,587,960 11.79 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 May 20, 2016 10,240 as reported

(a)
662,670 1.55 3,330,000 12.95 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone 421,010 2,667,330 15.78 OPEN  
2,417,330

(b)
17.42  

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

(b) The adjusted quota (2,417,330 lbs ww) is used to determine trip limit reductions.  At 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 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 Mary Vara at 727-209-5967.