Preliminary 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).
 

All dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are 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 2/13/2018.  

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

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

Preliminary 2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: February 11, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2018
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
458 150,552 ww 0.3 OPEN  
Bar Jack 0 13,228 ww 0.0 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 0 96,844 ww

0.0

CLOSED SEASONAL
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
62,793 755,274 ww 8.3 OPEN SEASONAL 
Blueline Tilefish 7,327 87,521 ww 8.4 OPEN
Cobia (i) 472 50,000 as reported

0.9

OPEN
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 2,462 131,268 ww 1.9 OPEN  
Dolphin 3,015 1,534,485 ww 0.2 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 0 335,188 gw 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Golden crab 29,574 2,000,000 ww 1.5 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 11,327 78,328 gw 14.5 OPEN
Golden tilefish (Longline) 100,794 234,982 gw 42.9 OPEN
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 4,139 217,903 ww 1.9 OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

171 23,456 ww 0.7 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 302 4,524 ww 6.7 OPEN
Jacks (e) 12,676 189,422 ww 6.7 OPEN
Mutton snapper (a) 15,626 104,231 ww 15.0 OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 2,029 36,348 ww 5.6 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 0 343,200 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Red Porgy (a) 0 164,000 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL  
Red Snapper (a) 0 0 ww 0.0 CLOSED
Scamp (a) 0 219,375 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
35 55,542 ww 0.1 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Snappers (h) 3,674 344,575 ww 1.1 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 25,425 144,315 gw 17.6 OPEN
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 4,330 70,542 ww 6.1 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
50,742 156,162 ww 32.5 OPEN  
July 1 -
December 31
156,162 0.0 CLOSED
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
131,820 431,460 ww 30.6 OPEN

July 1 -
December 31
431,460

CLOSED

Preliminary 2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: January 29, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
20,876 150,552 ww 13.87 CLOSED  
Bar Jack 741 13,228 ww 5.60 CLOSED  
Black Grouper (a) 76,179 96,844 ww

78.66

CLOSED
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
383,670 755,274 ww 50.80 CLOSED  
Blueline Tilefish 86,507 87,521 ww 98.84 CLOSED

7/18/2017

Reopened 10/24/2017 - 11/1/21017

Cobia (i) 27,652 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) 47,911 131,268 ww 36.50 CLOSED  
Dolphin 677,831 1,534,485 ww 44.17 CLOSED  
Gag (a) (k) 183,159 318,231 gw 57.56 CLOSED
Golden crab 202,279 2,000,000 ww 10.11 CLOSED  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 132,215 135,324 gw 97.70 CLOSED 11/29/2017
Golden tilefish (Longline) 402,511 405,971 gw 99.15 CLOSED 5/9/2017
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 94,511 217,903 ww 43.37 CLOSED  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

21,016 23,456 ww 89.60 CLOSED
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 9,278 3,510 ww 264.33 CLOSED  8/24/2017
Jacks (e) 189,033 189,422 ww 99.79 CLOSED 8/4/2017
Mutton snapper (a) 59,746 157,743 ww 37.88 CLOSED
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 17,124 36,348 ww 47.11 CLOSED  
Red Grouper (a) 39,007 343,200 ww 11.37 CLOSED
Red Porgy (a) 114,874 164,000 ww 70.05 CLOSED  
Red Snapper (a) 86,399 124,815 ww 69.22 CLOSED See FB17-061 for more information
Scamp (a) 119,820 219,375 ww 54.62 CLOSED
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,813 55,542 ww 23.07 CLOSED
Snappers (h) 104,748 344,575 ww 30.40 CLOSED  
Snowy grouper 136,561 135,380 gw 100.87 CLOSED 6/22/2017
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 70,512 70,542 ww 99.96 CLOSED  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
135,884 156,162 ww 87.01 CLOSED  
July 1 -
December 31
189,189 176,440** 107.23** CLOSED 11/8/2017
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
465,905 452,134**

103.05**

CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction**

10/2/2017

Closed 10/17/2017

 *55.30% of the Atlantic cobia landings 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 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: February 5, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Estimated  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 97.3 CLOSED 10/4/2016
Yellowtail
Snapper
August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 1,757,121 1,596,510 ww 110.1 CLOSED 6/3/2017

Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017-2018 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 796,780 769,388 gw 103.6 CLOSED 10/18/2017
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 1,085,708 1,596,510 ww 68.0 OPEN
Wreckfish (a) April 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018 confidential landings 385,985 ww confidential landings OPEN

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings available through: February 5, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated 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
503,058 As reported

 
1,497,600 33.7 6,500,000 24. CLOSED  
King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

(i)
1,077,802 5,002,400 21.6 CLOSED  
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017
581,786 As reported
 
662,670 88.3

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

 (i) (k)
2,551,565 2,667,330 95.7 CLOSED  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
105.6  
Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year Current Estimated 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 594,205 As reported   1,359,360 43.7 5,900,000 44.9 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)

(i)

1,451,763 2,724,384 53.3 CLOSED  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2

(Oct-Feb)

(i)

603,274 1,816,256 33.2 OPEN
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
756,716 As reported
 
762,670** 99.2

3,330,000
88.6 CLOSED 11/7/2017
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
2,192,819 2,567,330** 85.4 OPEN  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
90.7  

 **As stated in the federal regulations, the transfer of quota of Spanish mackerel between the northern and southern zones are allowed with the approval from the Regional Administrator of the Southeast Region, and are applicable for that fishing year only.  Please see FB17-064 for more information. 

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 727-824-5305.