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 2/1/2016.

 

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
2015
Atlantic spadefish January 1 - December 31 January 29, 2016 919 150,552 ww 0.61 OPEN  
Bar Jack 79 13,228 ww 0.60 OPEN  
Black Grouper

(a)
0 96,844 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Black Sea Bass

(b)
11,366 780,020 ww 1.46 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish

(c)
1,777 26,766 ww 6.64 OPEN  
Cobia 2,583 50,000 as reported 5.17 OPEN  
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone 1,789 70,000 as reported 2.56 OPEN  
Deep-water complex

(d)
3,388 131,634 ww 2.57 OPEN  
Dolphin 12,326 1,157,001 ww 1.07 OPEN  
Gag (a) 0 297,882 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Golden crab 28,487 2,000,000 ww 1.42 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 5,495 135,324 gw 4.06 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 127,433 405,971 gw 31.39 OPEN  
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Grunts (e) 6,256 217,903 ww 2.87 OPEN  
Hogfish 921 49,469 ww 1.86 OPEN  
Jacks (f) 10,588 189,422 ww 5.59 OPEN  
Mutton snapper (g) 2,659 157,743 ww 1.69 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (h) 2,432 36,348 ww 6.69 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 0 343,200 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Red Porgy (a) 0 164,000 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Red Snapper 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (a) 0 219,375 ww 0.00 CLOSED  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (i)
3 55,542 ww 0.01 CLOSED  
Snappers (j) 5,685 344,884 ww 1.65 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 11,303 125,760 gw 8.99 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 2,567 70,542 ww 3.64 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 98,255 1,596,510 ww 6.15 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 January 29, 2016 43,074 156,162 ww 27.58 OPEN  
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 n/a 0 156,162 0.00  
Greater Amberjack

(a)
March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016 January 29, 2016 772,924 769,388 gw 100.46 CLOSED 1/21/16
Vermilion Snapper

(b)
January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 January 29, 2016 134,315 431,460 ww 31.13 OPEN  
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 n/a 0 431,460 0.00  
Wreckfish April 16, 2016 – January 14, 2017 confidential landings confidential landings 402,515 ww confidential landings CLOSED  

(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) Estimated for dealer reports not yet received.

 

 

Preliminary 2015-2016 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 2015-2016
King Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016 January 29, 2016 392,176 as reported

(a)
1,292,040 30.35 3,880,000 34.93 OPEN  
King Mackerel - Southern Zone 962,963 2,587,960 37.21 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016 January 29, 2016 589,945 as reported

(a)
662,670 89.03 3,330,000 52.54 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone 1,159,687 2,667,330 43.48 OPEN  
2,417,330 (b) 47.97  

(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.