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 7/29/2015.

 

Preliminary 2015 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 July 22, 2015 10,167 150,552 ww 6.75 OPEN  
Bar Jack 2,748 13,228 ww 20.77 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 62,598 96,844 ww 64.64 OPEN  
Black Sea Bass (b) 233,103 780,020 ww 29.88 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish (c) 76,923 17,841* ww 431.16 CLOSED 04/07/15
Cobia 54,950 125,712 ww 43.71 OPEN  
Deep-water complex

(e)
51,901 131,634 ww 39.43 OPEN  
Dolphin 1,148,178 1,157,001 ww 99.24 CLOSED 6/30/15
Gag (a) 164,360 326,722 gw 50.31 OPEN  
Golden crab 218,815 2,000,000 ww 10.94 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 95,965 135,324 gw 70.91 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 388,492 405,971 gw 95.69 CLOSED 02/19/15
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Grunts (f) 47,634 217,903 ww 21.86 OPEN  
Hogfish 17,701 49,469 ww 35.78 OPEN  
Jacks (g) 230,373 189,422 ww 121.62 CLOSED 06/23/15
Mutton snapper (h) 68,717 157,743 ww 43.56 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (i) 22,486 36,348 ww 61.86 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 64,774 343,200 ww 18.87 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 60,027 164,000 ww 36.60 OPEN  
Red Snapper 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (a) 83,623 219,375 ww 38.12 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (j)
9,353 55,542 ww 16.84 OPEN  
Snappers (k) 109,872 344,884 ww 31.86 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 83,996 82,900 gw 101.32 CLOSED 6/30/15
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 32,337 70,542 ww 45.84 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 1,154,028 1,596,510 ww 72.28 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) The 2015 landings of blueline tilefish represent 68.55% of the previous ACL of 112,207 lbs ww.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Preliminary 2014 – 2015 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status Closure Date
2014-2015 Fishing Year
Gray Triggerfish January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 July 22, 2015 257,536 272,880 ww 94.38 OPEN 05/08/15
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 July 22, 2015 15,372 63,918 24.05  
Greater Amberjack

(a)
March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016 July 22, 2015 398,740 769,388 ww 51.83 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper

(b)
January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 July 22, 2015 450,863 438,260 ww 102.88 OPEN 04/15/15
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 July 22, 2015 90,905 438,260 20.74  
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2015 - February 29, 2016 July 22, 2015 530,757 3,880,000 ww 13.68 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 445,065 3,330,000 ww 13.37 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 15.45

(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.