2014 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 9/12/2014.

 

Preliminary 2014 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
2014
Atlantic spadefish January 1 – December 31 September 10, 2014 1,850 35,108 ww 5.27 OPEN  
Bar Jack 3,727 5,265 ww 70.79 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 61,504 96,844 ww 63.51 OPEN  
Cobia 103,357 125,712 ww 82.22 OPEN  
Deepwater complex(a) n/a 376,469 ww n/a n/a  
Deep-water complex (k) (Temporary) 52,813 60,371 ww 87.48 CLOSED 07/10/14
Blueline Tilefish (k) (Temporary) 153,734 112,207 ww 137.01 CLOSED 06/23/14
Dolphin 736,767 1,157,001 ww 63.68 OPEN  
Gag (h) 229,175 326,722 gw 70.14 OPEN  
Golden crab 960,503 2,000,000 ww 48.03 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 136,685 135,324 gw 101.01 CLOSED 8/29/14
Golden tilefish (Longline) (j) 575,007 405,971 gw 141.64 CLOSED 03/5/14 
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 281,575 272,880 ww 103.19 CLOSED 05/12/14
Grunts (b) 81,190 218,539 ww 37.15 OPEN  
Hogfish 21,943 49,469 ww 44.36 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 279,608 189,422 ww 147.61 CLOSED 07/15/14
Mutton snapper (i) 58,960 157,743 ww 37.38 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 32,179 36,348 ww 88.53 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 82,513 343,200 ww 24.04 OPEN  
Red Porgy (h) 107,940 154,500 ww 69.86 OPEN  
Red Snapper 54,887 50,994 gw 107.63 CLOSED 09/09/14
Scamp (h) 121,329 333,100 ww 36.42 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper (f) (h) 18,255 49,776 ww 36.67 OPEN  
Snappers (g) 136,253 215,662 ww 63.18 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 89,736 82,900 gw 108.25 CLOSED 07/25/14
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 37,943 70,542 ww 53.79 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 1,100,836 1,596,510 ww 68.95 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.

 

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
Black Sea Bass June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015 September 10, 2014 193,596 780,020 ww 24.82 OPEN  
Greater Amberjack (a) May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 September 10, 2014 395,858 769,388 ww 51.45 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper (b) January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 August 27, 2014 513,507 446,080 ww 115.12 CLOSED 04/19/14
July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 September 10, 2014 454,783 446,080 101.95 09/12/14
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – April 15, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 September 10, 2014 828,317 3,880,000 ww 21.35 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 790,840 3,130,000 ww 25.27 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 27.46

(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

 

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Source: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Quota Monitoring Program, Miami, Florida.

For additional information contact Catherine Hayslip at 727-551-5727