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 12/11/2014.

 

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 December 10, 2014 2,604 35,108 ww 7.42 OPEN  
Bar Jack 4,679 5,265 ww 88.87 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 75,346 96,844 ww 77.80 OPEN  
Cobia 123,398 125,712 ww 98.16 CLOSED 12/11/14
Deepwater complex(a) n/a 376,469 ww n/a n/a  
Deep-water complex (k) (Temporary) 56,300 60,371 ww 93.26 CLOSED 07/10/14
Blueline Tilefish (k) (Temporary) 158,720 112,207 ww 141.45 CLOSED 06/23/14
Dolphin 760,944 1,157,001 ww 65.77 OPEN  
Gag (h) 321,382 326,722 gw 98.37 CLOSED 11/21/14
Golden crab 1,080,659 2,000,000 ww 54.03 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 137,802 135,324 gw 101.83 CLOSED 8/29/14
Golden tilefish (Longline) (j) 564,515 405,971 gw 139.05 CLOSED 03/5/14 
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 275,009 272,880 ww 100.78 CLOSED 05/12/14
Grunts (b) 105,732 218,539 ww 48.38 OPEN  
Hogfish 32,335 49,469 ww 65.36 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 282,628 189,422 ww 149.21 CLOSED 07/15/14
Mutton snapper (i) 97,338 157,743 ww 61.71 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 36,385 36,348 ww 100.10 CLOSED 12/9/14
Red Grouper (h) 125,710 343,200 ww 36.63 OPEN  
Red Porgy (h) 134,777 154,500 ww 87.23 OPEN  
Red Snapper 56,593 50,994 gw 110.98 CLOSED 09/09/14
Scamp (h) 170,608 333,100 ww 51.22 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper (f) (h) 22,268 49,776 ww 44.74 OPEN  
Snappers (g) 150,963 215,662 ww 70.00 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 91,085 82,900 gw 109.87 CLOSED 07/25/14
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 55,746 70,542 ww 79.03 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 1,438,485 1,596,510 ww 90.10 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 (a) June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015 December 10, 2014 274,381 780,020 ww 35.18 OPEN  
Greater Amberjack (b) May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 December 10, 2014 596,689 769,388 gw 77.55 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper (c) 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 December 10, 2014 467,346 446,080 104.77 09/12/14
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 December 10, 2014 1,298,177 3,880,000 ww 33.46 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 1,665,573 3,130,000 ww 53.21 OPEN  
2,880,000 (d) ww 57.83

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

(b) Commercial harvest of greater amberjack is prohibited during April.

(c) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June vermilion snapper ACL is rolled over into the July-Dec quota.

(d) 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

 

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