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).
 

This page was updated on 4/17/2014.

 

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 April 7, 2014 307 35,108 ww 0.87 OPEN  
Bar Jack 1,855 5,265 ww 35.23 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 131 96,844 ww 0.14 CLOSED  
Cobia 20,918 125,712 ww 16.64 OPEN  
Deepwater complex(a) n/a 376,469 ww n/a OPEN  
Deep-water complex (k) (Temporary) 10,673 60,371 ww 17.68 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish (k) (Temporary) 36,266 112,207 ww 32.32 OPEN  
Dolphin 38,938 1,065,524 ww 3.65 OPEN  
Gag (h) 0 326,722 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Golden crab 72,757 2,000,000 ww 3.64 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 71,443 135,324 gw 52.79 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) (j) 525,814 405,971 gw 129.52 CLOSED 3/5/14 
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 174,496 272,880 ww 63.95 OPEN  
Grunts (b) 16,806 218,539 ww 7.69 OPEN  
Hogfish 3,708 49,469 ww 7.50 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 40,191 189,422 ww 21.22 OPEN  
Mutton snapper (i) 9,333 157,743 ww 5.92 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 11,380 36,348 ww 31.31 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 754 343,200 ww 0.22 CLOSED  
Red Porgy (h) 4,473 154,500 ww 2.90 CLOSED  
Red Snapper 14 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (h) 68 333,100 ww 0.02 CLOSED  
Shallow water grouper (f) (h) 1,525 49,776 ww 3.06 CLOSED  
Snappers (g) 9,263 215,662 ww 4.30 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 24,559 82,900 gw 29.62 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 11,795 64,147 ww 18.39 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 277,763 1,596,510 ww 17.40 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 2013 – 2014 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, 2013 – May 31, 2014 April 7, 2014 632,864 780,020 ww 81.13 OPEN  
Greater Amberjack (a) May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014 April 7, 2014 785,936 800,163 ww 98.22 CLOSED   
Vermilion Snapper (b) January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 April 7, 2014 430,422 446,080 ww 96.49 CLOSED 04/19/14
July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014          
Wreckfish April 16, 2013 – April 15, 2014 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings CLOSED  
King Mackerel March 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 April 7, 2014 40,852 3,880,000 ww 1.05 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 123,782 3,130,000 ww 3.95 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 4.30

(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