Preliminary 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).
 

All dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are 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 4/16/2018.  

For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

For the most current federal regulations, please visit:  Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 622 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

Preliminary 2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: April 16, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2018
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
913 150,552 ww 0.6 OPEN  
Bar Jack 316 13,228 ww 2.4 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 0 96,844 ww

0.0

CLOSED SEASONAL
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
121,652 755,274 ww 16.1 OPEN SEASONAL 
Blueline Tilefish 25,754 87,521 ww 29.4 OPEN
Cobia (i) 3,890 50,000 as reported 7.8 OPEN
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 11,603 131,268 ww 8.8 OPEN  
Dolphin 10,612 1,534,485 ww 0.7 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 0 335,188 gw 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Golden crab 60,614 2,000,000 ww 3.0 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 42,364 78,328 gw 54.1 OPEN
Golden tilefish (Longline) 237,398 234,982 gw 101.0 CLOSED 3/25/2018
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 13,086 217,903 ww 6.0 OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

205 23,456 ww 0.9 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 476 4,524 ww 10.5 OPEN
Jacks (e) 39,209 189,422 ww 20.7 OPEN
Mutton snapper (a) 16,485 104,231 ww 15.8 OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 5,577 36,348 ww 15.3 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 0 343,200 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Red Porgy (a) 0 164,000 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL  
Red Snapper (a) 0 0 ww 0.0 CLOSED
Scamp (a) 0 219,375 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
0 55,542 ww 0.0 CLOSED SEASONAL 
Snappers (h) 12,175 344,575 ww 3.5 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 64,526 144,315 gw 44.7 OPEN
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 11,421 70,542 ww 16.2 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
90,384 156,162 ww 57.9 OPEN  
July 1 -
December 31
- 156,162 - CLOSED
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
280,113 431,460 ww 64.9 OPEN

July 1 -
December 31
- 431,460

-

CLOSED

Preliminary 2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: March 26, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
20,895 150,552 ww 13.9 CLOSED  
Bar Jack 754 13,228 ww 5.7 CLOSED  
Black Grouper (a) 76,156 96,844 ww

78.6

CLOSED
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
390,212 755,274 ww 51.7 CLOSED  
Blueline Tilefish 86,877 87,521 ww 99.3 CLOSED

7/18/2017

Reopened 10/24/2017 - 11/1/21017

Cobia (i) 28,271 50,000 as reported

*

See note below

CLOSED

 9/5/2017

See FB17-047 for more information

Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 47,997 131,268 ww 36.6 CLOSED  
Dolphin 678,485 1,534,485 ww 44.2 CLOSED  
Gag (a) (k) 184,185 318,231 gw 57.9 CLOSED
Golden crab 587,924 2,000,000 ww 29.4 CLOSED  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 132,471 135,324 gw 97.9 CLOSED 11/29/2017
Golden tilefish (Longline) 402,353 405,971 gw 99.1 CLOSED 5/9/2017
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 96,547 217,903 ww 43.3 CLOSED  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

21,262 23,456 ww 90.6 CLOSED
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 9,297 3,510 ww 264.9 CLOSED  8/24/2017
Jacks (e) 189,992 189,422 ww 100.3 CLOSED 8/4/2017
Mutton snapper (a) 59,798 157,743 ww 37.9 CLOSED
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 17,268 36,348 ww 47.5 CLOSED  
Red Grouper (a) 39,088 343,200 ww 11.4 CLOSED
Red Porgy (a) 115,836 164,000 ww 70.6 CLOSED  
Red Snapper (a) 87,134 124,815 ww 69.8 CLOSED See FB17-061 for more information
Scamp (a) 121,378 219,375 ww 55.3 CLOSED
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,991 55,542 ww 23.4 CLOSED
Snappers (h) 105,072 344,575 ww 30.5 CLOSED  
Snowy grouper 136,655 135,380 gw 100.9 CLOSED 6/22/2017
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 70,618 70,542 ww 100.1 CLOSED  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
135,806 156,162 ww 87.0 CLOSED  
July 1 -
December 31
189,094 176,440** 107.2** CLOSED 11/8/2017
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
410,956 431,460 ww 95.2 CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction 3/22/2017

Closed 5/17/2017

July 1 -
December 31
465,367 452,134**

103.0**

CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction**

10/2/2017

Closed 10/17/2017

 *56.5% of the Atlantic cobia landings have been reported by dealers with federal permits. In addition, state landings that are sold to dealers without federal permits have been projected to meet the total annual catch limit by 9/5/2017.

**As stated in the federal regulations, any unused portion of the quota from the January 1 through June 30 season will be added to the July 1 through December 31 quota.  The new quota is used to project trip limit reductions and closures.  

 


Preliminary 2018-2019 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: April 16, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Estimated  Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2018-2019 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 94,322 769,388 gw 12.3 CLOSED SEASONAL
Yellowtail
Snapper
August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019 - - ww - CLOSED
Wreckfish April 16, 2018 - January 14, 2019 confidential landings 385,985 ww confidential landings OPEN  

Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017-2018 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 796,819 769,388 gw 103.6 CLOSED 10/18/2017
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 1,360,329 1,596,510 ww 85.2 OPEN
Wreckfish (a) April 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018 confidential landings 385,985 ww confidential landings CLOSED  

 

Preliminary 2018-2019 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: April 16, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date

King Mackerel -
Northern Zone
(i)
March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 15,574 As reported 1,198,080 1.3 5,900,000 3.0 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)
(i)

161,532 2,401,152 6.7 OPEN

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2
(Oct-Feb)
(i)

N/A 1,816,256 N/A CLOSED
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019
1,540 As reported
 
662,670 0.2

3,330,000
10.5 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
346,936 2,667,330 13.0 OPEN  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
14.4  
Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year Current Estimated Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date

King Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)
March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 583,483 As reported   1,359,360 43.0 5,900,000 46.6 CLOSED  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)

(i)

1,451,763 2,724,384 53.3 CLOSED  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2

(Oct-Feb)

(i)

710,716 1,816,256 39.1 CLOSED
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
741,769 As reported
 
762,670** 97.3

3,330,000
95.9 CLOSED 11/7/2017
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
2,452,080 2,567,330** 95.5 CLOSED  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
101.4  

 **As stated in the federal regulations, the transfer of quota of Spanish mackerel between the northern and southern zones are allowed with the approval from the Regional Administrator of the Southeast Region, and are applicable for that fishing year only.  Please see FB17-064 for more information. 

For trip and bag limits, please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

For the most current federal regulations, please visit:  Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 622 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic

 (a) There is a seasonal regulation in place; For a list of seasonal closures and harvest limitations, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

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

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

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

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

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

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

(h) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

(i) Each fish is reported in the unit in which it is landed (either gutted or whole).

(j) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June quota is rolled over into the July-Dec quota. 

(k) The trip limit is reduced after a percentage of the quota is reached or projected to be reached

(l) Amendment 37  to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region established two populations for Hogfish in the South Atlantic: Georgia through North Carolina and Florida Keys/East Florida.  The Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish is managed from south of Cape Sable, around the Florida Keys, to the Florida/Georgia border.

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 Mary Vara at 727-824-5305.