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 6/19/2018.  

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: June 18, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

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

January 1 - December 31
2,964 150,552 ww 2.0 OPEN  
Bar Jack 651 13,228 ww 4.9 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 23,495 96,844 ww

24.3

OPEN
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
195,228 755,274 ww 25.8 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish 54,441 87,521 ww 62.2 OPEN
Cobia (i) 22,948 50,000 as reported 45.9 OPEN
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 26,082 131,268 ww 19.9 OPEN  
Dolphin 454,233 1,534,485 ww 29.6 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 70,668 335,188 gw 21.1 OPEN  
Golden crab 220,635 2,000,000 ww 11.0 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 62,534 78,328 gw 79.8 OPEN
Golden tilefish (Longline) 241,675 234,982 gw 102.8 CLOSED 3/25/2018
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 26,479 217,903 ww 12.2 OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

3,321 23,456 ww 14.2 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 1,333 4,524 ww 29.5 OPEN
Jacks (e) 112,451 189,422 ww 59.4 OPEN
Mutton snapper (a) 42,711 104,231 ww 41.0 OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 7,376 36,348 ww 20.3 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 10,378 343,200 ww 3.0 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 26,833 164,000 ww 16.4 OPEN  
Red Snapper (a) 43 0 ww 0.0 CLOSED
Scamp (a) 30,011 219,375 ww 13.7 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
5,341 55,542 ww 9.6 OPEN  
Snappers (h) 24,562 344,575 ww 7.1 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 122,247 144,315 gw 84.7 OPEN
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 19,116 70,542 ww 27.1 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
155,609 156,162 ww 99.6 CLOSED  6/13/2018
July 1 -
December 31
- 156,162 - CLOSED
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
390,383 431,460 ww 90.5 OPEN

Trip Limit Reduction

4/26/2018

July 1 -
December 31
- 431,460

-

CLOSED

Preliminary 2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: May 21, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

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

January 1 - December 31
26,757 150,552 ww 17.8 CLOSED  
Bar Jack 688 13,228 ww 5.2 CLOSED  
Black Grouper (a) 78,413 96,844 ww

81.0

CLOSED
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
333,979 755,274 ww 44.2 CLOSED  
Blueline Tilefish 89,239 87,521 ww 102.0 CLOSED

7/18/2017

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

Cobia (i) 63,667 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) 46,979 131,268 ww 35.8 CLOSED  
Dolphin 641,840 1,534,485 ww 41.8 CLOSED  
Gag (a) (k) 184,185 318,231 gw 61.8 CLOSED
Golden crab 196,588 2,000,000 ww 25.2 CLOSED  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 133,981 135,324 gw 99.0 CLOSED 11/29/2017
Golden tilefish (Longline) 404,154 405,971 gw 99.6 CLOSED 5/9/2017
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 98,112 217,903 ww 45.0 CLOSED  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

21,705 23,456 ww 92.5 CLOSED
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 10,140 3,510 ww 288.9 CLOSED  8/24/2017
Jacks (e) 187,823 189,422 ww 99.2 CLOSED 8/4/2017
Mutton snapper (a) 62,786 157,743 ww 39.8 CLOSED
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 18,774 36,348 ww 51.7 CLOSED  
Red Grouper (a) 40,420 343,200 ww 11.8 CLOSED
Red Porgy (a) 117,489 164,000 ww 71.6 CLOSED  
Red Snapper (a) 88,154 124,815 ww 70.6 CLOSED See FB17-061 for more information
Scamp (a) 122,737 219,375 ww 55.9 CLOSED
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,930 55,542 ww 23.3 CLOSED
Snappers (h) 110,996 344,575 ww 32.2 CLOSED  
Snowy grouper 135,878 135,380 gw 100.4 CLOSED 6/22/2017
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 66,846 70,542 ww 94.8 CLOSED  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
136,591 156,162 ww 87.5 CLOSED  
July 1 -
December 31
185,336 176,440** 105.0** CLOSED 11/8/2017
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
403,950 431,460 ww 93.6 CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction 3/22/2017

Closed 5/17/2017

July 1 -
December 31
457,949 452,134**

101.3**

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: June 18, 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 282,763 769,388 gw 36.8 OPEN
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 796,895 769,388 gw 103.6 CLOSED 10/18/2017
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 1,594,234 1,596,510 ww

99.9

CLOSED 6/5/2018
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: June 18, 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 61,861 As reported 1,198,080 5.2 5,900,000 11.8 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)
(i)

633,921 2,401,152 26.4 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
160,782 As reported
 
662,670 24.3

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

 (i) (k)
377,751 2,667,330 14.2 OPEN  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
15.6  
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 591,819 As reported   1,359,360 43.5 5,900,000 46.7 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
96.8 CLOSED 11/7/2017
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
2,480,029 2,567,330** 96.6 CLOSED  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
102.6  

 **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.