2015 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 were 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 5/12/2015.

 

Preliminary 2015 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
2015
Atlantic spadefish January 1 - December 31 May 7, 2015 739 35,108 ww 2.10 OPEN  
Bar Jack 1,438 5,265 ww 27.31 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 4,943 96,844 ww 5.10 OPEN  
Black Sea Bass 104,963 780,020 ww 13.46 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish* 107,723 17,841* ww 603.79 CLOSED 04/07/15
Cobia 29,857 125,712 ww 23.75 OPEN  
Deep-water complex

(a)
65,249 131,634 ww 49.57 OPEN  
Dolphin 183,591 1,157,001 ww 15.87 OPEN  
Gag (h) 3,802 326,722 gw 1.16 OPEN  
Golden crab 203,870 2,000,000 ww 10.19 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 90,260 135,324 gw 66.70 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 388,885 405,971 gw 95.79 CLOSED 02/19/15
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 246,892 272,880 ww 90.48 CLOSED 05/08/15
Grunts (b) 22,954 218,539 ww 10.50 OPEN  
Hogfish 5,001 49,469 ww 10.11 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 102,007 189,422 ww 53.85 OPEN  
Mutton snapper (i) 32,787 157,743 ww 20.79 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 20,933 36,348 ww 57.59 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 1,258 343,200 ww 0.37 OPEN  
Red Porgy (h) 2,349 164,000 ww 1.43 OPEN  
Red Snapper 0 50,994 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (h) 668 333,100 ww 0.20 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(f) (h)
250 49,776 ww 0.50 OPEN  
Snappers (g) 24,629 215,662 ww 11.42 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 63,663 82,900 gw 76.79 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 13,665 70,542 ww 19.37 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 669,591 1,596,510 ww 41.94 OPEN  

(a) Deepwater Complex: 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 1-April 30 of each year.

(i) During May and June, possession limited to 10 per person per day or per trip, whichever is more restrictive.

(j) 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.

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

*NOAA Fisheries has removed blueline tilefish from the Deep-water Complex.  This  rule became effective on March 30, 2015.  Additionally, there is now a  trip limit of 100 lbs gutted weight for commercial harvest of blueline tilefish.

**The 2015 landings of blueline tilefish represent 95.81% of the previous ACL of 112,207 lbs ww.

 

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
Greater Amberjack

(a)
March 1, 2015 – Feb 28, 2016 May 7, 2015 131,982 769,388 gw 17.15 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper

(b)
January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 May 7, 2015 448,226 438,260 ww 102.27 CLOSED 04/15/15
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 n/a n/a 438,260 n/a  
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2015 - February 28, 2016 May 7, 2015 180,086 3,880,000 ww 4.64 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 202,389 3,330,000 ww 6.08 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 7.03

(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 is reduced to 1,500 lbs.  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.