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 8/26/2015.

 

Preliminary 2015 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2015
Atlantic spadefish January 1 - December 31 August 19, 2015 11,013 150,552 ww 7.32 OPEN  
Bar Jack 2,408 13,228 ww 18.20 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 64,747 96,844 ww 66.86 OPEN  
Black Sea Bass (b) 252,985 780,020 ww 32.43 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish (c) 76,738 17,841* ww 430.12 CLOSED 04/07/15
Cobia 22,433 60,000 as reported

(l)
37.39 OPEN  
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone 46,984 70,000 as reported

(l)
67.12 OPEN  
Deep-water complex

(e)
54,253 131,634 ww 41.22 OPEN  
Dolphin 1,101,948 1,157,001 ww 95.24 CLOSED 6/30/15
Gag (a) 180,323 326,722 gw 55.19 OPEN  
Golden crab 235,344 2,000,000 ww 11.77 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 95,739 135,324 gw 70.75 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 385,734 405,971 gw 95.02 CLOSED 02/19/15
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Grunts (f) 58,778 217,903 ww 26.97 OPEN  
Hogfish 20,011 49,469 ww 40.45 OPEN  
Jacks (g) 232,386 189,422 ww 122.68 CLOSED 06/23/15
Mutton snapper (h) 67,091 157,743 ww 42.53 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (i) 24,320 36,348 ww 66.91 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 51,341 343,200 ww 14.96 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 81,088 164,000 ww 49.44 OPEN  
Red Snapper 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (a) 93,754 219,375 ww 42.74 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (j)
10,783 55,542 ww 19.41 OPEN  
Snappers (k) 132,855 344,884 ww 38.52 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 82,643 115,451 gw 71.58 OPEN  
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 38,004 70,542 ww 53.87 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 1,258,651 1,596,510 ww 78.84 OPEN  

(a) Commercial harvest is prohibited during January 1-April 30 of each year.

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

(c) 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.

(d) The 2015 landings of blueline tilefish represent 68.39% of the previous ACL of 112,207 lbs ww.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(k) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera, dog, mahogany

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

 

Preliminary 2015 – 2016 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status Closure Date
2014-2015 Fishing Year
Gray Triggerfish January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 August 19, 2015 257,536 272,880 ww 94.38 OPEN 05/08/15
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 August 19, 2015 41,554 63,918 65.01  
Greater Amberjack

(a)
March 1, 2015 – February 29, 2016 August 19, 2015 496,312 769,388 ww 64.51 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper

(b)
January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015 August 19, 2015 450,863 438,260 ww 102.88 OPEN 04/15/15
July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015 August 19, 2015 230,238 438,260 52.53  
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 411,350 ww confidential landings OPEN  

(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.

 

Preliminary 2015-2016 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL (lb) ACL % Current Status Closure Date 2015-2016
King Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2015 – February 28, 2016 August 19, 2015 25,542 as reported

(a)
1,292,040 1.98 3,880,000 16.05 OPEN  
King Mackerel - Southern Zone 597,213 2,587,960 23.08 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2015 – February 28, 2016 August 19, 2015 304,816 as reported

(a)
662,670 46.00 3,330,000 15.30 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone 204,776 2,667,330 7.68 OPEN  
2,417,330 (b) 8.47  

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

(b) The adjusted quota (2,417,330 lbs ww) is used to determine trip limit reductions.  At 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 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.