2016 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 12/5/2016.

Preliminary 2016 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2016
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31

December 5, 2016
15,939 150,552 ww 10.59 OPEN  
Bar Jack 2,152 13,228 ww 16.27 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 57,104 96,844 ww 58.96 OPEN  
Black Sea Bass (b) 270,884 780,020 ww 34.73 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish (c) 99,595 87,521 ww 113.80 CLOSED 8/30/16
Cobia 45,992 50,000 as reported 91.98 CLOSED 12/6/16
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (d) 42,734 131,268 ww 32.55 OPEN  
Dolphin 1,036,245 1,534,485 ww 67.53 OPEN  
Gag (a) 214,629 297,882 gw 72.05 OPEN  
Golden crab 407,589 2,000,000 ww 20.38 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 112,573 135,324 gw 83.19 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline) 410,962 405,971 gw 101.23 CLOSED 3/15/16
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Grunts (e) 76,263 217,903 ww 35.00 OPEN  
Hogfish 24,088 49,469 ww 48.69 OPEN  
Jacks (f) 206,916 189,422 ww 109.24 CLOSED 8/9/16
Mutton snapper (g) 63,710 157,743 ww 40.39 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (h) 21,203 36,348 ww 58.33 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 39,859 343,200 ww 11.61 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 105,705 164,000 ww 64.45 OPEN  
Red Snapper 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED  
Scamp (a) 117,270 219,375 ww 53.46 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper (a) (i) 11,306 55,542 ww 20.36 OPEN  
Snappers (j) 173,700 344,575 ww 50.41 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 146,590 125,760 gw 116.56 CLOSED 6/14/16
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 59,182 70,542 ww 83.90 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED  

(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, Regulatory Amendment 25 increased the annual catch limit to 87,521 lbs ww, and increased the trip limit to 300 lbs gutted weight for commercial harvest of blueline tilefish. These regulations became effective on July 13, 2016.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(j) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

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

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Total Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2016-2017 Fishing Year
Gray Triggerfish January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 December 2, 2016 140,115 156,162 ww 89.72 CLOSED 4/2/16
(Re-opened 6/13/16)
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 December 2, 2016 146,965 172,178 85.36 OPEN
 
Greater Amberjack

(a)
March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 December 2, 2016 746,028 769,388 gw 96.96 CLOSED 10/4/16
Vermilion Snapper

(b) (c)
January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016 December 2, 2016 430,615 431,460 ww 99.80 CLOSED 3/29/16
July 1, 2016 – December 31, 2016 December 2, 2016 404,851 432,305
(b)
93.65 CLOSED Trip Limit Reduction
8/28/16(c)

Closed
10/11/16
Yellowtail Snapper


(d)
August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 December 2, 2016 442,451 1,596,510 ww 27.71 OPEN  
Wreckfish April 16, 2016 – January 14, 2017 confidential landings confidential landings 402,515 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.  The remaining quota from Jan-June (845 lbs ww) was added to the July-Dec quota (431,460 lbs ww). 

(c) Until 75% of the quota is reached or projected to be reached, the trip limit is 1,000 lbs.  After 75% of the quota is reached or projected to be reached, the trip limit is reduced to 500 lbs.  

(d) Regulatory Amendment 25 revised the commercial and recreational fishing years for yellowtail snapper from January -December to August - July. The yellowtail snapper regulations became effective on August 12, 2016.

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 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
2016-2017 Fishing Year
King Mackerel - Northern Zone March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 December 2, 2016 187,218 as reported

(a)
1,292,040 14.49 3,880,000 29.95 OPEN  
King Mackerel - Southern Zone 974,946 2,587,960 37.67 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017


December 2, 2016
583,459 as reported

(a)
662,670 88.05

3,330,000
38.12 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone 685,995 2,667,330 25.72 OPEN  
2,417,330

(b)
28.38  

(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 Mary Vara at 727-209-5967.