2014 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 will be 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 11/21/2014.

 

Preliminary 2014 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Date
Closed
2014
Atlantic spadefish January 1 – December 31 November 19, 2014 2,547 35,108 ww 7.25 OPEN  
Bar Jack 4,026 5,265 ww 76.47 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 73,098 96,844 ww 75.48 OPEN  
Cobia 118,540 125,712 ww 94.29 OPEN  
Deepwater complex(a) n/a 376,469 ww n/a n/a  
Deep-water complex (k) (Temporary) 53,846 60,371 ww 89.19 CLOSED 07/10/14
Blueline Tilefish (k) (Temporary) 153,383 112,207 ww 136.70 CLOSED 06/23/14
Dolphin 756,506 1,157,001 ww 65.39 OPEN  
Gag (h) 311,628 326,722 gw 95.38 CLOSED 11/21/14
Golden crab 1,069,249 2,000,000 ww 53.46 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 137,802 135,324 gw 101.83 CLOSED 8/29/14
Golden tilefish (Longline) (j) 564,515 405,971 gw 139.05 CLOSED 03/5/14 
Goliath grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Gray triggerfish 277,766 272,880 ww 101.79 CLOSED 05/12/14
Grunts (b) 100,497 218,539 ww 45.99 OPEN  
Hogfish 31,636 49,469 ww 63.95 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 285,535 189,422 ww 150.74 CLOSED 07/15/14
Mutton snapper (i) 94,760 157,743 ww 60.07 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 33,426 36,348 ww 91.96 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 123,870 343,200 ww 36.09 OPEN  
Red Porgy (h) 131,526 154,500 ww 85.13 OPEN  
Red Snapper 56,594 50,994 gw 110.98 CLOSED 09/09/14
Scamp (h) 166,761 333,100 ww 50.06 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper (f) (h) 21,880 49,776 ww 43.96 OPEN  
Snappers (g) 144,406 215,662 ww 66.96 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 90,987 82,900 gw 109.76 CLOSED 07/25/14
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 52,573 70,542 ww 74.53 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 1,354,688 1,596,510 ww 84.85 OPEN  

(a) Deepwater Complex: Blueline tilefish, 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-April of each year.

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

(j) When 75% of the golden tilefish ACL is met or projected to be met, the trip limit is reduced to 300 pounds per trip.  The trip limit reduction is effective on February 18, 2013.

(k) 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.

 

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
Black Sea Bass (a) June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015 November 19, 2014 253,427 780,020 ww 32.49 OPEN  
Greater Amberjack (b) May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 November 19, 2014 564,987 769,388 ww 73.43 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper (c) January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014 August 27, 2014 513,507 446,080 ww 115.12 CLOSED 04/19/14
July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014 November 19, 2014 470,615 446,080 105.50 09/12/14
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – January 14, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 November 19, 2014 1,155,971 3,880,000 ww 29.79 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 1,354,261 3,130,000 ww 43.27 OPEN  
2,880,000 (d) ww 47.02

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

(b) Commercial harvest of greater amberjack is prohibited during April.

(c) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June vermilion snapper ACL is rolled over into the July-Dec quota.

(d) The adjusted quota is used to determine trip limit reductions.  At 75% of the adjusted quota (2,880,000 lbs ww), the trip limit it reduced to 1,500 lbs.  The 1,500 lb trip limit went into effect on January 17, 2014.  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.

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Source: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Quota Monitoring Program, Miami, Florida.

For additional information contact Catherine Hayslip at 727-551-5727