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 9/26/2014.

 

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 September 25, 2014 1,941 35,108 ww 5.53 OPEN  
Bar Jack 3,748 5,265 ww 71.19 OPEN  
Black Grouper (h) 64,387 96,844 ww 66.49 OPEN  
Cobia 102,825 125,712 ww 81.79 OPEN  
Deepwater complex(a) n/a 376,469 ww n/a n/a  
Deep-water complex (k) (Temporary) 52,632 60,371 ww 87.18 CLOSED 07/10/14
Blueline Tilefish (k) (Temporary) 152,729 112,207 ww 136.11 CLOSED 06/23/14
Dolphin 738,913 1,157,001 ww 63.86 OPEN  
Gag (h) 242,647 326,722 gw 74.27 OPEN  
Golden crab 966,128 2,000,000 ww 48.31 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 137,096 135,324 gw 101.31 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 280,803 272,880 ww 102.90 CLOSED 05/12/14
Grunts (b) 87,789 218,539 ww 40.17 OPEN  
Hogfish 24,902 49,469 ww 50.34 OPEN  
Jacks (c) 282,939 189,422 ww 149.37 CLOSED 07/15/14
Mutton snapper (i) 61,707 157,743 ww 39.12 OPEN  
Nassau grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Porgies (d) 29,234 36,348 ww 80.43 OPEN  
Red Grouper (h) 95,524 343,200 ww 27.83 OPEN  
Red Porgy (h) 114,438 154,500 ww 74.07 OPEN  
Red Snapper 57,729 50,994 gw 113.21 CLOSED 09/09/14
Scamp (h) 126,494 333,100 ww 37.97 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper (f) (h) 18,774 49,776 ww 37.72 OPEN  
Snappers (g) 138,798 215,662 ww 64.36 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 89,736 82,900 gw 108.25 CLOSED 07/25/14
Speckled Hind - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Wahoo 42,857 70,542 ww 60.75 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - 0 ww - CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 1,136,550 1,596,510 ww 71.19 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 June 1, 2014 – May 31, 2015 September 25, 2014 213,173 780,020 ww 27.33 OPEN  
Greater Amberjack (a) May 1, 2014 – April 30, 2015 September 25, 2014 430,373 769,388 ww 55.94 OPEN   
Vermilion Snapper (b) 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 September 25, 2014 490,947 446,080 110.06 09/12/14
Wreckfish April 16, 2014 – April 15, 2015 confidential landings confidential landings 223,250 ww confidential landings OPEN  
King Mackerel March 1, 2014 - February 28, 2015 September 25, 2014 858,363 3,880,000 ww 22.12 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel 924,837 3,130,000 ww 29.55 OPEN  
2,880,000 (c) ww 32.11

(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 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