2016 and 2017 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 1/17/2017 with landings through 2016. Landings for 2017 will be coming soon. 

For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures

For the most current federal regulations, please visit:  Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 622 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic

Preliminary 2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Current Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
***
Coming
soon
***
  150,552 ww   OPEN  
Bar Jack   13,228 ww   OPEN  
Black Grouper (a)   96,844 ww   CLOSED SEASONAL
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
  755,274 ww   OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish   87,521 ww   OPEN  
Cobia (i)   50,000 as reported   OPEN  
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c)   131,268 ww   OPEN  
Dolphin   1,534,485 ww   OPEN  
Gag (a) (k)   318,231 gw   CLOSED SEASONAL
Golden crab   2,000,000 ww   OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line)   135,324 gw   OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Longline)   405,971 gw   OPEN  
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d)   217,903 ww   OPEN  
Hogfish   49,469 ww   OPEN  
Jacks (e)   189,422 ww   OPEN  
Mutton snapper   157,743 ww   OPEN  
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f)   36,348 ww   OPEN  
Red Grouper (a)   343,200 ww   CLOSED SEASONAL
Red Porgy (a)   164,000 ww   CLOSED SEASONAL
Red Snapper (a)   0 gw   CLOSED SEASONAL
Scamp (a)   219,375 ww   OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
  55,542 ww   CLOSED SEASONAL
Snappers (h)   344,575 ww   OPEN  
Snowy grouper   135,380 gw   OPEN  
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo   70,542 ww   OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
  156,162 ww   OPEN  
July 1 -
December 31
  156,162   N/A  
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
  431,460 ww   OPEN  
July 1 -
December 31
  431,460   N/A  

 

 

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

January 13, 2017
16,216 150,552 ww 10.77    
Bar Jack 2,858 13,228 ww 21.61    
Black Grouper (a) 63,219 96,844 ww 65.28    
Black Sea Bass (a) (b) 281,489 780,020 ww 36.09    
Blueline Tilefish 100,947 87,521 ww 115.34 CLOSED 8/30/16
Cobia (i) 48,904 50,000 as reported 97.81 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  (c) 45,530 131,268 ww 34.68    
Dolphin 983,071 1,534,485 ww 64.07    
Gag (a) (k) 217,325 297,882 gw 72.96    
Golden crab 430,409 2,000,000 ww 21.52    
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 131,560 135,324 gw 97.22    
Golden tilefish (Longline) 410,962 405,971 gw 101.23 CLOSED 3/15/16
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 77,985 217,903 ww 35.79    
Hogfish 27,134 49,469 ww 54.91    
Jacks (e) 206,726 189,422 ww 109.24 CLOSED 8/9/16
Mutton snapper 68,274 157,743 ww 43.27    
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 23,494 36,348 ww 64.51    
Red Grouper (a) 43,758 343,200 ww 12.74    
Red Porgy (a) 115,144 164,000 ww 70.13    
Red Snapper (a) 0 0 gw 0.00 CLOSED SEASONAL
Scamp (a) 122,366 219,375 ww 55.78    
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,300 55,542 ww 22.15    
Snappers (h) 170,206 344,575 ww 49.40    
Snowy grouper 146,615 125,760 gw 116.58 CLOSED 6/14/16
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 66,678 70,542 ww 94.52    
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
140,115 156,162 ww 89.72 CLOSED 4/2/16; Reopened 6/13/16
July 1 -
December 31
171,624 172,178 99.68 CLOSED 12/16/16
Vermilion Snapper

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
429,774 431,460 ww 99.61 CLOSED 3/29/16
July 1 -
December 31
424,440 432,305 98.18 CLOSED Trip Limit Reduction
8/28/16(c)

Closed
10/11/16

Reopened 12/14/16 through 12/15/16

Closed 12/16/16 through 12/31/16

 

 

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
Greater
Amberjack
(a)
March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017 January 13, 2017 747,188 769,388 gw 97.11 CLOSED 10/4/16
Yellowtail
Snapper
August 1, 2016 -July 31, 2017 January 13, 2017 651,810 1,596,510 ww 40.83 OPEN  
Wreckfish (a) April 16, 2016 – January 14, 2017 confidential landings confidential landings 393,490 ww confidential landings OPEN  

 

 

Preliminary 2016-2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year Date Landings Available Through Total Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date
2016-2017 Fishing Year
King Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017

January 13, 2017
370,674 as reported

 
1,292,040 28.69 3,880,000 37.36 OPEN  
King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

(i)
1,079,014 2,587,960 41.69 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2016 – February 28, 2017

January 13, 2017
584,393 as reported
 
662,670 88.19

3,330,000
60.98 OPEN  
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 
(i) (k)
1,446,130 2,667,330 54.22 OPEN  
2,417,330 59.82  

 

 

For trip and bag limits, please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

For the most current federal regulations, please visit:  Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 622 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic

 

(a) There is a seasonal regulation in place; For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures

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

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

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

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

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

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

(h) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

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

(j) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June quota is rolled over into the July-Dec quota. 

(k) A trip limit is in place, and is reduced after 75% of the quota is reached or projected to be reached

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight

 

 

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.