2017 and 2018 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs)

This page was updated on 12/1/2017. Red snapper landings were updated on 11/29/17.

For a list of seasonal closures,  please visit Gulf of Mexico Seasons and 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

2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year January 1 - December 31

Species Complex Fixed Closed Months
Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Current Landings ACT ACL Units Data Source ACT % ACL % Quota Closure
Gag (a) Jan 1 - May 30   1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP
Cobia East Florida -
  710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP  
Gray triggerfish
(b)

Jan1 - Feb 28 & Jun 1 - July 31
  217,100 241,200 ww MRFSS OPEN Jan 1- Jan 15
Greater amberjack
(a) (b)
Jan 1 - Jun 30
  716,173 862,860 ww MRIP OPEN Jan 1 - Jan 26
Red grouper
(c)

-
  2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP  
Red snapper
For Hire

Jan 1 - May 31 (d)

  2,278,000 2,848,000 ww
Red snapper
Private

See (d) below

  ww
Goliath grouper Closed to
Rec.
Harvest
x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a

(a) Gag and greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.
(b) Gray triggerish and greater amberjack will open January 1, 2018. Gray triggerfish will close 12:01 a.m. January 16, 2018, and reopen March 1, 2018. Greater amberjack will close 12:01 a.m. January 27, 2018, NOAA Fisheries will publish a Fishery Bulletin announcing the opening dates later in 2018.
(c) This closure occurs Feb 1 - Mar 31 for all shallow water grouper (red grouper, black grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, and yellowfin grouper) in the portion of the Gulf EEZ seaward of coordinates defined in the Federal regulations at paragraph (d) of  § 622.34, Seasonal and area closures designed to protect Gulf reef fish.  These coordinates approximate the 20-fathom depth contour.
(d) NOAA fisheries will publish a Fishery Bulletin announcing the opening and closing dates, and ACT and ACL later in 2018.

2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave*
Fishing Year January 1 - December 31

Species Complex Fixed Closed Months
Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Current Landings ACT ACL Units Data Source ACT % ACL % Quota Closure
Gag (a) Jan 1 - May 30  25 38,594 269,021 55,184 531    363,355 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 21 19
Cobia East Florida -
26,771 188,450 129,723 0 0    336,982 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP  47  39  
Gray triggerfish
(b)

Jun 1 - July 31
95  908  6,818  0  0    7,821 25,559 49,759 ww MRFSS  31  16

CLOSED

1/1/17

Greater amberjack
(a) (b)

Jun 1 - July 31
407,342 316,113 35,166 9,667  0   768,289 385,413 548,641 ww MRIP  199 140

CLOSED

3/24/17

Red grouper
(c)

-
57,153 34,382  209,734 303,618      604,887 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP  26 23  
Red snapper
For Hire
(d)

Jan 1 - May 31
& July 20 - Dec 31

31,425 7,512 1,483,514 570,255     2,092,706 2,278,000 2,848,000 ww (e)  92  73 7/20/17
Red snapper
Private
(d)

See (f) below

144,266 143,368  3,352,265 2,197,785 34,146   5,871,829 3,004,075 3,755,094 ww (e)  195 156 6/4/17
Goliath grouper Closed to
Rec.
Harvest
x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a

 

* MRIP, MRFSS calibrated from MRIP, and Headboat landings are available from January 1 through April 30, 3017. TXPW data are not available for 2017 at this time. LA Creel landings are available for gag, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, and red snapper, and are available from January 1 through September 17, 2017.

(a) Gag and greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.

(b) Gray triggerfish and greater amberjack were closed when the ACT was met or projected to be met. Please see FB16-076 for more information on the 2017 gray triggerfish closure, and FB17-016 for more information on the payback for the 2017 greater amberjack fishing season.

(c) This closure occurs Feb 1 - Mar 31 for all shallow water grouper (red grouper, black grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, and yellowfin grouper) in the portion of the Gulf EEZ seaward of coordinates defined in the Federal regulations at paragraph (d) of  § 622.34, Seasonal and area closures designed to protect Gulf reef fish.  These coordinates approximate the 20-fathom depth contour.

(d) Red snapper had a payback in the 2017 fishing season due to exceeding the total recreational quota in the 2016 fishing season. The ACL and ACT are shown adjusted accordingly. Charter landings outside the federal season are included against the Private angler component quota.

(e) SEFSC MRIP-Based Recreational ACL Data (MRIP and SRHS Waves 1-4), LA Creel (Jan-Oct 29). Note TPWD data for Waves 1-6, MRIP and SRHS data for Waves 5-6, LA Creel data for Oct 30-Dec 31 are not presently available.

(f) The 2017 Federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling sector in the Gulf of Mexico is June 1-3.
Then beginning June 16th through September 4, 2017 (Labor Day), the season is:

 

2016 Final Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Fishing Year
Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Current Landings
ACT ACL Units Data Source ACT % ACL  % Quota Closure

Gag

(a)

Jan 1 - Dec 31 86 18,827 224,784 120,774 99,845  332,114 796,430 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 47 42  
Cobia East Florida Jan 1 - Dec 31 10,109 143,600 101,831 92,160 1,268 98,058
447,026 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP 63 52  
Gray triggerfish
(b)
Jan 1 - May 31
& Aug 1 - Dec 31
75,674 243,745 92,984 9,631 2,204 8,403 432,641 177,123 201,223 ww MRFSS 244 215 CLOSED (6/1/16)
Greater amberjack
(a) (b)
Jan 1 - May 31
& Aug 1 - Dec 31
225,584 1,258,335 457,018 20,516 26 1,080 1,962,559 1,034,442 1,197,670 ww MRIP 190 164 CLOSED (6/1/16)
Red grouper
(c)
Jan 1 - Dec 31 213,401 272,484 411,450 167,607 205,855 132,439 1,403,236 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP 59 54  
Red snapper
For Hire
(d)

Jun 1 - Jul 17
48,510 19,703 1,385,896 672,747 7,267  8,692 2,142,814 2,434,000 3,042,000 ww (e) 88 70 CLOSED (7/16/16)
Red snapper
Private
(d)

Jun 1 - Jun 10
225,165 106,472 3,616,775 710,153  438,282  196,788 5,293,635 3,320,000 4,150,000 ww (e) 159 128 CLOSED (6/12/16)
Goliath grouper Closed to
Rec.
Harvest
x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a

* MRIP, MRFSS calibrated from MRIP, and Headboat landings are available from Jan 1 to April 30 of 2017.  TXPW data are not available for 2017 at this time.  LA Creel landings are available for gag, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, and red snapper and are from January 1 through July 2, 2017

(a) Gag and greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.

(b) Gray triggerfish and greater amberjack were closed when the ACT was met or projected to be met. Please see FB16-76 for more information on the 2017 gray triggerfish closure.

(c) This closure occurs in the portion of the Gulf EEZ seaward of coordinates defined in the Federal regulations at paragraph (d) of  § 622.34, Seasonal and area closures designed to protect Gulf reef fish.  These coordinates approximate the 20-fathom depth contour.

(d) Charter landings outside the federal season are included against the Private angler component quota.

(e) SEFSC MRIP-Based Recreational ACL Data (MRIP Waves 1-4, SRHS Waves 1-4), LA Creel (Jan-Oct 25).  Note TPWD data for Waves 3-6, MRIP data for Waves 5-6, LA Creel data for Oct 26-Dec 31, and SRHS data for Waves 5-6 are not presently available.

NOTE: Red snapper data include SRHS and MRIP Waves 1-2, 2017 from SEFSC MRIP-based Recreational ACL Data (July 2017) and LA Creel landings through July 2, 2017.

King Mackerel

2016-2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year July 1 - June 30
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Total Current Landings
ACL Units Data Source
ACL% Quota Closure
King Mackerel -
729,620 400,347 292,751 244,664 717,797
393,508
2,778,687 7,344,000 as reported MRFSS 38  

  

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year July 1 - June 30
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Total Current Landings ACL units Data Source ACL% Quota Closure

King
Mackerel

- 680,433 680,433 6,260,000 as reported MRIP 11

 

 

Please note that some species are managed under stock ACLs (one ACL for both recreational and commercial sectors).  Please visit the Stock ACL page for this information.

For a list of seasonal closures, see the Gulf of Mexico Seasons and Closures page.
 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight
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This page provides only a summary of the information regarding the existing regulations. Any discrepancies between this information and the regulations as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.