2016 and 2017 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

This page was updated on 7/19/2017.

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

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  27 58 0        85 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP  0 0
Cobia East Florida -
 28,858            25,858 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP  4  3  
Gray triggerfish
(b)

Jun 1 - July 31
96  298  37        431 0 19,987 ww MRFSS  0  2

CLOSED

1/1/17

Greater amberjack
(a) (b)

Jun 1 - July 31
275,419 1,556 0       276,975 335,741 566,446 ww MRIP  82  49

CLOSED

3/24/17

Red grouper
(c)

-
50,854            50,854 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP  2  2  
Red snapper
For Hire
(d)

Jan 1 - May 31
& July 20 - Dec 31

 30,994  13,119 5,235        49,349 2,278,000 2,848,000 ww (e)  2  2
Red snapper
Private
(d)

See (f) below

62,985  46,453  17,717       127,155 3,004,075 3,755,094 ww (e)  4  3
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 or MRFSS calibrated from MRIP, and Headboat landings are available for waves 1 (Jan/Feb) 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 are available from January through May 14, 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 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 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. 

(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 18,872 1,378,385 639,466  1,929  8,692 2,095,855 2,434,000 3,042,000 ww (e) 86 69 CLOSED (7/16/16)
Red snapper
Private
(d)

Jun 1 - Jun 10
191,978 88,530 3,529,079 791,768  440,231  187,031 5,228,617 3,320,000 4,150,000 ww (e) 157 126 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 or MRFSS calibrated from MRIP, Headboat, and LA creel landings are available for waves 1 through 6. TXPW data are available from January through March 14, 2016.

(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.

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 -
729,620 400,347 292,751 245,077     1,667,795 7,344,000 as reported MRFSS 23  

 

 

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
Click here to view historical recreational landings and annual catch limits

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.