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

This page was updated on 1/31/18. 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

Pleae noe that some species are managed under stock ACLs (one ACL for both recreational and commercial sectors). Please visit the stock ACL page for those species.

Click here to view historical recreational landings and annual catch limits

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 CLOSED
Greater amberjack
(a) (b)
Jan 1 - Jun 30
  716,173 862,860 ww MRIP CLOSED
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  392 38,784 268,523 55,450 33,2015    396,355 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 23 21
Cobia East Florida -
18,896 84,102 91,631 43,963 17,080    255,672 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP  36  30  
Gray triggerfish
(b)

Jun 1 - July 31
96  924  6,818  0  60,425    68,263 25,559 49,759 ww MRFSS  267  137

CLOSED

1/1/17

Greater amberjack
(a) (b)

Jun 1 - July 31
414,485 320,131 35,166 9,667  287   779,737 385,413 548,641 ww MRIP  202 142

CLOSED

3/24/17

Red grouper
(c)

-
57,060 34,670  209,530 303,287  22,315    626,862 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP  26 24  
Red snapper
For Hire
(d)

Jan 1 - May 31
& July 20 - Dec 31

31,425 7,512 1,483,514 569,799 515
  2,092,765 2,278,000 2,848,000 ww (e)  92  73 7/20/17
Red snapper
Private
(d)

See (f) below

162,589 162,792  3,373,575 2,197,416 498,436   6,394,808 3,004,075 3,755,094 ww (e)  213 170 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 October, 31 2017. TXPW data are available from January through May 14, 2017. LA Creel landings are available for gag, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, and red snapper, and are available for the entirety of 2017.

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

(b) Gray triggerfish and greater amberjack were closed when the ACT was 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. Additionally, when these two stocks exceed their ACLs they have a payback the following year. For 2017, Gray triggerfish ACL was adjusted from 241,200 to 49,759 and the ACT was adjusted from 177,123 to 25,559. For 2017, greater amberjack ACL was adjusted from 1,255,600 to 548,641 and the ACT was adjusted from 1,034,442 to 385,413.

(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.

(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:

 Pleaes note that some species are


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

- 684,773 319,968 1,004,742 6,040,000 as reported MRIP 16

 

 

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.