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

This page was updated on 1/10/2017.

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*
Species Complex Open Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACT ACL Units Dataset ACT % ACL % Current Status
(Closure Date)
Gag Jun 1 - Dec 31               1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP     CLOSED
Cobia East Florida Jan 1 - Dec 31               710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP      
Gray triggerfish
**
Jan 1 - May 31
& Aug 1 - Dec 31
              0 19,987 ww MRFSS     CLOSED
Greater amberjack
**
Jan 1 - May 31
& Aug 1 - Dec 31
              TBD TBD ww MRIP    

CLOSED

3/24/17

Red grouper
***
Jan 1 - Dec 31               2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP      
Red snapper
For Hire
****
Jun 1 - To be determined               TBD TBD ww (a)      
Red snapper
Private
****
Jun 1 - To be determined               TBD TBD ww (a)      
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

 

 

2016 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Open Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACT ACL Units Dataset ACT % ACL  % Current Status
(Closure Date)
Gag Jan 1 - Dec 31 86 22,031 254,401 138,937 111,744   527,199 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 31 28  
Cobia East Florida Jan 1 - Dec 31 9,807 137,599 98,242 89,264 1,123   336,035 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP 47 39  
Gray triggerfish
**
Jan 1 - May 31
& Aug 1 - Dec 31
70,706 259,527 92,160 9,553 2,950   434,896 177,123 201,223 ww MRFSS 246 216 CLOSED (6/1/16)
Greater amberjack
**
Jan 1 - May 31
& Aug 1 - Dec 31
223,227 1,256,057 454,645 20,347 26   1,954,301 1,092,372 1,255,600 ww MRIP 179 156 CLOSED (6/1/16)
Red grouper
***
Jan 1 - Dec 31 205,526 267,082 400,514 164,816 205,531   1,243,469 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP 52 48  
Red snapper
For Hire
****

Jun 1 - Jul 17
53,132 20,437 1,324,041 618,481     2,016,090 2,434,000 3,042,000 ww (a) 83 66 CLOSED (7/16/16)
Red snapper
Private
****

Jun 1 - Jun 10
208,605 106,092 3,594,860 678,570     4,588,127 3,320,000 4,150,000 ww (a) 138 111 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 to MRIP and headboat landings are available are available for waves 1 through 5. Gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, and red snapper include LA Creel landings for waves 1 through 5. TXPW data is available from January through May 14, 2016.

*Greater amberjack and gag landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.

**Gray Trigerfish 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.

***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.

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

 

Mackerel

2016-2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Species Complex Season Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL% Closure
Date
King Mackerel Jul 1-Jun 30 667,946 393,121         1,061,067 7,344,000 as reported MRFSS 14  

 

 

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.