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

This page was updated on 03/14/2018. Red snapper landings were updated on 03/14/2018.

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 8 0 475   483 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 0% 0%
Cobia East Florida -
712   712 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP 0% 0%  
Gray triggerfish
(b)
Jan1 - Feb 28 & Jun 1 - July 31 4,116 641 615   5,372 217,100 241,200 ww MRIP 2% 2%
Greater amberjack
(a) (b)
SEE TABLE BELOW
Red grouper
(a)(c)

-
17,646   17,646 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP 1% 1%  
Red snapper
For Hire

Jan 1 - May 31 (d)

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


See (d) below

  3,108,000 3,885,000 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, red grouper, and greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.
(b) Gray triggerish and greater amberjack opened January 1, 2018. Gray triggerfish closed 12:01 a.m. January 16, 2018, and reopened March 1, 2018. Greater amberjack closed 12:01 a.m. January 27, 2018, NOAA Fisheries published a Fishery Bulletin announcing the opening dates.
(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) Total red snapper recreational ACL is 6,733,000.  Please see fishery bulletin FB18-026. Under state management through exempted fishing permits for 2018 and 2019. For current landings click here.

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  391 43,991 296,199 64,746 36,643 423,260 865,230 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 51 44
Cobia East Florida -
18,917 84,387 91,867 43,917 17,229 38,289 294,606 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP  41  34  
Gray triggerfish
(b)

Jun 1 - July 31
99  1,099 7,176  189  51,086  3,082 62,731 25,559 49,759 ww MRFSS  245  126

1/1/17

Greater amberjack
(a) (b)

Jun 1 - July 31
427,300 328,495 37,045 9,707  287 55 802,889 385,413 548,641 ww MRIP  208 146

3/24/17

Red grouper
(c)

-
57,475 35,053  209,726 303,097  22,364 204,600
832,315 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP  35 32  
Red snapper
For Hire
(d)(e)

Jan 1 - May 31
& July 20 - Dec 31

31,045 5,670 1,635,284 597,446 93
0
2,269,538 2,278,000 2,848,000 ww (e)  100 80
7/20/17
Red snapper
Private
(d)(e)

See (f) below

157,522 175,764  3,464,611 2,306,507 488,718  111 6,593,233 3,004,075 3,755,094 ww (e)  209 175 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 and Headboat landings are only available for January 1 to February 28, 2018.  LA Creel landings are available for gag, gray triggerfish, greater amberajck and red snapper and are from Jan 1 to June 3, 2018.  TXPW data for 2018 is not available at this time.  

(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.

(e) The ACL for red snapper private and for-hire is a combine 6,603,094.

(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:


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 6,260,000 as reported MRFSS 44  

  

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

- 829,164 325,702 118,431 13,361 1,286,658 6,040,000 as reported MRIP 21%

 

2018-2019 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 -
5,920,000 as reported MRIP  

Greater Amberjack

As of April 30, 2018 the recreational Greater Amberjack fishing year was modified to be August 1 through July 31 and the fixed closed season was modified to be November 1 through April 30 and June 1 through July 31. As such, the 2018 quota is distributed across the 2017-2018 fishing year, the 2019 quota is distributed across the 2018-2019 fishing year, and the 2020 and beyond quota will be distributed for each subsequent fishing year, which now begins on August 1 January landings occurred due the original January to June fixed closed season not being effective until January 27, 2018.  Therefore, greater amberjack opened on January 1, 2018 and closed at 12:01 a.m. on January 27, 2018.  Greater amberjack reopened May 1, 2018 with the effective date of the new fixed closed season. Due to these changes, the 2017-2018 fishing year will include landings from January and May only.

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year Aug 1 - July 31
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Aug

Sept-
Oct

Nov-
Dec

Jan-
Feb
Mar-
Apr
May-
Jun
Jul Total Current Landings ACT ACL units Data Source ACT
%

ACL
%

Quota Closure

Greater Amberjack (a)

Nov 1-Apr 30 & Jun 1-Jul 31 -- -- -- 120,963 0 54,444 175,407 716,173 862,860 ww MRIP 24% 24% CLOSED

 

2018-2019 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year Aug 1 - July 31
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Aug Sept-
Oct

Nov-
Dec

Jan-
Feb
Mar-
Apr
May-
Jun
Jul Total Current Landings ACT ACL units Data Source ACT
%

ACL
%

Quota Closure

Greater Amberjack (a)

Nov 1-Apr 30 & Jun 1-Jul 31 902,185 1,086,970 ww MRIP

 (a) Greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.

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.