South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

2012 Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave**  
Species Complex Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported 2012 ACL/Quota Units ACL %
Atlantic spadefish
Jan 1-Dec 31
1,232 1,340 172,926 8,699 2,909 0 187,106 246,365 ww 76%
Bar Jack 82 40 1,751 344 138 204 2,559 13,834 ww 18%  
Black Grouper (g) 249 563 109,959 23,247 482 12,946 147,446 155,020 ww 95%  
Blue runner 101,214 55,261 42,111 135,082 105,833 180,126 619,627 1,101,612 ww 56%  
Cobia 98,673 231,300 498,201 119,378 51,981 59,049 1,058,583 1,445,687 ww 73%  
Deepwater complex (a) 10,236 6,803 19,409 51,130 15,867 4,404 107,849 332,039 ww 32%  
Dolphin 168,373 926,206 2,912,294 950,449 848,830 302,308 6,108,460 13,530,692 ww 45%  
Gag (g) 29 33 50,479 31,794 48,911 45,851 177,097 340,060 gw 52%  
Golden tilefish (i) 1,018 565 1,960 38 46 0 3,627 3,019 numbers 120%
 
Gray triggerfish 22,432 35,619 79,012 38,689 124,983 82,731 383,466 367,303 ww 104%
 
Grunts (b) 30,872 47,717 78,115 153,723 59,250 38,641 408,318 562,151 ww 73%  
Hogfish 17,511 8,750 30,788 11,739 29,726 5,096 103,610 98,866 ww 105%  
Jacks (c) 8,523 88,651 66,768 35,788 25,343 16,299 241,372 261,490 ww 92%  
Mutton snapper 46,282 102,210 182,880 77,015 27,275 34,366 470,028 768,857 ww 61%  
Porgies (d) 15,398 36,204 15,403 23,127 27,480 8,029 125,641 112,485 ww 112%  
Red Grouper (g) 4,777 1,183 49,193 17,752 21,911 6,788 101,604 362,320 ww 28%  
Red Porgy 1,979 7,509 37,116 16,250 30,323 8,121 101,298 197,652 ww 51%  
Scamp (g) 123 131 50,082 3,610 24,218 282 78,446 150,936 ww 52%  
Shallow water grouper (e) (g) 714 27 14,593 1,605 1,797 816 19,552 48,329 ww 40%  
Snappers (f) 36,859 28,890 73,560 145,812 77,340 66,521 428,982 882,388 ww 49%  
Snowy grouper 2 1 1,049 651 330 32 2,065 523 numbers 395%  
Vermilion snapper (i) 530 17,819 63,242 47,573 65,179 156 194,499 307,315 gw 63%  
Wahoo 140,699 391,228 79,889 160,323 723,363 56,973 1,552,475 1,427,638 ww 109%  
Wreckfish (j) 0 0 0 0 964 0 964 11,750 ww 8%  
Yellowtail snapper 56,328 134,686 113,538 61,015 30,240 53,230 449,037 1,031,286 ww 44%  
Goliath grouper
Closed to Recreational Harvest
x x x x x x x 0 ww x
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww x  
Red Snapper x x x x x x x 0 gw x  
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww x  
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww x  

(a) Deepwater Complex: Yellowedge grouper, blueline tilefish, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, black snapper, blackfin snapper

(b) Grunts: White grunt, margate, sailor's choice, tomtate

(c) Jacks: Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack

(d) Porgies: Jolthead, knobbed, saucereye, whitebone, scup

(e) Shallow water grouper: Red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper

(f) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera, dog, mahogany

(g) Recreational harvest is prohibited during January-April of each year.

(h) On October 9, 2012, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to increase the annual catch limit from 1,578 fish to 3,019 fish for the recreational sector.

(i) Vermilion snapper is closed from November-March.

(j) Recreational harvest is prohibited during January 1-June 30, and September 1-December 31 of each year.

  

2012-2013 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave**
Species Complex Season May-Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr Total Reported 2012-2013 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL %
Greater Amberjack May 1 - April 30 204,295 136,571 131,621 54.487 58,430 879,369 1,464,773 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 125%
 
2012-2013 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave**
Species Complex Season Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May Total Reported 2012-2013 ACL/Quota Units ACL %
Black Sea Bass Jun 1 - May 31 245,950 133,535 16,824 10,761 2,684 17,719 1,313 428,785 409,000 105% 104%
 
2012-2013 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave**  
Species Complex Season Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2012-2013 ACL/Quota Units ACL %
King Mackerel Mar 1 - Feb 28 441,409 278,909 378,173 401,078 77,359 142,271 1,719,199 6,580,000 ww 26%
Spanish Mackerel 85,305 213,588 274,142 528,703 202,675 73,349 1,377,762 2,560,000 ww 54%  

 

** Only MRFSS data is available at this time.

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight

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