South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

2014 Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported 2014 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
Jan 1-Dec 31
40,236 20 94,142 155,416 410,345 1,852 702,011 154,352 ww MRIP 455 n/a
Bar Jack 167 625 699 240 196 52 1,979 19,515 ww MRIP 10 n/a
Black Grouper(g) 261 278 41,352 938 9,798 4,404 57,031 165,750 ww MRFSS 34 n/a
Blueline Tilefish 6,908 19,804 23,914 30,817 12,833 1,436 95,712 111,893 ww MRIP 86 n/a
Cobia 79,902 25,891 535,496 426,364 3,990 107,388 1,179,031 1,445,687 ww MRFSS 82 n/a
Deepwater complex (a) 2,953 857 1,378 4,204 4,677 420 14,489 19,313 ww MRIP 75 n/a
Dolphin 76,074 688,283 2,106,278 1,513,511 671,840 171,658 5,227,644 14,187,845 ww MRIP 37 n/a
Gag (g) 50 119 48,903 60,952 24,860 34,563 169,447 340,060 gw MRFSS 50 n/a
Golden tilefish *** 682 596 12 54 1 12 1,357 3,019 numbers MRFSS 45 6/7/14
Gray triggerfish*** 17,619 50,229 74,107 193,333 56,449 39,779 431,516 353,638 ww MRIP 122  
Grunts (b) 61,720 30,066 73,567 100,778 34,723 53,689 354,543 588,113 ww MRIP 60 n/a
Hogfish 83,458 632 4,254 15,176 2,649 5,634 111,803 85,355 ww MRIP 131 n/a
Jacks (c) 2,055 16,399 78,115 91,886 22,116 15,433 226,004 267,799 ww MRIP 84 n/a
Mutton snapper 148,040 36,693 90,042 75,881 46,998 120,666 518,320 768,857 ww MRFSS 67 n/a
Porgies (d)*** 48,571 15,934 22,375 16,438 4,602 20,311 128,231 106,914 ww MRIP 120  
Red Grouper(g) 2,461 875 17,607 9,316 4,991 3,506 38,756 436,800 ww MRFSS 9 n/a
Red Porgy 647 3,680 23,074 25,308 5,491 1,588 59,788 154,500 ww MRIP 39 n/a
Scamp (g) 59 243 7,993 57,571 3,627 664 70,157 176,688 ww MRIP 40 n/a
Shallow water grouper

(e) (g)
1,123 123 4,232 4,237 1,203 1,022 11,940 46,656 ww MRIP 26 n/a
Snappers (f)*** 79,616 32,314 129,719 308,205 124,047 156,799 830,700 728,577 ww MRIP 114  
Snowy grouper*** 107 173 308 460 166 0 1,214 523 numbers MRFSS 232 6/7/14
Vermilion snapper 5,491 23,226 93,057 174,448 51,096 58,752 406,070 419,840 ww MRIP 97 n/a
Wahoo 61,436 30,913 38,974 140,449 251,667 133,432 656,871 1,724,418 ww MRIP 38 n/a
Wreckfish

(i)
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11,750 ww MRFSS 0 n/a
Yellowtail snapper 194,679 81,616 246,722 220,376 74,681 115,205 933,279 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 65 n/a
Red Snapper Open 8 Days in July 2014 x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x n/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 CLOSED
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED

(a) Deepwater Complex: Yellowedge grouper, 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) Recreational harvest is prohibited during January 1-June 30, and September 1-December 31 of each year.

The datasets used to monitor the recreational ACLs for some stocks were changed from MRFSS to the MRIP.  The dataset to monitor the other stocks will be changed to MRIP in future amendments.  

* All landings include MRFSS/MRIP and Headboat landings.

  

2014-2015 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season May-Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr Total Reported 2014-2015 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Greater Amberjack May 1 - Feb 28** 414,074 357,626 48,167 33,583 12,349 ** 865,799 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 74  

2014-2015 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave**
Species Complex Season Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar ** Total Reported 2014-2015 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Black Sea Bass** Jun 1 - March 31** 76,778 157,549 46,880 83,974 16,629 25,016 ** 406,825 1,033,980 ww MRIP 39  

2014-2015 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave**
Species Complex Season Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2014-2015 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
King Mackerel Mar 1 - Feb 28 64,922 267,822 447,658 353,038 95,312 75,085 1,303,837 6,580,000 ww MRFSS 20  n/a
Spanish Mackerel 28,037 236,227 218,139 312,730 182,644 41,852 1,019,629 2,727,000 ww MRFSS 37  n/a



 

* All landings include both MRFSS/MRIP and Headboat landings.  

**Fishing seasons were modified in Regulatory Amendment 14 for black sea bass and greater amberjack

***ACL was exceeded in the previous year requiring in-season monitoring for 2014.

 

For a list of seasonal closures, see the South Atlantic Seasonal Closures page.

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight
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