South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for 2017-2018

This page was last updated on 1/17/2018.

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

To view the historical recreational landings and annual catch limits, see the historical landings page.

Preliminary 2018 Recreational Landings by

Two-month Wave will be posted when available

Fishing Year : January -December

Species Complex Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL % Current
Status
Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
661,926 ww MRIP    
Bar Jack 49,021 ww MRIP    
Black Grouper (a) 165,750 ww MRFSS CLOSED Seasonal 
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 87,277 ww MRIP CLOSED

Seasonal

Cobia NY to GA 620,000 as reported MRIP
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 38,628 ww MRIP
Dolphin 13,810,361 ww MRIP
Gag (a) 348,194 gw MRIP CLOSED Seasonal
Golden tilefish 2,187 numbers MRFSS
Gray triggerfish 404,675 ww MRIP
Grunts (c) 618,122 ww MRIP
Hogfish NC-GA 988 ww MRIP
Hogfish FLK-EFL 18,617 ww MRIP
Jacks (d) 267,799 ww MRIP
Mutton Snapper 768,857 ww MRFSS
Porgies (a)
106,914 ww MRIP
Red Grouper (a) 436,800 ww MRFSS CLOSED Seasonal

Red Porgy

(a)

48,648 ww MRIP
Scamp (a)
1,169,308 ww MRIP CLOSED Seasonal

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

48,648 ww MRIP CLOSED Seasonal

Snappers

(g)

1,169,308 ww MRIP
Snowy grouper (a) 4,983 ww MRIP CLOSED

Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 406,080 ww MRIP
Wahoo 1,724,418 ww MRIP

Wreckfish

(a)

20,315 WW MRIP  CLOSED  Seasonal
Red Snapper   x x x x x X X 0 numbers MRFSS 0 CLOSED Seasonal
Goliath grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A

Preliminary 2017 Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave

Fishing Year : January -December

Species Complex Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL % Current
Status
Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
28 194 8,177 106,635 9,827 124,861 661,926 ww MRIP 19    
Bar Jack 37 34 94 8,006 27 8,198 49,021 ww MRIP 17    
Black Grouper (a) 55 153 12,422 7,746 37,286 57,662 165,750 ww MRFSS 35    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 5,582 153,803 33,337 38,787 2,092 233,601 87,277 ww MRIP 268 CLOSED

Seasonal

Cobia NY to GA 0 0 286,556 157,600 16,611 460,767 620,000 as reported MRIP 74 CLOSED 1/24/2017
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 4,004 824 2,798 9,058 1,842 18,526 38,628 ww MRIP 48
Dolphin 36,850 347,974 1,501,870 1,162,418 472,468 3,521,580 13,810,361 ww MRIP 25
Gag (a) 0 40,000 12,949 13,019 34,468 100,436 331,902 gw MRIP 30
Golden tilefish 386 429 9 865 77 1,687669 3,019 numbers MRFSS 81
Gray triggerfish 22,982 54,024 108,458 135,712 73,424 394,600 404,675 ww MRIP 98
Grunts (c) 67,894 54,532 52,330 93,288 31,068 299,112 618,122 ww MRIP 48
Hogfish NC-GA 0 2 0 3 4 9 988 ww MRIP 1
Hogfish FLK-EFL 3,065 10,943 4,387 12,387 433 31,215 15,689 ww MRIP 199 CLOSED 8/24/2017
Jacks (d) 5,642 29,816 68,785 117,484 15,597 237,324 267,799 ww MRIP 89
Mutton Snapper 130,680 197,435 52,162 53,826 17,779 451,882 768,857 ww MRFSS 59
Porgies (a)
8,621 12,812 11,548 19,972 6,143 59,096 106,914 ww MRIP 55
Red Grouper (a) 218 1,893 38,902 22,174 6,124 69,311 436,800 ww MRFSS 16

Red Porgy

(a)

1,237 9,838 21,641 38,674 3,341 74,731 48,648 ww MRIP 46
Scamp (a)
224 278 8,480 72,203 6,475 87,660 1,169,308 ww MRIP 75

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

7 4 2,578 1,669 1,253 5,511 48,648 ww MRIP 11

Snappers

(g)

133,537 127,810 99,740 469,097 38,576 868,760 1,169,308 ww MRIP 74
Snowy grouper (a) 59 0 651 747 317 1,774 4,819 ww MRIP 37 CLOSED

Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 14,020 39,579 88,068 83,428 52,752 277,847 406,080 ww MRIP 68
Wahoo 71,880 113,753 27,123 286,058 281,851 763,665 1,724,418 ww MRIP 45

Wreckfish

(a)

0 0 0 0 0 0 20,710 WW MRIP 0  CLOSED  Seasonal
Red Snapper   x x x x x *See below 0 29,656 numbers MRFSS 0 *See FB17-061 and FB17-071 for more information Seasonal
Goliath grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A

 

Note: 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.

*Red snapper recreational sector will reopen for harvest in South Atlantic federal waters will reopen 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 8, 2017, and close 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017.  During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag limit for red snapper is one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit. See FB17-071 for more information.

**Cobia (Georgia to New York is closed for 2017, starting January 24. Please see FB17-004 for more information.  

 For trip and bag limits, please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

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

(a) There is a seasonal regulation in place; For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures

(b) Deepwater Complex: Yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, and blackfin snapper

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

(d) Jacks (Other Jacks Complex): Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack

(e) Porgies (Other Porgies Complex): Jolthead, knobbed, saucereye, whitebone, scup

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

(g) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

Note: 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. 

*MRIP or MRIP calibrated to MRFSS and headboat landings are available for waves 1 through 5.

 

Greater Amberjack

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Greater Amberjack** 624,657 296,033 194,867 35,036   1,150,593 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 99 CLOSED 10/31/17

Black Sea Bass  
2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Black Sea Bass** 38,253 79,379 52,343 37,806   207,781 1,001,177 ww MRFSS 21

Mackerel

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: March 1 - February 28

Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
King Mackerel 286,598 457,339 782,575 121,369   1,647,881 6,580,000 ww MRFSS 15
Spanish Mackerel 55,712 230,642 227,330 120,348 634,035 2,727,000 ww MRIP 23

Yellowtail Snapper

2016-2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: August 1 - July 31

Species Complex Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul Total Reported 2016-2017 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper 60,291 94,766 59,671 246,687 58,045  127,733 56,447 703,640 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 49

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: August 1 - July 31

Species Complex Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper 48,608 64,847 113,455 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 8



*MRIP or MRIP calibrated to MRFSS and headboat landings are available for waves 1 through 4.

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

*** The fishing season for Yellowtail snapper was modified in Regulatory Amendment 25, which took effect on August 12, 2016. Final landings for 2016 will be coming soon.

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

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight