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

This page was last updated on 3/2/2018.

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  
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 87,277 ww MRIP
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
Golden tilefish 2,187 numbers MRFSS
Gray triggerfish 404,675 ww MRIP
Grunts (c) 618,122 ww MRIP
Hogfish NC-GA 988 numbers MRIP
Hogfish FLK-EFL 18,617 numbers MRIP
Jacks (d) 267,799 ww MRIP
Mutton Snapper 121,318 numbers MRFSS
Porgies (a)
106,914 ww MRIP
Red Grouper (a) 436,800 ww MRFSS

Red Porgy

(a)

164,000 ww MRIP
Scamp (a)
116,369 ww MRIP

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

48,648 ww MRIP

Snappers

(g)

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

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 58 124,919 661,926 ww MRIP 19    
Bar Jack 37 34 94 8,006 8 413 8,592 49,021 ww MRIP 18    
Black Grouper (a) 67 183 12,558 7,884 37,364 14,218 72,274 165,750 ww MRFSS 44    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 5,582 153,803 33,337 38,787 2,092 22,974 256,575 87,277 ww MRIP 294 CLOSED

Seasonal

Cobia NY to GA 0 0 283,088 157,114 16,611 0 456,813 620,000 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) 4,224 831 2,936 9,542 1,966 1,277 20,776 38,628 ww MRIP 54
Dolphin 37,374 352,515 1,501,723 1,162,370 472,393 85,048 3,611,423 13,810,361 ww MRIP 26
Gag (a) 0 40,015 12,905 12,974 34,452 10,305 110,651 331,902 gw MRIP 33
Golden tilefish 386 429 9 865 77 0 1,766 3,019 numbers MRFSS 58
Gray triggerfish 24,759 56,085 116,953 140,266 76,735 32,221 447,019 404,675 ww MRIP 110
Grunts (c) 67,761 54,403 52,911 96,792 31,797 52,186 355,850 618,122 ww MRIP 58
Hogfish NC-GA 0 2 0 3 4 534 543 988 numbers MRIP 55
Hogfish FLK-EFL 3,065 10,943 4,387 12,387 433 4 31,219 15,689 numbers MRIP 199 CLOSED 8/24/2017
Jacks (d) 5,944 23,879 62,842 113,729 12,093 17,904 236,391 267,799 ww MRIP 88
Mutton Snapper 130,376 197,304 52,813 54,300 18,101 37,588 490,482 768,857 ww MRFSS 64
Porgies (a)
8,620 12,693 11,480 19,896 6,198 9,418 68,305 106,914 ww MRIP 64
Red Grouper (a) 274 2,055 38,897 22,053 6,056 31,600 100,935 436,800 ww MRFSS 23

Red Porgy

(a)

1,232 9,913 22,654 38,540 3,415 3,024 78,778 164,000 ww MRIP 48
Scamp (a)
258 331 9,470 72,824 6,788 2,444 92,115 116,369 ww MRIP 79

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

8 5 2,450 1,632 1,163 1,209 6,467 48,648 ww MRIP 13

Snappers

(g)

133,932 128,249 98,978 467,350 38,677 64,124 931,310 1,169,308 ww MRIP 80
Snowy grouper (a) 59 0 651 747 317 0 1,774 4,819 numbers MRIP 37 CLOSED

Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 14,361 39,868 89,186 83,557 53,568 35,996 316,536 406,080 ww MRIP 78
Wahoo 77,690 126,263 29,254 290,625 294,204 100,376 918,412 1,724,418 ww MRIP 53

Wreckfish

(a)

0 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*

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
Greater Amberjack 624,606 295,794 194,489 35,334 62,598   1,212,821 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 104 CLOSED 10/31/17

Black Sea Bass  

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

Season: April 1 - March 31**

Species Complex Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Black Sea Bass 38,253 80,136 52,760 38,341 19,854   229,345 1,001,177 ww MRIP 23

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 283,705 476,610 799,701 143,724 232,284   1,936,024 10,900,000 ww MRIP 18
Spanish Mackerel 49,210 228,484 223,472 119,234 106,221 726,621 2,727,000 ww MRIP 27

Yellowtail Snapper

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 64,843 86,566 200,017 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 14



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

**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.

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

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight