South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

This page was last updated on 11/2/2017.

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

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
15 120 13,007 13,142 661,926 ww MRIP 2    
Bar Jack 220 198 544 962 49,021 ww MRIP 2    
Black Grouper (a) 83 174 12,229 12,486 165,750 ww MRFSS 8    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 6,901 194,539 38,313 239,753 87,277 ww MRIP 275 CLOSED

Seasonal

Cobia NY to GA 0 0 303,955 303,955 620,000 as reported MRIP 49 CLOSED 1/24/2017
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 3,942 824 2,789 7,555 38,628 ww MRIP 20
Dolphin 37,911 360,138 1,508,136 1,906,185 13,810,361 ww MRIP 14
Gag (a) 0 39,980 13,225 53,205 331,902 gw MRIP 16
Golden tilefish 386 429 9 824 3,019 numbers MRFSS 27
Gray triggerfish 25,672 55,873 111,632 193,177 404,675 ww MRIP 48
Grunts (c) 73,702 74,236 58,873 206,811 618,122 ww MRIP 33
Hogfish NC-GA 0 2 0 2 988 ww MRIP 0
Hogfish FLK-EFL 3,065 10,943 4,387 18,395 15,689 ww MRIP 117 CLOSED 8/24/2017
Jacks (d) 5,855 28,343 85,335 119,533 267,799 ww MRIP 45
Mutton Snapper 130,618 197,300 50,824 378,742 768,857 ww MRFSS 49
Porgies (a)
8,639 12,729 11,291 32,659 106,914 ww MRIP 31
Red Grouper (a) 194 1,825 38,868 40,887 436,800 ww MRFSS 9
Red Porgy (a) 1,079 8,523 18,632 28,234 48,648 ww MRIP 17
Scamp (a)
239 285 7,865 8,389 1,169,308 ww MRIP 7
Shallow water grouper (a)(f) 7 13 2,170 2,190 48,648 ww MRIP 5
Snappers (g) 158,381 144,999 128,027 431,407 1,169,308 ww MRIP 37
Snowy grouper (a) 59 0 651 710 4,819 ww MRIP 15 CLOSED

Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 13,515 39,062 86,781 139,358 406,080 ww MRIP 34
Wahoo 63,654 103,057 23,921 190,632 1,724,418 ww MRIP 11
Wreckfish (a) 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 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 open for harvest on weekends only (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) on the following days:

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

 

Final 2016 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
7 39 661 15,929 10,918 37 27,591 661,926 ww MRIP 4    
Bar Jack 20 1,157 295 507 3, 3 2,005 49,021 ww MRIP 4    
Black Grouper (a) 0 584 84,107 24,247 3,352 4,257 116,547 165,750 ww MRFSS 70    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 5,975 2,840 15,672 147,408 391  0 172,286 87,277 ww MRIP 197 CLOSED  
Cobia NY to GA 51 5,137 501,500 819,315 10,494 34 1,336,531 620,000 as reported MRIP 216 CLOSED 6/20/16
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deepwater complex (b) 1,726 3,311 5,750 3,256 1,882  1,569 17,494 38,628 ww MRIP 45    
Dolphin 144,613 1,056,662 3,170,161 1,098,351 765,201 66,338 6,301,326 13,810,361 ww MRIP 46    
Gag (a) 0 0 91,976 27,638 5,448  10,800 135,862 312,351 gw MRIP 43    
Golden tilefish 959 5,052 6,960 27 12 0 13,010 3,019 numbers MRFSS 431 CLOSED 8/27/16
Gray triggerfish 22,431 38,864 77,280 73,790 39,444 141,493 393,302 404,675 ww MRIP 97    
Grunts (c) 36,269 55,661 115,051 93,014 61,775 59,077 420,847 618,122 ww MRIP 68    
Hogfish 442 53 67,730 22,362 3,625 25,176 119,388 85,355 ww MRIP 140 CLOSED 11/30/16
Jacks (d) 123,061 29,793 54,372 31,324 7,007  2,041 247,598 267,799 ww MRIP 92   8/9/16;
Reopened 12/2/16
Mutton snapper 57,561 44,642 202,623 181,937 36,562 85,155 608,480 768,857 ww MRFSS 79    
Porgies (e) 14,953 53,599 25,306 25,486 8,920  11,841 140,105 106,914 ww MRIP 131 CLOSED 9/3/16
Red Grouper (a) 1,165 12,164 57,791 43,506 15,544 25,101 155,271 436,800 ww MRFSS 36    
Red Porgy (a) 41 30,878 21,588 39,459 4,235  48,972 145,173 164,000 ww MRIP 89    
Scamp (a) 142 693 14,447 13,562 1,837  280 30,961 116,369 ww MRIP 27    
Shallow water grouper

(a) (f)
511 243 6,280 5,607 2,182  13,406 28,229 48,648 ww MRIP 58    
Snappers (g) 69,890 60,845 143,524 247,236 380,546 151,083 1,053,214 1,169,308 ww MRIP 90    
Snowy grouper  (a) 372 161 8,476 685 50  2 9,746 4,483 numbers MRIP 217 CLOSED Seasonal
Vermilion snapper 14,153 52,576 95,006 126,971 40,261 37,096 366,063 406,080 ww MRIP 90    
Wahoo 93,405 186,861 153,108 266,961 334,730 535,886 1,570,951 1,724,418 ww MRIP 91    
Wreckfish (a) 0 0 0 0 0   0 21,185 ww MRIP 0 CLOSED  
   
Red Snapper   x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
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

 

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

2016-2017 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 2016-2017 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Greater Amberjack** 199,577 499,936 453,001 74,111 9,021  16,428 1,252,074 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 107 11/30/16
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** 622,684 291,934   914,618 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 78 CLOSED 10/31/17

Black Sea Bass  

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

Season April 1 - March 31

Species Complex Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar Total Reported 2016-2017 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Black Sea Bass** 18,605 84,164 31,619 26,526 110,293  14,340 35,824
321,369 1,001,177 ww MRIP 32  
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 81,817   120,070 1,001,177 ww MRFSS 12

Mackerel

2016-2017 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 2016-2017 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
King Mackerel 366,487 556,902 289,890 349,138 217,962 172,270 1,951,649 6,580,000 ww MRFSS 30 N/A
Spanish Mackerel 57,988 233,056 166,673 189,825 304,691 11,763 963,996 2,727,000 ww MRIP 35  N/A

 

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 216,263 492,585   708,848 6,580,000 ww MRFSS 11
Spanish Mackerel 54,067 229,616 283,683 2,727,000 ww MRIP 10

Yellowtail Snapper

2016 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season : January 1 - December 31

Species Complex Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May- Jun July Aug-Dec Total Reported 2016 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper 103,001 164,131 202,511 65,045  The fishing season for yellowtail snapper was modified in Regulatory Amendment 25 See 2016-2017 landings below
1,440,990 ww MRFSS Coming soon N/A

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 59,671 246,497 57,704  127,133 646,062 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 45


*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
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