South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

This page was last updated on 3/30/2017.

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

2017 Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
Jan 1-Dec 31
              661,926 ww MRIP    
Bar Jack               49,021 ww MRIP    
Black Grouper (a)               165,750 ww MRFSS   Seasonal
Blueline Tilefish  (a)               87,277 ww MRIP   Seasonal
Cobia NY to GA**   x x x x x x 620,000 as reported MRIP   CLOSED
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deepwater complex (b)               38,628 ww MRIP    
Dolphin               13,810,361 ww MRIP    
Gag (a)               331,902 gw MRIP   Seasonal
Golden tilefish               3,019 numbers MRFSS    
Gray triggerfish               404,675 ww MRIP    
Grunts (c)               618,122 ww MRIP    
Hogfish               85,355 ww MRIP    
Jacks (d)               267,799 ww MRIP    
Mutton snapper               768,857 ww MRFSS    
Porgies (e)               106,914 ww MRIP    
Red Grouper (a)               436,800 ww MRFSS   Seasonal

Red Porgy

(a)

              164,000 ww MRIP    
Scamp (a)               116,369 ww MRIP   Seasonal
Shallow water grouper

(a) (f)
              48,648 ww MRIP   Seasonal

Snappers

(g)

              1,169,308 ww MRIP    
Snowy grouper  (a)               4,819 numbers MRIP   Seasonal
Vermilion snapper               406,080 ww MRIP    
Wahoo               1,724,418 ww MRIP    

Wreckfish

(a)

              20,710 ww MRIP   Seasonal
                 
Red Snapper   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 N/A
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x N/A
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x 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.

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

 

2016 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL % Current
Status
Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
Jan 1-Dec 31
7 39 667 15,794 10,692 37 27,236 661,926 ww MRIP 4    
Bar Jack 20 1,157 290 497 3, 3 1,970 49,021 ww MRIP 4    
Black Grouper (a) 0 584 85,072 24,132 3,326 4,507 117,621 165,750 ww MRFSS 71    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 5,157 2,815 15,539 147,967 391  0 171,869 87,277 ww MRIP 197 CLOSED  
Cobia NY to GA 51 5,030 499,777 829,914 10,846 34 1,345,652 620,000 as reported MRIP 217 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 5,729 3,256 1,883  1,539 17,444 38,628 ww MRIP 45    
Dolphin 135,048 1,027,321 3,162,093 1,086,990 771,917  65,313 6,248,682 13,810,361 ww MRIP 45    
Gag (a) 0 0 90,246 27,251 5,496  10,674 133,667 312,351 gw MRIP 43    
Golden tilefish 937 4,410 6,833 27 12 0 12,219 3,019 numbers MRFSS 405 CLOSED 8/27/16
Gray triggerfish 22,091 37,974 75,945 72,725 39,296  139,135 387,166 404,675 ww MRIP 96    
Grunts (c) 25,799 43,056 82,473 68,315 51,183  50,068 320,894 618,122 ww MRIP 52    
Hogfish 435 53 66,490 21,863 3,558  24,768 117,167 85,355 ww MRIP 137 CLOSED 11/30/16
Jacks (d) 120,463 27,828 52,354 30,828 6,877  2,044 240,494 267,799 ww MRIP 90   8/9/16;
Reopened 12/2/16
Mutton snapper 59,902 43,553 210,120 196,871 36,165 80,303 626,914 768,857 ww MRFSS 82    
Porgies (e) 14,590 52,232 24,975 25,019 8,797  11,677 137,290 106,914 ww MRIP 128 CLOSED 9/3/16
Red Grouper (a) 1,144 11,962 65,018 45,555 15,356  24,212 163,247 436,800 ww MRFSS 37    
Red Porgy (a) 41 29,962 21,157 38,783 4,218  48,064 142,219 164,000 ww MRIP 87    
Scamp (a) 142 693 14,343 13,212 1,837  280 30,507 116,369 ww MRIP 26    
Shallow water grouper

(a) (f)
502 239 6,199 5,568 2,182  13,213 27,903 48,648 ww MRIP 57    
Snappers (g) 68,816 59,943 140,641 242,012 373,506  148,632 1,033,550 1,169,308 ww MRIP 88    
Snowy grouper  (a) 325 161 8,424 680 50  2 9,642 4,483 numbers MRIP 215 CLOSED Seasonal
Vermilion snapper 13,838 51,475 93,072 125,138 40,042  36,574 360,139 406,080 ww MRIP 89    
Wahoo 86,875 175,217 152,548 265,673 335,324 526,246 1,541,883 1,724,418 ww MRIP 89    
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
Closed to Rec. Harvest
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, mahogany

 

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*
Species Complex Season 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** March 1 - Feb 28** 199,577 499,936 453,001 74,111 9,021   1,235,646 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 106 11/30/16
2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season 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** March 1 - Feb 28**   1,167,837 ww MRFSS

Black Sea Bass
  
2016-2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season 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** Apr 1 - Mar 31** 18,605 84,164 31,619 26,526 110,293     271,206 1,001,177 ww MRIP 27  
2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season 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** March 1 - Feb 28**   1,001,177 ww MRFSS

Mackerel
2016-2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season 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 Mar 1 - Feb 28 366,487 556,902 289,890 349,138 217,962   1,779,379 6,580,000 ww MRFSS 24 N/A
Spanish Mackerel 57,988 233,056 166,673 186,825 304,691   952,233 2,727,000 ww MRIP 35  N/A

 

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season 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 March 1 - Feb 28   6,580,000 ww MRFSS
Spanish Mackerel 2,727,000 ww MRIP

Yellowtail Snapper

2016 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May- Jun July Aug-Dec Total Reported 2016 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper Jan-Dec 103,001 164,131 202,511 65,045  The fishing season for yellowtail snapper was modified in Regulatory Amendment 25 Final 2016 landings coming soon 1,440,990 ww MRFSS Coming soon N/A
2016-2017 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*
Species Complex Season Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul Total Reported 2016-2017 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper Aug 1-July 31*** 60,291 94,766 59,671   214,728 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 15


*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
Click here to view historical recreational landings and annual catch limits