South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

This page was last updated on 6/9/2017.

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
 20           20 661,926 ww MRIP    
Bar Jack  217            217 49,021 ww MRIP    
Black Grouper (a)  73            73 165,750 ww MRFSS  
Blueline Tilefish  (a)  7,057            7,057 87,277 ww MRIP  
Cobia NY to GA** 0 0 620,000 as reported MRIP  

CLOSED

1/24/2017

Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deepwater complex (b)  3,950            3,950 38,628 ww MRIP    
Dolphin  57,478           57,478 13,810,361 ww MRIP    
Gag (a)  0           0 331,902 gw MRIP  
Golden tilefish  386            386 3,019 numbers MRFSS    
Gray triggerfish  25,224           25,224 404,675 ww MRIP    
Grunts (c) 72,722           72,722 618,122 ww MRIP 12
 
Hogfish  36           36 85,355 ww MRIP    
Jacks (d) 5,763           5,763 267,799 ww MRIP    
Mutton snapper 130,515           130,515 768,857 ww MRFSS    
Porgies (e) 8,583            8,583 106,914 ww MRIP    
Red Grouper (a)  169           169 436,800 ww MRFSS  

Red Porgy

(a)

 1,005           1,005 164,000 ww MRIP    
Scamp (a)  63           63 116,369 ww MRIP  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (f)
7            7 48,648 ww MRIP  

Snappers

(g)

197,894           197,894 1,169,308 ww MRIP    
Snowy grouper  (a)  59           59 4,819 numbers MRIP  
Vermilion snapper  13,880           13,880 406,080 ww MRIP    
Wahoo  63,656           63,656 1,724,418 ww MRIP    

Wreckfish

(a)

 0            0 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 39 661 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
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  16,960 1,252,576 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 107 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  14,340   285,545 1,001,177 ww MRIP 29  
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** April 1 - Mar 31**   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 28 366,487 556,902 289,890 349,138 217,962 172,962 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*
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 59,671 246,577   461,305 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 32


*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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