2016 and 2017 South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)

This page was last updated on 1/10/2017.

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
Yellowtail snapper               1,440,990 ww MRFSS    
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   27,199 661,926 ww MRIP 4    
Bar Jack 20 1,158 292 502 4   1,976 49,021 ww MRIP 4    
Black Grouper (a) 0 604 85,07257 24,132 3,308   113,101 165,750 ww MRFSS 68    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 5,1788 2,850 15,611 148,64 375   172,488 87,277 ww MRIP 198 CLOSED  
Cobia NY to GA 51 5,066 500,316 829,914 10,846   1,346,193 620,000 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) 1,703 3,445 5,782 3,320 1,874   16,124 38,628 ww MRIP 42    
Dolphin 138,643 1,027,316 3,166,284 1,1087,578 772,345   6,192,166 13,810,361 ww MRIP 45    
Gag (a) 0 13 93,402 27,869 5,454   126,738 312,351 gw MRIP 41    
Golden tilefish 937 4,411 6,833 27 12   12,220 3,019 numbers MRFSS 405 CLOSED 8/27/16
Gray triggerfish 22,616 38,996 77,155 73136 33,300   245,203 404,675 ww MRIP 61    
Grunts (c) 25,72148 43,047 82,405 68,350 51,142   270,692 618,122 ww MRIP 44    
Hogfish 467 867 66,510 22,703 3,683   93,430 85,355 ww MRIP 109 CLOSED 11/30/16
Jacks (d) 100,848 27,769 48,378 29,792 5,468   212,255 267,799 ww MRIP 79   8/9/16;
Reopened 12/2/16
Mutton snapper 59,889 43,809 209,584 196,2301 36,967   546,550 768,857 ww MRFSS 71    
Porgies (e) 14,624 52,304 25,091 25,308 9,673   127,000 106,914 ww MRIP 119 CLOSED 9/3/16
Red Grouper (a) 1,270 12,054 64,900 45,534 16,388   140,146 436,800 ww MRFSS 32    
Red Porgy (a) 41 29,964 21,100 37,264 4,012   92,111 164,000 ww MRIP 56    
Scamp (a) 142 700 14,356 13,227 1,825   30,250 116,369 ww MRIP 26    
Shallow water grouper

(a) (f)
501 463 5,801 5,224 2,521   14,510 48,648 ww MRIP 30    
Snappers (g) 71,189 59,470 138,980 240,254 373,541   883,434 1,169,308 ww MRIP 76    
Snowy grouper  (a) 325 164 8,424 680 49   9,642 4,483 numbers MRIP 215 CLOSED Seasonal
Vermilion snapper 13,949 52,060 93,806 125,739 39,278   324,832 406,080 ww MRIP 80    
Wahoo 86,064 173,612 151,850 264,319 334,569   1,010,415 1,724,418 ww MRIP 59    
Wreckfish (a) 0 0 0 0 0   0 21,185 ww MRIP 0 CLOSED  
Yellowtail snapper 102,974 164,125 200,489 123,557 94,715   685,860 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 48    
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** 199,073 499,805 453,010 73,860     1,225,748 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 105 11/30/16


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 84,117 31,669 25,897       160,287 1,001,177 ww MRIP 16  


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 28 367,368 556,934 290,744 348,885     1,563,932 6,580,000 ww MRFSS 24 N/A
Spanish Mackerel 51,854 231,387 165,807 186,039     635,087 2,727,000 ww MRIP 23  N/A

 


*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.

 

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

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight
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