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

This page was last updated on 8/16/2018.

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
27 0 27 661,926 ww MRIP 0    
Bar Jack 24 68 92 49,021 ww MRIP 0    
Black Grouper (a) 218 621 839 165,750 ww MRFSS 1  
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 0 5,389 5,389 87,277 ww MRIP 6
Cobia NY to GA 0 4,299 4,299 620,000 as reported MRIP 1
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 205 1,758 1,963 38,628 ww MRIP 5
Dolphin 10,168 410,367 420,535 13,810,361 ww MRIP 3
Gag (a) 0 60 60 348,194 gw MRIP 0
Golden tilefish 909 787 1,696 2,187 numbers MRIP 78
Gray triggerfish 1,682 23,569 25,251 404,675 ww MRIP 6
Grunts (c) 13,137 101,562 114,699 618,122 ww MRIP 19
Hogfish NC-GA 0 0 0 988 numbers MRIP 0
Hogfish FLK-EFL 1 0 1 18,617 numbers MRIP 0
Jacks (d) 1,705 35,114 36,819 267,799 ww MRIP 14
Mutton Snapper 7,055 6,747 13,802 121,318 numbers MRFSS 11
Porgies (a)
5,014 17,748 22,762 106,914 ww MRIP 21
Red Grouper (a) 2,586 6,083 8,669 436,800 ww MRFSS 2

Red Porgy

(a)

941 5,638 6,579 164,000 ww MRIP 4
Scamp (a)
14 147 161 116,369 ww MRIP 0

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

20 1,512 1,532 48,648 ww MRIP 3

Snappers

(g)

51,819 188,637 240,456 1,169,308 ww MRIP 21
Snowy grouper (a) 0 771 771 4,983 numbers MRIP 15

Vermilion snapper 4,004 27,746 31,750 406,080 ww MRIP 8
Wahoo 715 40,251 40,966 1,724,418 ww MRIP 0

Wreckfish

(a)

0 0 0 20,315 WW MRIP 2  CLOSED  Seasonal
Red Snapper   x x x

***See FB18-050 for more information

x X X 0 numbers MRFSS 0

***See FB18-050 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

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 8,087 108,598 10,081 58 127,046 661,926 ww MRIP 19    
Bar Jack 37 34 94 8,186 8 422 8,781 49,021 ww MRIP 18    
Black Grouper (a) 67 183 10,833 9,031 52,135 14,205 86,454 165,750 ww MRFSS 52    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 5,781 147,174 33,117 40,968 2,080 23,474 252,594 87,277 ww MRIP 289 CLOSED

 Seasonal

Cobia NY to GA 0 0 274,332 161,288 18,812 0 454,432 620,000 as reported MRIP 73 CLOSED 1/24/2017
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 4,306 817 2,970 9,348 1,969 1,264 20,674 38,628 ww MRIP 54
Dolphin 38,456 359,674 1,596,109 1,206,962 483,711 85,819 3,770,731 13,810,361 ww MRIP 27
Gag (a) 0 41,017 13,010 13,078 34,543 10,633 112,281 331,902 gw MRIP 34
Golden tilefish 372 409 9 879 77 0 1,746 3,019 numbers MRFSS 58
Gray triggerfish 25,200 55,339 118,590 138,038 77,408 32,261 447,836 404,675 ww MRIP 111
Grunts (c) 69,505 54,986 53,529 97,182 31,943 52,953 360,098 618,122 ww MRIP 58
Hogfish NC-GA 0 2 0 3 4 571 580 988 numbers MRIP 59
Hogfish FLK-EFL 3,137 10,224 4,574 12,721 443 4 31,104 15,689 numbers MRIP 198 CLOSED 8/24/2017
Jacks (d) 6,056 23,843 63,825 114,416 12,204 17,850 238,194 267,799 ww MRIP 89
Mutton Snapper 11,422 214,347 63,424 48,096 17,608 40,669 494,566 768,857 ww MRFSS 64
Porgies (a)
8,576 12,878 11,551 19,875 6,257 9,430 68,567 106,914 ww MRIP 64
Red Grouper (a) 274 2,064 41,399 14,270 6,138 32,285 96,430 436,800 ww MRFSS 22

Red Porgy

(a)

1,243 10,075 22,529 38,494 3,416 3,056 78,813 164,000 ww MRIP 48
Scamp (a)
258 331 9,473 72,490 6,777 2,428 91,757 116,369 ww MRIP 79

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

8 5 2,473 1,638 1,163 1,206 6,493 48,648 ww MRIP 13

Snappers

(g)

137,515 130,253 100,325 473,752 39,500 64,721 946,066 1,169,308 ww MRIP 81
Snowy grouper (a) 59 0 674 784 317 0 1,834 4,819 numbers MRIP 38 CLOSED

 Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 14,297 39,365 89,982 83,756 53,712 36,167 317,279 406,080 ww MRIP 78
Wahoo 80,653 128,689 29,222 312,068 297,667 102,827 951,126 1,724,418 ww MRIP 55

Wreckfish

(a)

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20,710 WW MRIP 0  CLOSED  Seasonal
Red Snapper   3 0 1,171 281 4,428 8,387 14,270 29,656 numbers MRFSS 48 *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 reopened for harvest in South Atlantic federal waters at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 8, 2017, and closed 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017.  During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag limit for red snapper was 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.  

***Red snapper recreational sector will open for harvest in South Atlantic federal waters during 2018 for the following two weekends:

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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 4,107 1,216,928 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 29,384 1,965,408 9,900,000 ww MRIP 20
Spanish Mackerel 49,210 228,484 223,472 119,234 106,221 726,828 726,621 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 48,017 64,843 86,566 74,883 274,309 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 19



*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