2016 and 2017 Gulf of Mexico Stock Annual Catch Limits Landings

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center has provided the following preliminary landings estimates for species subject to stock annual catch limits (ACLs). 

 

As of August 7, 2014, ALL dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic were required to have a federal Gulf and South Atlantic dealer permit and submit weekly, electronic reports.  Reports must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. local time, every Tuesday.  If no purchases are made, a no-purchase form must also be submitted online, once per week.  Dealers may not purchase fish if they have not submitted timely reports and will not be able to renew their permits if reports are outstanding. Dealers can apply for a permit here

Please see the Fishery Bulletin for additional information.

 

This page was updated on 6/20/17.

For a list of seasonal closures, see the Gulf of Mexico Seasons and Closures page.

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

2017 Preliminary Landings (lbs) for Species with Stock ACLs

Date commercial landings available through: June 20, 2017

Date commercial IFQ landings available through: June 20, 2017

Date recreational landings available through: Wave 1 (Jan/Feb) for MRFSS/MRIP*

*No Texas Data for 2017. Jan 1 - May 14 for LA creel landings for vermilion snapper, gag, greater amberjack, red snapper, and gray triggerfish.

Species Complex Open Season Sector Sector Total Total Reported ACL Units Percent of ACL
Cobia January 1  -

December 31
Recreational  40,503 69,795 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =4.79
Commercial 31,333 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % = 4.33
Cubera Snapper Recreational 0 445 5,065 ww 9.99
Commercial 506
Deep water Grouper (a) Recreational 438 372,751 1,105,000 gw 37.93
Commercial IFQ (b) 418,644
Gray Snapper Recreational 164,039 206,213 2,420,000 ww 8.67
Commercial 45,780
Hogfish Recreational 24,488 32,641 208,000 ww 16.02
Commercial 8,840
Jacks Complex (c) Recreational 17,929 33,480 312,000 ww 11.00
Commercial 16,376
Lane Snapper Recreational 166,419 182,897 301,000 ww 61.25
Commercial 17,947
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
Recreational 4,735 13,906 166,000 ww 8.65
Commercial 9,620
Mutton Snapper (e) Recreational 89 32,738 203,000 ww

15.77

Commercial 31,920
Shallow water Grouper (f) Recreational 2,391 107,078 710,000 gw 15.89
Commercial IFQ (b) 110,444
Tilefishes (g) Recreational 146 210,976 608,000 gw 36.80
Commercial IFQ (b) 223,571
Vermilion Snapper (h) Recreational 111,788 934,508 3,420,000 ww

28.63

Commercial 867,461
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 Recreational 58,970 426,401 901,125 ww 48.37
Commercial 376,939
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 Recreational Not available 169,294 11,300,000 As Reported 1.58
Commercial 179,030

 

2016 Preliminary Landings (lbs) for Species with Stock ACLs
Species Complex Open Season Sector Date Landing Available Through Sector Total Total Reported ACL Units Percent of ACL Stock Closure Date
Cobia January 1  -

December 31
Recreational December 31, 2016

888,898

954,751 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % = 63.65  
Commercial February 6, 2017 65,853 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % = 57.52
Cubera Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 5,911 7,432 5,065 ww 146.73 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 1,521
Deep water Grouper (a) Recreational December 31, 2016 23,848 913,813 1,105,000 gw 82.70 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 889,965
Gray Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 2,187,053 2,325,458 2,420,000 ww 96.09 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 138,405
Hogfish Recreational December 31, 2016

250,879

277,817

208,000 ww 133.57 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 29,938
Jacks Complex (c) Recreational December 31, 2016 206,726 241,751 312,000 ww 77.48 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 35,025
Lane Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 266,733 300,223 301,000 ww 99.74 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 33,490
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
Recreational December 31, 2016 28,822 81,870 166,000 ww 49.32 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 53,048
Mutton Snapper (e) Recreational December 31, 2016 3,712 82,649 203,000 ww 40.71 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 78,937
Shallow water Grouper (f) Recreational December 31, 2016 103,123 438,354 710,000 gw 61.74 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 335,231
Tilefishes (g) Recreational December 31, 2016 27,263 456,266 608,000 gw 75.04 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 429,003
Vermilion Snapper (h) Recreational December 31, 2016 1,577,600 2,599,524 3,420,000 ww 76.01 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 1,577,135
Yellowtail Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 27,148 401,390 901,125 ww 44.54 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 374,242
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 Recreational December 31, 2016 2,376,879 2,997,038 11,300,000 As Reported 26.52  
Commercial May 8, 2017 1,084,215

 

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) Deep water grouper: Warsaw, snowy, speckled hind, yellowedge

(b) The commercial sectors for deep water grouper, tilefishes, and shallow water grouper are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. Please visit: https://portal.southeast.fisheries.noaa.gov/cs/main.html# for additional information. Landings on the IFQ site are updated in real time and therefore may be more comprehensive than the table above.

(c) Jacks Complex: Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack

(d) Mid-water snapper: Silk, wenchman, blackfin, queen snapper

(e) All MRFSS mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper landings reported in Monroe County were assigned to the South Atlantic

(f)  Shallow water grouper: Black, scamp, yellowmouth, yellowfin

(g) Tilefishes: golden, goldface, and blueline

(h) Vermilion snapper landings include Louisiana landings from January to October 31, 2016.

MRIP, and MRIP converted to MRFSS, and Headboat landings are available through October 31, 2016.

 

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Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight