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 4/25/17.

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
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 Coming Soon   20,216 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =1.35  
Commercial April 24, 2017 20,216 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % =1.22
Cubera Snapper Recreational Coming Soon   142 5,065 ww 2.80  n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 142
Deep water Grouper (a) Recreational Coming Soon   239,895 1,105,000 gw 21.71  n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) April 24, 2017 239,895
Gray Snapper Recreational Coming Soon   28,131 2,420,000 ww 1.16  n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 28,131
Hogfish Recreational Coming Soon   5,337 208,000 ww 2.57  n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 5,337
Jacks Complex (c) Recreational Coming Soon   12,508 312,000 ww 4.01  n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 12,508
Lane Snapper Recreational Coming Soon   11,767 301,000 ww 3.91  n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 11,767
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
Recreational Coming Soon   5,537 166,000 ww 3.34  n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 5,537
Mutton Snapper (e) Recreational Coming Soon   22,081 203,000 ww

10.88

n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 22,081
Shallow water Grouper (f) Recreational Coming Soon   72,735 710,000 gw 10.24 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) April 24, 2017 72,735
Tilefishes (g) Recreational Coming Soon   148,658 608,000 gw 24.45 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) April 24, 2017 148,658
Vermilion Snapper (h) Recreational Coming Soon   388,683 3,420,000 ww

11.37

 n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 388,683
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 Recreational Coming Soon 54,312 901,125 ww 6.03 n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 54,312
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 Recreational Coming Soon 20,387 11,300,000 As Reported 0.18 n/a
Commercial April 24, 2017 20,387

 

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

871,600

937,453 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % = 62.50  
Commercial February 6, 2017 65,853 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % = 56.47
Cubera Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 5,871 7,392 5,065 ww 145.94 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 1,521
Deep water Grouper (a) Recreational December 31, 2016 24,682 914,647 1,105,000 gw 82.77 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 889,965
Gray Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 2,101,881 2,240,286 2,420,000 ww 92.57 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 138,405
Hogfish Recreational December 31, 2016

245,667

275,605

208,000 ww 132.50 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 29,938
Jacks Complex (c) Recreational December 31, 2016 218,056 253,081 312,000 ww 81.12 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 35,025
Lane Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 248,799 282,289 301,000 ww 93.78 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 33,490
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
Recreational December 31, 2016 26,454 79,502 166,000 ww 47.89 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 53,048
Mutton Snapper (e) Recreational December 31, 2016 3,591 82,528 203,000 ww 40.65 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 78,937
Shallow water Grouper (f) Recreational December 31, 2016 106,456 441,687 710,000 gw 62.21 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 335,231
Tilefishes (g) Recreational December 31, 2016 27,017 456,020 608,000 gw 75.00 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 429,003
Vermilion Snapper (h) Recreational December 31, 2016 1,055,148 2,632,283 3,420,000 ww 76.97 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 1,577,135
Yellowtail Snapper Recreational December 31, 2016 26,667 400,909 901,125 ww 44.49 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 374,242
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 Recreational December 31, 2016 2,376,879 3,450,186 11,300,000 As Reported

30.53

 
Commercial April 10, 2017 1,073,307

 

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