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 3/22/17.

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   6,444 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =0.43  
Commercial March 20 2017 6,444 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % =0.39
Cubera Snapper Recreational Coming Soon   136 5,065 ww 2.69  
Commercial March 20, 2017 136
Deep water Grouper (a) Recreational Coming Soon   136,884 1,105,000 gw 12.39  
Commercial IFQ (b) March 20, 2017 136,884
Gray Snapper Recreational Coming Soon   18,464 2,420,000 ww 0.76  
Commercial March 20, 2017 18,464
Hogfish Recreational Coming Soon   4,916 208,000 ww 2.36  
Commercial March 20, 2017 4,916
Jacks Complex (c) Recreational Coming Soon   9,279 312,000 ww 2.97  
Commercial March 20, 2017 9,279
Lane Snapper Recreational Coming Soon   7,317 301,000 ww 2.43  
Commercial March 20, 2017 7,317
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
Recreational Coming Soon   4,337 166,000 ww 2.61  
Commercial March 20, 2017 4,337
Mutton Snapper (e) Recreational Coming Soon   14,992 203,000 ww 7.39  
Commercial March 20, 2017 14,992
Shallow water Grouper (f) Recreational Coming Soon   46,791 710,000 gw 6.59  
Commercial IFQ (b) March 20, 2017 46,791
Tilefishes (g) Recreational Coming Soon   65,388 608,000 gw 10.75  
Commercial IFQ (b) March 20, 2017 65,388
Vermilion Snapper (h) Recreational Coming Soon   294,323 3,420,000 ww 8.261  
Commercial March 20, 2017 294,323
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2016 - July 31, 2017 Recreational Coming Soon 57,691 901,125 ww 6.40  
Commercial March 20, 2017 57,691
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 Recreational October 31, 2016 1,376,029 2,493,526 11,300,000 As Reported 22.07
Commercial March 20, 2017 1,117,497

 

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 October 31, 2016 545,210 611,063 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % = 40.74  
Commercial February 6, 2017 65,853 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % = 36.81
Cubera Snapper Recreational October 31, 2016 5,871 7,392 5,065 ww 145.94 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 1,521
Deep water Grouper (a) Recreational October 31, 2016 19,657 909,622 1,105,000 gw 82.32 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 889,965
Gray Snapper Recreational October 31, 2016 1,561,876 1,700,281 2,420,000 ww 70.26 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 138,405
Hogfish Recreational October 31, 2016 191,134 218,072 208,000 ww 104.84 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 29,938
Jacks Complex (c) Recreational October 31, 2016 203,558 238,583 312,000 ww 76.47 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 35,025
Lane Snapper Recreational October 31, 2016 225,212 258,702 301,000 ww 85.95 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 33,490
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
Recreational October 31, 2016 25,970 79,018 166,000 ww 47.60 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 53,048
Mutton Snapper (e) Recreational October 31, 2016 3,538 82,475 203,000 ww 40.63 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 78,937
Shallow water Grouper (f) Recreational October 31, 2016 100,376 435,607 710,000 gw 61.35 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 335,231
Tilefishes (g) Recreational October 31, 2016 26,708 455,711 608,000 gw 74.95 n/a
Commercial IFQ (b) December 31, 2016 429,003
Vermilion Snapper (h) Recreational October 31, 2016 1,013,800 2,591,400 3,420,000 ww 75.77 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 1,577,160
Yellowtail Snapper Recreational October 31, 2016 15,905 390,147 901,125 ww 43.30 n/a
Commercial February 6, 2017 374,242
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017 Recreational October 31, 2016 1,376,029 2,628,722 11,300,000 As Reported 23.26  
Commercial March 13, 2017 1,252,693

 

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