South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

Species or Species Group Commercial Seasonal Closure Recreational Seasonal Closure
Blueline Tilefish None January 1 - April 30
September 1 - December 31
Black Grouper January 1 - April 30 January 1 - April 30
Black Sea Bass Pots (a) November 1 - April 30 None
Gag January 1 - April 30 January 1 - April 30
Greater Amberjack  (b) April 1 - April 30 None
Red Grouper January 1 - April 30 January 1 - April 30
Red Porgy  (c) January 1 - April 30 None
Red Snapper CLOSED CLOSED
Scamp January 1 - April 30 January 1 - April 30
Shallow Water Grouper (d) January 1 - April 30 January 1 - April 30
Snowy Grouper None January 1 - April 30
September 1 - December 31
Wreckfish January 15 - April 15 January 1 - June 30
September 1 - December 31

 

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 Click here for commercial trip limits and recreational bag and possession limits

(a) During November 1 - April 30 of each year the use of black sea bass pots is prohibited in certain closed areas. Please see the regulations for more details.

(b) During April of each year, harvest or possession of greater amberjack is limited to 1 per person per day or 1 per person per trip, whichever is more restrictive.  However, such greater amberjack are subject to the prohibition on sale or purchase harvested from the South Atlantic EEZ or, if harvested by a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued, harvested from the South Atlantic, i.e., in state or Federal waters. Please see the regulations for more details.

(c) During January 1-April 30 of each year, harvest or possession of red porgy is limited to 3 per person per day or 3 per person per trip, whichever is more restrictive.  No person may sell or purchase a red porgy harvested from the South Atlantic EEZ or, if harvested by a vessel for which a valid Federal commercial permit for South Atlantic snapper-grouper has been issued, harvested from the South Atlantic, i.e., in state or Federal waters. Please see the regulations for more details.

(d) Shallow water grouper includes: Red hind; rock hind; coney; graysby; yellowfin grouper; and yellowmouth grouper. 

Please Note: This summary is intended to provide appropriate information to fishers about regulations and the sustainable use of marine fishery resources in the South Atlantic. This summary is for general information purposes. Fishery Regulations are subject to changes. For more information on fishery regulations consult the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 622 or the NOAA Fisheries Service Southeast Regional Office Fishery Regulation website.

This page provides only a summary of the information regarding the existing regulations. Any discrepancies between this information and the regulations as published in the Federal Register will be resolved in favor of the Federal Register.