2017 and 2018 Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center has provided the following preliminary landings estimates for species in the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council’s area of jurisdiction subject to annual catch limits (ACLs).

Dealers in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic are 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.

Dealers reporting purchases of king mackerel landed by the gillnet sector for the Gulf Southern Zone will be required to submit forms the day after landings by 10:00 a.m., local time

This page was updated on 10/10/2018.

For a list of seasonal closures,  please visit Gulf of Mexico Seasons and Closures

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

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Preliminary 2018 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date estimated landings available through: October 9, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year
 
Fixed Closed Months Current Estimated Landings
(lb)
Units ACT
(lb)
ACT
%
ACL
(lb)
(a)
ACL
(%)
Current Status  Quota Closure
Gray Triggerfish Jan 1 - Dec 31 June 1- July 31 60,193 ww 60,900 98.8 64,100 93.9

CLOSED

10/7/18
Greater Amberjack Jan 1 - Dec 31 March 1 - May 31 330,167 ww 277,651 118.9 319,140 103.5 CLOSED 4/3/2018
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 n/a 22,266 as reported n/a n/a 70,000 31.8 OPEN  

(a) When the ACT is projected to be met, harvest is closed.  If there are overages to the ACL, the ACT is reduced the following year by the amount of the overage.

Shallow Water Grouper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Deep Water Grouper, Red Snapper and Tilefishes are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish IFQ Program. Current IFQ landings can be found at the IFQ Homepage.

2017 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date landings current as of: July 9, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year
 
Fixed Closed Months  Landings
(lb)
Units ACT
(lb)
ACT
%
ACL
(lb)
(a)
ACL
(%)
Status  Quota Closure
Gray Triggerfish (c) Jan 1 - Dec 31 June 1- July 31 62,888 ww 60,900 103.3 64,100 98.1 CLOSED 11/17/2017
Greater Amberjack (b) Jan 1 - Dec 31 March 1 - May 31 454,439 ww 394,740 115.1 464,400 97.9 CLOSED 6/20/2017
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Jan 1 - Dec 31 n/a 38,356 as reported n/a n/a 70,000 54.8 CLOSED  

(a) When the ACT is projected to be met, harvest is closed.  If there are overages to the ACL, the ACT is reduced the following year by the amount of the overage.

(b) There is a seasonal closure in effect for greater amberjack from March - May.

(c) Amendment 37 for gray triggerfish implemented a June - July commercial and recreational seasonal closure and a commercial trip limit of 12 fish.

Shallow Water Grouper, Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Deep Water Grouper, Red Snapper and Tilefishes are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish IFQ Program. Current IFQ landings can be found at the IFQ Homepage.

Preliminary 2018-2019 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings

Date estimated landings available through: October 9, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Fixed Closed Months Current Estimated Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
Current Status Quota Closure
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019 - 1,091,428 as reported 1,116,000 97.8 2,204,100 50.6 CLOSED 10/5/18

King Mackerel - Northern Zone

10/1/2018 - 9/30/2019 - 18,720 502,200 3.7 OPEN
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Hook and Line 7/1/2018 - 6/30/2019 - 5,870 585,900 1.0 OPEN
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Gill Net 1/22/19 (b) - 6/30/2019 July 1 - (b) N/A N/A N/A 585,900 - CLOSED

Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings(a)

Date estimated landings available through: September 24, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Fixed Closed Months Current Estimated Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
Current Status Quota Closure
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018 - 1,114,825 as reported 1,136,000 98.1 2,243,600 112.4 COMPLETE 10/7/2017

King Mackerel - Northern Zone

10/1/2017 - 9/30/2018 - 544,673 511,200 106.5 CLOSED
5/15/2018
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Hook and Line 7/1/2017 - 6/30/2018 - 861,899 596,400 144.5 COMPLETE 2/20/2018
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Gill Net 1/16/18 (b) - 6/30/2018 July 1 - (b) 552,775 596,400 N/A 596,400 92.7 COMPLETE

2016-2017 Commercial Gulf of Mexico Landings(a)

Date landings current as of: May 21, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Fixed Closed Months

 Landings
(lb)

Units Quota (lb) Quota % ACL
(lb)
ACL
%
Status Quota Closure
King Mackerel - Western Zone 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 - 1,159,210 as reported 1,180,000 98.2 2,330,500 97.8 COMPLETED 5/22/2017

King Mackerel - Northern Zone

10/1/2016 - 9/30/2017 - 473,282 531,000 89.1 COMPLETED
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Hook and Line 7/1/2016 - 6/30/2017 - 647,083 619,500 104.5 COMPLETED 2/25/2017
King Mackerel - Southern Zone Gill Net 1/19/17 (b) - 6/30/2017 July 1 - (b) 537,733 619,500 86.80 619,500 86.8 COMPLETED
(a) As of May 11, 2017 the King Mackerel fishery zone were redefined, and the Florida east coast subzone was removed. As such, the quota previously associated with the Florida east coast subzone was distributed to the other remaining zones. 
(b) Actual opening date is the Tuesday after MLK Day.


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Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight

 

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Source: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Quota Monitoring Program, Miami, Florida.

For additional information contact Kelli O'Donnell at 727-824-5305