Preliminary South Atlantic Commercial Landings

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

All 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.

 This page was updated on 12/18/2018.  

For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

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

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

Preliminary 2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: December 17, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2018
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
12,001 150,552 ww 8.0 OPEN  
Bar Jack 2,360 13,228 ww 17.8 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 55,235 96,844 ww

57.0

OPEN
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
263,569 755,274 ww 34.9 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish 92,416 87,521 ww 105.6 CLOSED 8/22/2018
Cobia (i) 51,848 50,000 as reported 103.7 CLOSED 9/5/2018
Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 48,239 131,268 ww 36.7 OPEN  
Dolphin 538,012 1,534,485 ww 35.1 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 219,110 335,188 gw 65.4 OPEN  
Golden crab 322,596 2,000,000 ww 16.1 OPEN  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 73,608 78,328 gw 94.0 CLOSED 8/14/2018
Golden tilefish (Longline) 241,675 234,982 gw 102.8 CLOSED 3/25/2018
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 89,363 217,903 ww 41.0
OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

17,808 23,456 ww 75.9 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 4,515 4,524 ww 99.8 CLOSED 11/16/2018
Jacks (e) 191,978 189,422 ww 101.3 CLOSED 8/22/2018
Mutton snapper (a) 79,727 104,231 ww

76.5

OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 14,692 36,348 ww 40.4 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 38,251 61,160 ww 62.5 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 110,494 164,000 ww 67.4 OPEN  
Red Snapper (a) 124,747 124,815 ww 99.9 CLOSED 

11/7/2018

Re-opened 12/5/18 through 12/15/18

Scamp (a) 104,767 219,375 ww 47.8 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
13,628 55,542 ww 24.5 OPEN  
Snappers (h)

131,621

344,575 ww 38.2 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 149,087 144,315 gw 103.3 CLOSED 7/24/18
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 43,936 70,542 ww 62.3 OPEN  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j)** January 1 -
June 30
159,197 156,162 ww 101.9 CLOSED  6/13/2018
July 1 -
December 31
163,821 156,162 104.9 CLOSED 11/6/2018
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)**
January 1 -
June 30
395,346 431,460** ww 91.6** CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction

4/26/2018

July 1 -
December 31
454,758 467,574** 97.3** OPEN

Trip Limit Reduction**

10/26/2018

**As stated in the federal regulations, any unused portion of the quota from the January 1 through June 30 season will be added to the July 1 through December 31 quota.  The new quota is used to project trip limit reductions and closures.  As of 11/27/2018, there were 36,114 lbs ww unused from the January 1 through June 30 season, and were added to the July 1 through December 31 quota of 431,460 lbs ww, for a total of 467,574 lbs ww. 

2017 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date landings current as of: November 13, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
 Status  Closure Date
2017
Atlantic spadefish

January 1 - December 31
26,923 150,552 ww 17.9 CLOSED  
Bar Jack 795 13,228 ww 6.0 CLOSED  
Black Grouper (a) 86,351 96,844 ww

89.2

CLOSED
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
332,085 755,274 ww 44.0 CLOSED  
Blueline Tilefish 85,536 87,521 ww

97.7

CLOSED

7/18/2017

Reopened 10/24/2017 - 11/1/21017

Cobia (i) 68,024 50,000 as reported

*

See note below

CLOSED

 9/5/2017

See FB17-047 for more information

Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page
Deep-water complex  (c) 46,549 131,268 ww 35.5 CLOSED  
Dolphin 653,180 1,534,485 ww 42.6 CLOSED  
Gag (a) (k) 196,293 318,231 gw 61.7 CLOSED
Golden crab 609,533 2,000,000 ww 30.5 CLOSED  
Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line) 135,471 135,324 gw 100.1 CLOSED 11/29/2017
Golden tilefish (Longline) 392,596 405,971 gw 96.7 CLOSED 5/9/2017
Goliath grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Grunts (d) 97,135 217,903 ww 38.3 CLOSED  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

25,992 23,456 ww 110.8 CLOSED
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 9,299 3,510 ww 264.9 CLOSED  8/24/2017
Jacks (e) 189,669 189,422 ww 100.1 CLOSED 8/4/2017
Mutton snapper (a) 66,774 157,743 ww 42.3 CLOSED
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 32,054 36,348 ww 88.2 CLOSED  
Red Grouper (a) 44,813 343,200 ww 13.1 CLOSED
Red Porgy (a) 126,412 164,000 ww 77.1 CLOSED  
Red Snapper (a) 78,483 124,815 ww 62.9 CLOSED See FB17-061 for more information
Scamp (a) 120,705 219,375 ww 55.0 CLOSED
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
12,685 55,542 ww 22.8 CLOSED
Snappers (h) 113,714 344,575 ww 33.0 CLOSED  
Snowy grouper 136,225 135,380 gw 100.6 CLOSED 6/22/2017
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 67,887 70,542 ww 96.2 CLOSED  
Warsaw grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Gray Triggerfish (j) January 1 -
June 30
126,389 156,162 ww 80.9 CLOSED  
July 1 -
December 31
171,721 176,440** 97.3** CLOSED 11/8/2017
Vermilion Snapper 

(j) (k)
January 1 -
June 30
377,482 431,460 ww 87.5 CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction 3/22/2017

Closed 5/17/2017

July 1 -
December 31
428,554 452,134**

94.78**

CLOSED

Trip Limit Reduction**

10/2/2017

Closed 10/17/2017

 *56.5% of the Atlantic cobia landings have been reported by dealers with federal permits. In addition, state landings that are sold to dealers without federal permits have been projected to meet the total annual catch limit by 9/5/2017.

**As stated in the federal regulations, any unused portion of the quota from the January 1 through June 30 season will be added to the July 1 through December 31 quota.  The new quota is used to project trip limit reductions and closures.  

 


Preliminary 2018-2019 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: December 17, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year Current Estimated  Landings
(lb)
ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2018-2019 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 586,866 769,388 gw 76.3 OPEN
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019 631,436 1,596,510 ww 39.6 OPEN
Wreckfish April 16, 2018 - January 14, 2019 confidential landings 385,985 ww confidential landings OPEN  

Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

ACL
(lb)
Units ACL
(%)
Current Status  Closure Date
2017-2018 Fishing Year
Greater
Amberjack (a)
March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018 796,895 769,388 gw 103.6 CLOSED 10/18/2017
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018 1,665,173 1,596,510 ww

104.3

CLOSED 6/5/2018
Wreckfish (a) April 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018 confidential landings 385,985 ww confidential landings CLOSED  

 

Preliminary 2018-2019 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: December 17, 2018
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Current Status  Closure Date

King Mackerel -
Northern Zone
(i)
March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019 341,418 As reported 1,198,080 28.5 5,200,000 38.1 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)
(i)

1,435,545 2,401,152 59.8 CLOSED

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2
(Oct-Feb)
(i)

206,651 1,600,768 12.9 OPEN
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019
693,179 As reported
 
662,670 104.6

3,330,000
71.8 CLOSED  11/4/2018
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
1,167,524** 2,667,330 63.6 OPEN  
2,417,330**
(adjusted)
70.2** Trip Limit Reduced 12/26/2018** (See below)
Preliminary 2017-2018 Commercial South Atlantic Landings
 
Species Complex Fishing Year  Landings
(lb)
Units Quota (lb) Quota (%) ACL (lb) ACL (%) Status  Closure Date

King Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)
March 1, 2017 - February 28, 2018 591,819 As reported   1,359,360 43.5 5,900,000 46.7 CLOSED  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)

(i)

1,451,763 2,724,384 53.3 CLOSED  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2

(Oct-Feb)

(i)

710,729 1,816,256 39.1 CLOSED
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018
741,803 As reported
 
762,670* 97.3

3,330,000
96.8 CLOSED 11/7/2017
Spanish Mackerel -
Southern Zone

 (i) (k)
2,480,029 2,567,330* 96.6 CLOSED  
2,417,330
(adjusted)
102.6  

 *As stated in the federal regulations, the transfer of quota of Spanish mackerel between the northern and southern zones are allowed with the approval from the Regional Administrator of the Southeast Region, and are applicable for that fishing year only.  Please see FB17-064 for more information. 

**The federal regulations state that the adjusted quota is (2,417,330 lb). When 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 lb) is reached or projected to be reached , the commercial trip limit is reduced to 1,500 lb. Therefore, the trip limit is reduced to 1,500 lb on 12/26/18 when 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 lb) is projected to be reached.

For trip and bag limits, please visit the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

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) There is a seasonal regulation in place; For a list of seasonal closures and harvest limitations, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations

(b) The use of black sea bass pots is prohibited annually from November 1 through April 30 in a certain area.

(c) Deepwater Complex: yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, blackfin snapper

(d) Grunts: White grunt, margate, sailor's choice, tomtate

(e) Jacks: Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack

(f) Porgies: Jolthead, knobbed, saucereye, whitebone, scup

(g) Shallow Water Grouper: Red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper

(h) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

(i) Each fish is reported in the unit in which it is landed (either gutted or whole).

(j) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June quota is rolled over into the July-Dec quota. 

(k) The trip limit is reduced after a percentage of the quota is reached or projected to be reached

(l) Amendment 37  to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region established two populations for Hogfish in the South Atlantic: Georgia through North Carolina and Florida Keys/East Florida.  The Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish is managed from south of Cape Sable, around the Florida Keys, to the Florida/Georgia border.

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 Mary Vara at 727-824-5305.