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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 1/29/2019.  

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: January 28, 2019
 

Species Complex Fishing Year

Current Estimated Landings
(lb)

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

January 1 - December 31
13,367 150,552 ww 8.9 OPEN  
Bar Jack 2,306 13,228 ww 17.4 OPEN  
Black Grouper (a) 56,704 96,844 ww

58.6

OPEN
Black Sea Bass

(a) (b)
282,627 755,274 ww 37.4 OPEN  
Blueline Tilefish 93,128 87,521 ww 106.4 CLOSED 8/22/2018
Cobia (i) 52,022 50,000 as reported 104.0 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) 50,199 131,268 ww 38.2 OPEN  
Dolphin 540,091 1,534,485 ww 35.2 OPEN  
Gag (a) (k) 227,475 335,188 gw 67.9 OPEN  
Golden crab 343,928 2,000,000 ww 17.2 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) 93,156 217,903 ww 42.8
OPEN  

Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)

18,595 23,456 ww 79.3 OPEN
Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida)  (l) 4,559 4,524 ww 100.8 CLOSED 11/16/2018
Jacks (e) 192,285 189,422 ww 101.5 CLOSED 8/22/2018
Mutton snapper (a) 80,180 104,231 ww

76.9

OPEN
Nassau grouper - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Porgies (f) 14,661 36,348 ww 40.3 OPEN  
Red Grouper (a) 41,601 61,160 ww 68.0 OPEN  
Red Porgy (a) 114,724 164,000 ww 70.0 OPEN  
Red Snapper (a) 124,558 124,815 ww 99.8 CLOSED 

11/7/2018

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

Scamp (a) 103,695 219,375 ww 47.3 OPEN  
Shallow water grouper

(a) (g)
13,450 55,542 ww 24.2 OPEN  
Snappers (h)

129,066

344,575 ww 37.5 OPEN  
Snowy grouper 149,087 144,315 gw 103.3 CLOSED 7/24/18
Speckled Hind - - ww - CLOSED PROHIBITED
Wahoo 50,181 70,542 ww 71.1 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
163,908 156,162 105.0 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
455,223 467,574** 97.4** 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. 


Preliminary 2018-2019 Commercial South Atlantic Landings

Date estimated landings available through: January 28, 2019

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 626,503 769,388 gw 81.4 OPEN
Yellowtail Snapper August 1, 2018 - July 31, 2019 743,828 1,596,510 ww 46.6 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: January 28, 2019
 

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 503,037 As reported 1,198,080 42.0 5,200,000 51.2 OPEN  

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 1 (March-Sept)
(i)

1,435,552 2,401,152 59.8 CLOSED

King Mackerel -
Southern Zone

Season 2
(Oct-Feb)
(i)

725,247 1,600,768 45.3 OPEN
Spanish Mackerel -
Northern Zone

(i)

March 1, 2018 – February 28, 2019
693,254 As reported
 
662,670 104.6

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

 (i) (k)
2,704,252** 2,667,330 101.4 OPEN  
2,417,330**
(adjusted)
111.9**

Trip Limit Reduced**

12/26/2018

and

1/27/2019

Closed 2/5/2019

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, and to 500 lb when 100% of the adjusted quota is reached or projected to be reached. Therefore, the trip limit was reduced to 1,500 lb on 12/26/18 when 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 lb) was projected to be reached, and on 1/27/19 when 100% of the adjusted quota was 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

View Historical Landings in the South Atlantic

 

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

For additional information contact Mary Vara at 727-824-5305.