2017 and 2018 Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs)

This page was updated on 12/6/2018. Red snapper landings were updated on 09/25/2018.

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

Pleae noe that some species are managed under stock ACLs (one ACL for both recreational and commercial sectors). Please visit the stock ACL page for those species.

Click here to view historical recreational landings and annual catch limits

2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year January 1 - December 31

MRIP and Headboat landings are only available for January 1 to August 31, 2018. LA Creel landings are available for gag, gray triggerfish, greater amberajck and red snapper and are from Jan 1 to November 11, 2018. TXPW data for 2018 is available from January 1 to May 14, 2018.

Species Complex Fixed Closed Months
Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Current Landings ACT ACL Units Data Source ACT % ACL % Quota Closure
Gag (a) Jan 1 - May 30 13 10,650 461,211 261,476 82   733,432 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 43% 39%
Cobia East Florida -
566 13,742 47,064 263,314   324,686 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP 46%

38%

 
Gray triggerfish
(b)
Jan1 - Feb 28 & Jun 1 - July 31 6,587 148,063 204,821 81,343 0   440,814 217,100 241,200 ww MRIP 203% 183% August 17,2018
Greater amberjack
(a) (b)
SEE TABLE BELOW
Red grouper
(a)(c)

-
43,534 190,238 536,085 186,723   956,580 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP 40% 37%  
Red snapper
For Hire

Jan 1 - May 31 (d)

19,397 19,517 1,387,841 852,146   2,278,901 2,278,000 2,848,000 ww MRIP 100% 80%
Red snapper
Private


See (d) below

  3,108,000 3,885,000 ww
Goliath grouper Closed to
Rec.
Harvest
x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a

(a) Gag, red grouper, and greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.
(b) Gray triggerish and greater amberjack opened January 1, 2018. Gray triggerfish closed 12:01 a.m. January 16, 2018, and reopened March 1, 2018. Greater amberjack closed 12:01 a.m. January 27, 2018, NOAA Fisheries published a Fishery Bulletin announcing the opening dates.
(c) This closure occurs Feb 1 - Mar 31 for all shallow water grouper (red grouper, black grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, and yellowfin grouper) in the portion of the Gulf EEZ seaward of coordinates defined in the Federal regulations at paragraph (d) of  § 622.34, Seasonal and area closures designed to protect Gulf reef fish.  These coordinates approximate the 20-fathom depth contour.
(d) Total red snapper recreational ACL is 6,733,000.  Please see fishery bulletin FB18-026. Under state management through exempted fishing permits for 2018 and 2019. For current landings click here.

2017 Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave*
Fishing Year January 1 - December 31

Species Complex Fixed Closed Months
Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Current Landings ACT ACL Units Data Source ACT % ACL % Quota Closure
Gag (a) Jan 1 - May 30  388 43,836 261,238 64,509 36,503 426,486 832,960 1,708,000 1,903,000 gw MRIP 49 44
Cobia East Florida -
19,433 84,657 92,736 43,811 17,513 38,847 297,007 710,000 860,000 as reported MRIP  42  35  
Gray triggerfish
(b)

Jun 1 - July 31
99  1,099 7,176  189  51,086  3,082 62,731 25,559 49,759 ww MRFSS  245  126

1/1/17

Greater amberjack
(a) (b)

Jun 1 - July 31
421,252 326,545 36,458 9,605  287 55 794,202 385,413 548,641 ww MRIP  206 145

3/24/17

Red grouper
(c)

-
56,290 32,232  202,933 290,547  22,303 202,780 
807,085 2,370,000 2,580,000 gw MRIP  34 31  
Red snapper
For Hire
(d)(e)

Jan 1 - May 31
& July 20 - Dec 31

31,045 5,670 1,635,574 600,167 93
0
2,272,549 2,278,000 2,848,000 ww (e)  100 80
7/20/17
Red snapper
Private
(d)(e)

See (f) below

157,522 175,764  3,464,320 2,303,786 488,718  111 6,590,221 3,004,075 3,755,094 ww (e)  219 176 6/4/17
Goliath grouper Closed to
Rec.
Harvest
x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0   ww MRFSS x   n/a

 

*MRIP and Headboat landings are only available for January 1 to August 31, 2018. LA Creel landings are available for gag, gray triggerfish, greater amberajck and red snapper and are from Jan 1 to November 11, 2018. TXPW data for 2018 is available from January 1 to May 14, 2018.   

(a) Gag and greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.

(b) Gray triggerfish and greater amberjack were closed when the ACT was met. Please see FB16-076 for more information on the 2017 gray triggerfish closure, and FB17-016 for more information on the payback for the 2017 greater amberjack fishing season. Additionally, when these two stocks exceed their ACLs they have a payback the following year. For 2017, Gray triggerfish ACL was adjusted from 241,200 to 49,759 and the ACT was adjusted from 177,123 to 25,559. For 2017, greater amberjack ACL was adjusted from 1,255,600 to 548,641 and the ACT was adjusted from 1,034,442 to 385,413.

(c) This closure occurs Feb 1 - Mar 31 for all shallow water grouper (red grouper, black grouper, yellowmouth grouper, scamp, and yellowfin grouper) in the portion of the Gulf EEZ seaward of coordinates defined in the Federal regulations at paragraph (d) of  § 622.34, Seasonal and area closures designed to protect Gulf reef fish.  These coordinates approximate the 20-fathom depth contour.

(d) Red snapper had a payback in the 2017 fishing season due to exceeding the total recreational quota in the 2016 fishing season. The ACL and ACT are shown adjusted accordingly. Charter landings outside the federal season are included against the Private angler component quota.

(e) The ACL for red snapper private and for-hire is a combine 6,603,094.

(f) The 2017 Federal recreational season for red snapper by the private angling sector in the Gulf of Mexico is June 1-3.
Then beginning June 16th through September 4, 2017 (Labor Day), the season is:


King Mackerel

2016-2017 Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year July 1 - June 30
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Total Current Landings
ACL Units Data Source
ACL% Quota Closure
King Mackerel -
672.077 443,434 277,106 136,308 589,821 
496,241 
2,614,987 6,260,000 as reported MRIP 42  

  

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year July 1 - June 30
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Total Current Landings ACL units Data Source ACL% Quota Closure

King
Mackerel

- 819,160 313,248 118,922 22,113 576,806 508,562 2,358,811 6,040,000 as reported MRIP 39%

 

2018-2019 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year July 1 - June 30
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Jul-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Total Current Landings
ACL Units Data Source
ACL% Quota Closure
King Mackerel -
594,620 594,620 5,920,000 as reported MRIP 10%  

Greater Amberjack

As of April 30, 2018 the recreational Greater Amberjack fishing year was modified to be August 1 through July 31 and the fixed closed season was modified to be November 1 through April 30 and June 1 through July 31. As such, the 2018 quota is distributed across the 2017-2018 fishing year, the 2019 quota is distributed across the 2018-2019 fishing year, and the 2020 and beyond quota will be distributed for each subsequent fishing year, which now begins on August 1 January landings occurred due the original January to June fixed closed season not being effective until January 27, 2018.  Therefore, greater amberjack opened on January 1, 2018 and closed at 12:01 a.m. on January 27, 2018.  Greater amberjack reopened May 1, 2018 with the effective date of the new fixed closed season. Due to these changes, the 2017-2018 fishing year will include landings from January and May only.

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year Aug 1 - July 31
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Aug

Sept-
Oct

Nov-
Dec

Jan-
Feb
Mar-
Apr
May-
Jun
Jul Total Current Landings ACT ACL units Data Source ACT
%

ACL
%

Quota Closure

Greater Amberjack (a)

Nov 1-Apr 30 & Jun 1-Jul 31 4,854 287 55 130,604 5,041 716,415 1,586 858,841 716,173 862,860 ww MRIP 120% 100% CLOSED

 

2018-2019 Preliminary Recreational Landings (lbs) by Two-month Wave
Fishing Year Aug 1 - July 31
Species Complex Fixed Closed Season Aug Sept-
Oct

Nov-
Dec

Jan-
Feb
Mar-
Apr
May-
Jun
Jul Total Current Landings ACT ACL units Data Source ACT
%

ACL
%

Quota Closure

Greater Amberjack (a)

Nov 1-Apr 30 & Jun 1-Jul 31 421,588 66,725 541 488,854 902,185 1,086,970 ww MRIP 54% 45%

 (a) Greater amberjack landings exclude Monroe County, Florida.

Please note that some species are managed under stock ACLs (one ACL for both recreational and commercial sectors).  Please visit the Stock ACL page for this information.

For a list of seasonal closures, see the Gulf of Mexico Seasons and Closures page.
 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight
Click here to view historical recreational landings and annual catch limits

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.