South Atlantic Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for 2017-2018

This page was last updated on 12/3/2018.

For a list of seasonal closures, see the South Atlantic Seasonal Closures page.

To view the historical recreational landings and annual catch limits, see the historical landings page.

Preliminary 2018 Recreational Landings by

Two-month Wave will be posted when available

Fishing Year : January -December

Species Complex Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL % Current
Status
Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
14 0 48,045 319,931 367,990 661,926 ww MRIP 56    
Bar Jack 25 70 106 45 246 49,021 ww MRIP 1    
Black Grouper (a) 285 758 10,962 9,845 21,850 165,750 ww MRFSS 13  
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 0 5,359 35,175 74,530 115,064 87,277 ww MRIP 132 CLOSED Seasonal
Cobia NY to GA 0 4,319 704,143 505,676 1,214,138 620,000 as reported MRIP 196
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 221 1,820 16,713 761 19,515 38,628 ww MRIP 51
Dolphin 7,478 491,148 2,701,658 1,392,263 4,592,547 13,810,361 ww MRIP 33
Gag (a) 0 35 39,072 16,855 55,962 348,194 gw MRIP 16
Golden tilefish 909 787 12 34 1,742 2,187 numbers MRIP 80 CLOSED 8/28/18
Gray triggerfish 1,663 25,537 97,737 74,138 199,075 404,675 ww MRIP 49
Grunts (c) 13,199 87,396 74,014 177,215 351,824 618,122 ww MRIP 57
Hogfish NC-GA 0 0 73 1 74 988 numbers MRIP 7
Hogfish FLK-EFL 1 0 403 538 942 18,617 numbers MRIP 5 CLOSED Seasonal
Jacks (d) 1,459 31,964 53,222 172,632 259,277 267,799 ww MRIP 97 CLOSED 12/18/18
Mutton Snapper 7,055 6,744 17,139 23,341 54,279 121,318 numbers MRIP 45
Porgies (a)
5,112 18,081 25,115 22,901 71,209 106,914 ww MRIP 67
Red Grouper (a) 4,115 8,023 16,523 77,250 105,911 77,840 ww MRIP 136 CLOSED 12/12/18

Red Porgy

(a)

1,097 6,495 13,684 88,129 109,405 164,000 ww MRIP 67
Scamp (a)
42 515 5,153 6,738 12,448 116,369 ww MRIP 11

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

18 1,565 3,209 5,685 10,477 48,648 ww MRIP 22

Snappers

(g)

31,368 182,950 208,396 294,033 716,747 1,169,308 ww MRIP 61
Snowy grouper (a) 0 771 817 1,137 2,725 4,983 numbers MRIP 55 CLOSED

Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 4,091 29,477 78,744 142,842 255,154 406,080 ww MRIP 63
Wahoo 843 46,406 133,288 87,977 268,514 1,724,418 ww MRIP 16

Wreckfish

(a)

0 0 0 20,315 WW MRIP 0 CLOSED Seasonal
Red Snapper   x x x

***See FB18-050 for more information

x X X 0 numbers MRFSS 0

CLOSED

Seasonal
Goliath grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A

 2017 Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave

Fishing Year : January -December

Species Complex Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Total Reported ACL Units Dataset ACL % Current
Status
Closure Date
Atlantic spadefish
28 194 14,961 111,611 9,449 58 136,301 661,926 ww MRIP 21    
Bar Jack 37 34 94 9,116 8 467 9,756 49,021 ww MRIP 20    
Black Grouper (a) 67 183 10,833 9,031 52,135 14,205 86,454 165,750 ww MRFSS 52    
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 2,797 39,846 43,662 56,349 2,072 9,233 153,959 87,277 ww MRIP 176 CLOSED

 Seasonal

Cobia NY to GA 0 0 311,255 151,626 16,471 0 479,352 620,000 as reported MRIP 77 CLOSED 1/24/2017
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 4,406 829 2,955 9,265

1,973

1,246 20,674 38,628 ww MRIP 54
Dolphin 37,260 430,073 1,613,687 1,221,903 483,231 94,183 3,830,337 13,810,361 ww MRIP 28
Gag (a) 0 41,726 13,195 13,281 35,118 10,797 114,117 331,902 gw MRIP 34
Golden tilefish 372 409 9 879 77 0 1,746 3,019 numbers MRFSS 58
Gray triggerfish 25,367 55,965 113,318 142,161 76,783 35,402 448,996 404,675 ww MRIP 111
Grunts (c) 78,904 59,275 58,495 104,371 36,130 59,246 396,421 618,122 ww MRIP 64
Hogfish NC-GA 0 2 0 3 4 571 580 988 numbers MRIP 59
Hogfish FLK-EFL 3,137 10,224 4,574 12,721 443 4 31,104 15,689 numbers MRIP 198 CLOSED 8/24/2017
Jacks (d) 6,551 24,630 65,881 121,328 12,635 18,342 249,367 267,799 ww MRIP 93
Mutton Snapper 110,422 214,347 63,424 48,096 17,608 40,669 494,566 768,857 ww MRFSS 64
Porgies (a)
8,680 12,231 11,899 20,632 6,456 9,773 70,671 106,914 ww MRIP 66
Red Grouper (a) 274 2,064 41,399 14,270 6,138 32,285 96,430 436,800 ww MRFSS 22

Red Porgy

(a)

1,240 10,042 22,469 38,357 3,416 3,049 78,573 164,000 ww MRIP 48
Scamp (a)
258 331 9,694 76,417 7,010 2,486 96,196 116,369 ww MRIP 83

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

8 5 2,504 1,647 1,163 1,213 6,540 48,648 ww MRIP 13

Snappers

(g)

137,209 150,984 98,158 525,469 39,325 64,493 1,015,638 1,169,308 ww MRIP 87
Snowy grouper (a) 59 0 674 784 317 0 1,834 4,819 numbers MRIP 38 CLOSED

 Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 14,422 39,590 91,914 83,824 52,945 36,549 319,244 406,080 ww MRIP 79
Wahoo 85,382 132,647 26,510 329,063 289,568 109,192 972,362 1,724,418 ww MRIP 56

Wreckfish

(a)

0 0 0 0 0 0 0 20,710 WW MRIP 0  CLOSED  Seasonal
Red Snapper   3 0 1,171 281 4,428 8,387 14,270 29,656 numbers MRFSS 48 *See FB17-061 and FB17-071 for more information  Seasonal
Goliath grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Nassau grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Speckled hind x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A
Warsaw grouper x x x x x x x 0 ww MRFSS x CLOSED N/A

 

Note: The datasets used to monitor the recreational ACLs for some stocks were changed from MRFSS to the MRIP.  The dataset to monitor the other stocks will be changed to MRIP in future amendments.

*Red snapper recreational sector reopened for harvest in South Atlantic federal waters at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 8, 2017, and closed 12:01 a.m. (local time) on December 11, 2017.  During the three-day reopening, the recreational bag limit for red snapper was one fish per person per day with no minimum size limit. See FB17-071 for more information.

**Cobia (Georgia to New York is closed for 2017, starting January 24. Please see FB17-004 for more information.  

***Red snapper recreational sector will open for harvest in South Atlantic federal waters during 2018 for the following two weekends:

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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, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures

(b) Deepwater Complex: Yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, and blackfin snapper

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

(d) Jacks (Other Jacks Complex): Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack

(e) Porgies (Other Porgies Complex): Jolthead, knobbed, saucereye, whitebone, scup

(f) Shallow water grouper: Red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper

(g) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera

Note: The datasets used to monitor the recreational ACLs for some stocks were changed from MRFSS to the MRIP.  The dataset to monitor the other stocks will be changed to MRIP in future amendments. 

*MRIP or MRIP calibrated to MRFSS and headboat landings are available for waves 1 through 5.

 

Greater Amberjack

2018-2019 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: March 1 - February 28**

Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Greater Amberjack 77,073 273,150 116,047 466,270 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 40

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: March 1 - February 28**

Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Greater Amberjack 624,606 295,794 194,489 35,334 62,598 4,091 1,216,912 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 104 CLOSED 10/31/17


Black Sea Bass  

2018-2019 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: April 1 - March 31**

Species Complex Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Black Sea Bass 15,596 68,342 59,729 143,668 1,001,177 ww MRIP 14


2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: April 1 - March 31**

Species Complex Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Black Sea Bass 37,512 80,136 52,760 38,341 19,854 4,863  13,423 246,889 1,001,177 ww MRIP 25

Mackerel

2018-2019 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: March 1 - February 28

Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
King Mackerel 312,625 968,278 922,258 2,203,161 9,900,000 ww MRIP 22
Spanish Mackerel 44,585 322,158 257,397 624,140 2,727,000 ww MRIP 23

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: March 1 - February 28

Species Complex Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL/Quota Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
King Mackerel 283,705 476,610 799,701 143,724 232,284 29,384 1,965,408 9,900,000 ww MRIP 20
Spanish Mackerel 49,210 228,484 223,472 119,234 106,221 207 726,621 2,727,000 ww MRIP 27

Yellowtail Snapper

2017-2018 Preliminary Recreational Landings by Two-month Wave*

Season: August 1 - July 31***

Species Complex Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul Total Reported 2017-2018 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper 48,017 64,843 86,566 64,037 110,315 75,208 58,880 507,865 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 35



*MRIP or MRIP calibrated to MRFSS and headboat landings are available for waves 1 through 5.

**Fishing seasons were modified in Regulatory Amendment 14 for black sea bass and greater amberjack.

*** The fishing season for Yellowtail snapper was modified in Regulatory Amendment 25, which took effect on August 12, 2016.

For a list of seasonal closures, see the South Atlantic Seasonal Closures page.

 

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight