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

This page was last updated on 2/28/19.

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 36,961 298,692 7,732 0 343,399 661,926 ww MRIP 52    
Bar Jack 27 74 111 51 24 0 287 49,021 ww MRIP 1    
Black Grouper (a) 287 772 10,962 9,799 1,369 101,850 125,039 165,750 ww MRFSS 75  
Blueline Tilefish  (a) 0 5,359 35,130 74,469 424 0 115,362 87,277 ww MRIP 132 CLOSED Seasonal
Cobia NY to GA 0 4,327 705,900 506,770 34,829 0 1,251,827 620,000 as reported MRIP 202
Cobia East Florida Please see the Gulf of Mexico Recreational Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACL20s) page
Deepwater complex (b) 270 1,846 16,937 855 440 800 21,148 38,628 ww MRIP 55
Dolphin 7,566 491,242 2,697,625 1,346,075 1,918,503 273,537 6,734,548 13,810,361 ww MRIP 49
Gag (a) 0 34 44,424 19,054 30,192 18,185 111,889 348,194 gw MRIP 32
Golden tilefish 909 787 12 34 1,552 231 3,525 2,187 numbers MRIP 161 CLOSED 8/28/18
Gray triggerfish 1,681 25,094 96,030 72,365 117,340 7,102 319,612 404,675 ww MRIP 79
Grunts (c) 13,205 88,552 75,292 177,643 34,284 3,926 392,902 618,122 ww MRIP 64
Hogfish NC-GA 0 0 73 1 3 0 77 988 numbers MRIP 8
Hogfish FLK-EFL 1 0 403 538 6,399 0 7,341 18,617 numbers MRIP 39 CLOSED Seasonal
Jacks (d) 1,399 32,084 52,256 169,036 23,267 1,140 279,182 267,799 ww MRIP 104 CLOSED 12/18/18
Mutton Snapper 7,055 6,744 17,138 23,361 11,905 7,465 73,668 121,318 numbers MRIP 61
Porgies (a)
4,707 16,421 22,459 21,913 16,922 2,441 84,863 106,914 ww MRIP 79
Red Grouper (a) 4,044 8,023 16,327 76,800 33,184 14,620 152,998 77,840 ww MRIP 197 CLOSED 12/12/18

Red Porgy

(a)

1,097 6,445 13,737 88,228 3,336 0 112,843 164,000 ww MRIP 69
Scamp (a)
50 573 5,169 6,769 855 0 13,416 116,369 ww MRIP 12

Shallow water grouper

(a)(f)

17 1,553 3,203 5,659 3,044 3,069 16,545 48,648 ww MRIP 34

Snappers

(g)

31,347 180,272 204,392 292,809 140,634 49,415 898,869 1,169,308 ww MRIP 77
Snowy grouper (a) 0 771 817 1,137 11 0 2,736 4,983 numbers MRIP 55 CLOSED

Seasonal

Vermilion snapper 4,092 29,416 78,698 142,810 43,080 2,952 301,048 406,080 ww MRIP 74
Wahoo 857 47,575 135,065 88,495 96,081 52,705 420,778 1,724,418 ww MRIP 24

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 76,953 272,868 114,545 13,061 73,532 550,959 1,167,837 ww MRFSS 47

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 4,060 1,216,881 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 68,169 59,577 12,940 6,015 162,297 1,001,177 ww MRIP 16


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 6,309 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 312,120 967,872 926,931 302,749 188,784 2,698,456 9,900,000 ww MRIP 27
Spanish Mackerel 52,412 330,192 263,944 285,935 103,598 1,036,081 2,727,000 ww MRIP 38

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 23,369 1,959,393 9,900,000 ww MRIP 20
Spanish Mackerel 49,210 228,484 223,472 119,234 106,221 244 726,865 2,727,000 ww MRIP 27

Yellowtail Snapper

2018-2019 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 2018-2019 ACL Units Dataset ACL % Closure Date
Yellowtail Snapper 55,941 104,917 63,810 1,440,990 ww MRFSS 16

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 75,210 58,880 507,867 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