2017 and 2018 Gulf of Mexico Stock Annual Catch Limits Landings

The Southeast Fisheries Science Center has provided the following preliminary landings estimates for species subject to stock annual catch limits (ACLs). 

 

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 12/19/2018.

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

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 Historic Stock Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

2018 Preliminary Landings (lbs) for Species with Stock ACLs

Date commercial landings available through: December 17, 2018

Date commercial IFQ landings available through: December 17, 2018

Date recreational landings available through: Wave 4 (Jul/Aug), will become available 45 days after the end of the wave. Except vermilion snapper which also has LA Creel landings January 1 - November 11, 2018

Species Complex Fishing Year
Fixed Closed Months Sector Sector Total Total Current Estimated Landings
ACL Units Percent of ACL Quota Closure Date
Cobia January 1  -

December 31
- Recreational 684,241 715,374 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =47.7 -
- Commercial 31,133 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % =43.1 -
Cubera Snapper - Recreational 540 1,934 5,065 ww 38.2 -
- Commercial 1,394 -
Deep water Grouper (a) - Recreational 59,786 895,950 1,105,000 gw 81.1 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 836,164 -
Gray Snapper - Recreational 936,705 1,035,555 2,420,000 ww 42.8 -
- Commercial 98,850 -
Hogfish (e)
- Recreational 84,045 93,868 219,000 ww 42.9
- Commercial 9,823 -
Jacks Complex (c) - Recreational 102,778 125,598 312,000 ww 40.3 -
- Commercial 22,820 -
Lane Snapper - Recreational 246,899 272,261 301,000 ww 90.5 -
- Commercial 25,362 -
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
- Recreational 1,505 105,128 166,000 ww 63.3 -
- Commercial 103,623 -
Mutton Snapper (e) - Recreational 81,255 216,230 134,424 ww 160.9

-

- Commercial 134,975 -
Shallow water Grouper (f)(e) (f) Recreational 39,441 210,768 710,000 gw 29.7 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 171,327 -
Tilefishes (g)(e) - Recreational 16,565 383,903 608,000 gw 63.1 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 367,338 -
Vermilion Snapper (e)
- Recreational 1,419,302 2,763,453 3,420,000 ww 88.9

-

- Commercial 1,344,151 -
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019 - Recreational 1,134,202 2,127,179 11,300,000 As Reported 18.8 -
- Commercial 992,977 -
Yellowtail Snapper (e)
Aug 1, 2018-Jul 31, 2019 - Recreational 20,114 185,982 901,125 ww 20.6 -
- Commercial 165,668 -
Yellowtail Snapper (e)
Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2018 - Recreational 144,643

748,773

901,125 ww 83.1 -
- Commercial 604,130 -

(a) Deep water grouper: Warsaw, snowy, speckled hind, yellowedge

(b) The commercial sectors for deep water grouper, tilefishes, and shallow water grouper are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. Please visit: https://portal.southeast.fisheries.noaa.gov/cs/main.html# for additional information. Landings on the IFQ site are updated in real time and therefore may be more comprehensive than the table above.

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

(d) Mid-water snapper: Silk, wenchman, blackfin, queen snapper

(e) All MRFSS and MRIP mutton snapper, yellowtail snapper, hogfish, black grouper, snowy grouper, and blueline tilefish landings reported in Monroe County were assigned to the South Atlantic

(f)  The shallow water grouper (black, red, scamp, yellowmouth, yellowfin) closure occurs from Feb 1 to March 31 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.

(g) Tilefishes: golden, goldface, and blueline

Final 2017 Landings (lbs) for Species with Stock ACLs

Date commercial landings available through: December 31, 2017 (updated 12/12/18)

Date commercial IFQ landings available through: December 31, 2017 (updated on 12/12/18)

Recreational landings available for all of 2017

Species Complex Fishing Year
Fixed Closed Months Sector Sector Total

Total  Landings

ACL Units Percent of ACL Quota Closure Date
Cobia January 1  -

December 31
- Recreational 643,048 716,857 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =47.79 -
- Commercial 73,809 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % = 43.18
-
Cubera Snapper - Recreational 912

2,892

5,065 ww 57.10 -
- Commercial 1,980 -
Deep water Grouper (a) - Recreational 12,424 873,360 1,105,000 gw 79.04 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 860,936 -
Gray Snapper - Recreational 1,822,026 1,958,953 2,420,000 ww

80.95

-
- Commercial 136,927 -
Hogfish - Recreational 92,710 110,551 219,000 ww 50.48 -
- Commercial 17,841 -
Jacks Complex (c) - Recreational 177,332 207,665 312,000 ww 66.56 -
- Commercial 30,333 -
Lane Snapper - Recreational 536,396 578,815 301,000 ww 192.30 -
- Commercial 42,419 -
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
- Recreational 8,795 50,009 166,000 ww 30.13 -
- Commercial 41,214 -
Mutton Snapper (e) - Recreational 2,951 129,951 203,000 ww

64.02

-

- Commercial 127,000 -
Shallow water Grouper (f) Feb 1 - Mar 31 Recreational 115,456 315,465 710,000 gw 44.43 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 200,009 -
Tilefishes (g) - Recreational 2,755 487,650 608,000 gw 80.21 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 484,895 -
Vermilion Snapper (h) - Recreational 1,507,360 3,148,881 3,420,000 ww 92.07

-

- Commercial 1,641,521 -
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 - Recreational 2,607,122
3,693,264 11,300,000 As Reported 32.68 -
- Commercial 1,086,142 -
Yellowtail Snapper Aug 1, 2017-Jul 31, 2018 - Recreational See 2018 landings 901,125 ww -
- Commercial -
Yellowtail Snapper Aug 1, 2016 - Jul 31, 2017 - Recreational 105,113 681,450 901,125 ww 75.62 -
- Commercial 576,337 -

 

(a) Deep water grouper: Warsaw, snowy, speckled hind, yellowedge

(b) The commercial sectors for deep water grouper, tilefishes, and shallow water grouper are managed under the Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. Please visit: https://portal.southeast.fisheries.noaa.gov/cs/main.html# for additional information. Landings on the IFQ site are updated in real time and therefore may be more comprehensive than the table above.

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

(d) Mid-water snapper: Silk, wenchman, blackfin, queen snapper

(e) All MRFSS mutton snapper and yellowtail snapper landings reported in Monroe County were assigned to the South Atlantic

(f)  The shallow water grouper (black, red, scamp, yellowmouth, yellowfin) closure occurs from Feb 1 to March 31 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.

(g) Tilefishes: golden, goldface, and blueline

(h) Vermilion snapper landings include Louisiana landings from January to September 17, 2017.

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 Historic Stock Landings in the Gulf of Mexico

Definitions:
  ww = whole weight
  gw = gutted weight