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 9/18/2018.

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: September 17, 2018

Date commercial IFQ landings available through: September 18, 2018

Date recreational landings available through: Wave 2 (March/April), except vermilion snapper which also has LA Creel landings January 1 - July 29, 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 334,209 359,677 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =24.0 -
- Commercial 25,468 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % =21.7 -
Cubera Snapper - Recreational 40 1,128 5,065 ww 22.3 -
- Commercial 1,088 -
Deep water Grouper (a) - Recreational 419 694,181 1,105,000 gw 62.8 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 693,762 -
Gray Snapper - Recreational 182,613 261,363 2,420,000 ww 10.8 -
- Commercial 78,750 -
Hogfish (e)
- Recreational 70,985 77,650 219,000 ww 35.5
- Commercial 6,665 -
Jacks Complex (c) - Recreational 18,259 36,346 312,000 ww 11.6 -
- Commercial 18,087 -
Lane Snapper - Recreational 93,436 111,144 301,000 ww 36.9 -
- Commercial 17,708 -
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
- Recreational 676 72,670 166,000 ww 43.8 -
- Commercial 71,994 -
Mutton Snapper (e) - Recreational 1,174 114,041 203,000 ww 56.2

-

- Commercial 112,867 -
Shallow water Grouper (f)(e) (f) Recreational 808 134,449 710,000 gw 18.9 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 133,641 -
Tilefishes (g)(e) - Recreational 3,822 267,077 608,000 gw 45.4 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 272,255 -
Vermilion Snapper (e)
- Recreational 232,335 1,235,107 3,420,000 ww 36.1

-

- Commercial 1,002,772 -
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2019 - Recreational 211,067 1,134,121 11,300,000 As Reported 10.0 -
- Commercial 923,054 -
Yellowtail Snapper (e)
Aug 1, 2018-Jul 31, 2019 - Recreational - 43,943 901,125 ww 4.9 -
- Commercial 43,943 -
Yellowtail Snapper (e)
Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2018 - Recreational 27,403

630,505

901,125 ww 70.0 -
- Commercial 603,102 -

(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

2017 Landings (lbs) for Species with Stock ACLs

Date commercial landings available through: December 31, 2017 (updated 5/21/18)

Date commercial IFQ landings available through: December 31, 2017 (updated on 5/21/18)

Date recreational landings available through: Wave 1 (Jan/Feb) to Wave 5 (Oct/Nov) for MRFSS/MRIP and Headboat. Texas Data from January 1 to May 14, 2017. LA creel landings for vermilion snapper 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 643,048 711,562 ACT = 1,500,000 As Reported ACT % =47.4 -
- Commercial 68,514 ACL = 1,660,000 ACL % = 42.87
-
Cubera Snapper - Recreational 1,023

3,026

5,065 ww 59.7 -
- Commercial 2,003 -
Deep water Grouper (a) - Recreational 8,674 869,610 1,105,000 gw 78.7 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 860,936 -
Gray Snapper - Recreational 1,818,044 1,335,323 2,420,000 ww

80.7

-
- Commercial 136,170 -
Hogfish - Recreational 92,710 129,603 219,000 ww 49.6 -
- Commercial 15,899 -
Jacks Complex (c) - Recreational 158,378 188,580 312,000 ww 60.4 -
- Commercial 30,202 -
Lane Snapper - Recreational 471,153 512,033 301,000 ww 170.1 -
- Commercial 40,880 -
Mid-water Snapper
(d)
- Recreational 8,468 44,383 166,000 ww 26.7 -
- Commercial 35,915 -
Mutton Snapper (e) - Recreational 2,799 128,822 203,000 ww

63.5

-

- Commercial 126,023 -
Shallow water Grouper (f) Feb 1 - Mar 31 Recreational 99,189 299,198 710,000 gw 42.1 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 200,009 -
Tilefishes (g) - Recreational 412 485,307 608,000 gw 79.8 -
- Commercial IFQ (b) 484,895 -
Vermilion Snapper (h) - Recreational 1,604,161 3,222,174 3,420,000 ww 94.2

-

- Commercial 1,618,013 -
Spanish Mackerel April 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018 - Recreational 1,464,485 2,255,840 11,300,000 As Reported 20.0 -
- Commercial 791,355 -
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 101,815 676,646 901,125 ww 75.1 -
- Commercial 574,831 -

 

(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