2018 Preliminary South Atlantic Commercial Landings
The Southeast Fisheries Science Center has provided the following preliminary landings estimates for species in the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s area of jurisdiction subject to annual catch limits (ACLs). This page includes landings for 2018 and 2017-2018 fishing years
This page was updated on: 1/29/2019
Preliminary landings are available through: 1/28/2019
- For a list of seasonal closures, please visit South Atlantic Seasons and Closures
- 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
- For current landings for the 2019 or 2018-2019 fishing years, please visit 2019 Preliminary South Atlantic Commercial Landings
- For historical landings for fishing years prior to 2018 or 2017-2018, please visit Historical landings for the South Atlantic
Preliminary Landings for Fishing Year: January 1 - December 31, 2018
|Species Complex||Estimated Landings (lb)||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Black Grouper (a)||56,704||96,844||ww||58.6||CLOSED|
|Black Sea Bass (a) (b)||282,627||755,274||ww||37.4||CLOSED|
|Blueline Tilefish||93,128||87,521||ww||106.4||CLOSED on 8/22/2018|
|Cobia (i)||52,022||50,000||as reported||104.0||CLOSED on 9/5/2018|
|Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone||Please see the Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page||CLOSED|
|Deep-water complex (c)||50,199||131,268||ww||38.2||CLOSED|
|Gag (a) (k)||227,475||335,188||gw||67.9||CLOSED|
|Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line)||73,608||78,328||gw||94.0||CLOSED on 8/14/2018|
|Golden tilefish (Longline)||241,675||234,982||gw||102.8||CLOSED on 3/25/2018|
|Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)||18,595||23,456||ww||79.3||CLOSED|
|Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida) (l)||4,559||4,524||ww||100.8||CLOSED on 11/16/2018|
|Jacks (e)||192,285||189,422||ww||101.5||CLOSED on 8/22/2018|
|Mutton snapper (a)||80,180||104,231||ww||76.9||CLOSED|
|Red Grouper (a)||41,601||61,160||ww||68.0||CLOSED|
|Red Porgy (a)||114,724||164,000||ww||70.0||CLOSED|
|Red Snapper (a)||124,558||124,815||gw||99.8||CLOSED on 11/7/2018; Reopened 12/5/18-12/15/18|
|Shallow water grouper (a) (g)||13,450||55,542||ww||24.2||CLOSED|
|Snowy grouper||149,087||144,315||gw||103.3||CLOSED on 7/24/2018|
|Species Complex||Fishing Season||Estimated Landings (lb)||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Gray triggerfish (j)||01/01/18 – 06/30/18||159,197||156,162||ww||101.9||CLOSED on 6/13/2018|
|07/01/18 – 12/31/18||163,908||156,162||ww||105.0||CLOSED on 11/6/2018|
|Vermilion snapper (j) (k) **||01/01/18 – 06/30/18||395,346||431,460**||ww||91.6**||
TRIP LIMIT REDUCTION on 4/26/2018
|07/01/18 – 12/31/18||455,223||467,574**||ww||97.4**||TRIP LIMIT REDUCTION on 10/26/2018**|
**As stated in the federal regulations, any unused portion of the quota from the January 1 through June 30 season will be added to the July 1 through December 31 quota. The new quota is used to project trip limit reductions and closures. As of 11/27/2018, there were 36,114 lbs ww unused from the January 1 through June 30 season, and were added to the July 1 through December 31 quota of 431,460 lbs ww, for a total of 467,574 lbs ww. Overall, 98.6% of the total commercial ACL (850,569/862,920 lb ww) for 2018 was reached.
Preliminary 2017-2018 Landings for Fishing Year: Varies (See Table)
|Species Complex||Fishing Year||Estimated Landings||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Greater amberjack (a)||March 1, 2017 – February 28, 2018||796,895||769,388||gw||103.6||CLOSED on 10/18/2017|
|Yellowtail snapper||August 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018||1,671,962||1,596,510||ww||104.7||CLOSED on 6/5/2018|
|Wreckfish||April 16, 2017 - January 14, 2018||confidential landings||385,985||ww||confidential landings||CLOSED|
|Species Complex||Fishing Year/Season||Estimated Landings (lb) (i)||Quota (lb) (i)||Quota %||ACL (lb) (i)||ACL %||Current Status|
|King Mackerel - Northern Zone||3/1/2017 - 2/28/2018||591,819||1,359,360||43.5||5,900,000||46.7||CLOSED|
|King Mackerel - Southern Zone- Season 1 (March 1-Sept 30)||3/1/2017 - 9/30/17||1,451,763||2,724,384||53.3||CLOSED|
|King Mackerel - Southern Zone - Season 2 (Oct 1- Feb)||10/1/2017 - 2/28/18||710,729||1,816,256||39.1||CLOSED|
|Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone**||3/1/2017 - 2/28/2018||741,803||762,670**||97.3||3,330,000||96.8||CLOSED on 11/7/2018|
|Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone**||2,480,029||2,567,330**||96.6||CLOSED|
**As stated in the federal regulations, the transfer of quota of Spanish mackerel between the northern and southern zones are allowed with the approval from the Regional Administrator of the Southeast Region, and are applicable for that fishing year only. Please see FB17-064 for more information.
(a) There is a seasonal regulation in place; For a list of seasonal closures and harvest limitations, please visit South Atlantic Seasonal Closures and Harvest Limitations
(b) The use of black sea bass pots is prohibited annually from November 1 through April 30 in a certain area.
(c) Deepwater Complex: yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, blackfin snapper
(d) Grunts: White grunt, margate, sailor's choice, tomtate
(e) Jacks: Almaco jack, banded rudderfish, lesser amberjack
(f) Porgies: Jolthead, knobbed, saucereye, whitebone, scup
(g) Shallow Water Grouper: Red hind, rock hind, coney, graysby, yellowfin grouper, yellowmouth grouper
(h) Snappers: Gray, lane, cubera
(i) Each fish is reported in the unit in which it is landed (either gutted or whole).
(j) Any remaining quota from the Jan-June quota is rolled over into the July-Dec quota.
(k) The trip limit is reduced after a percentage of the quota is reached or projected to be reached
(l) Amendment 37 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region established two populations for Hogfish in the South Atlantic: Georgia through North Carolina and Florida Keys/East Florida. The Florida Keys/East Florida population of hogfish is managed from south of Cape Sable, around the Florida Keys, to the Florida/Georgia border.
Return to the Southeast Region Annual Catch Limit Monitoring page
Source: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Quota Monitoring Program, Miami, Florida.
For additional information contact Mary Vara at 727-824-5305.