2019 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 was updated on: 2/11/2019
Preliminary landings are available through: 2/11/2019
- 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 recent landings for the 2018 or 2017-2018 fishing years, please visit 2018 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, 2019
|Species Complex||Estimated Landings (lb)||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Black Grouper (a)||0||96,844||ww||0.0||CLOSED|
|Black Sea Bass (a) (b)||35,265||755,274||ww||4.7||CLOSED|
|Cobia (i)||3,364||50,000||as reported||6.7||OPEN|
|Cobia - East Coast Florida Zone||Gulf of Mexico Commercial Landings and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) page|
|Deep-water complex (c)||3,999||131,268||ww||3.0||OPEN|
|Gag (a) (k)||0||347,301||gw||0.0||CLOSED|
|Golden tilefish (Hook-n-Line)||14,984||82,935||gw||18.1||OPEN|
|Golden tilefish (Longline)||134,980||248,805||gw||54.3||OPEN|
|Hogfish (Georgia through North Carolina) (l)||814||23,456||ww||3.5||OPEN|
|Hogfish (Florida Keys/East Florida) (l)||51||5,670||ww||0.9||OPEN|
|Mutton snapper (a)||5,995||107,981||ww||5.6||OPEN|
|Red Grouper (a)||0||66,000||ww||0.0||CLOSED|
|Red Porgy (a)||0||164,000||ww||0.0||CLOSED|
|Red Snapper (a)||0||124,815||gw||0.0||CLOSED|
|Shallow water grouper (a) (g)||34||55,542||ww||0.1||CLOSED|
|Species Complex||Fishing Season||Estimated Landings (lb)||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Gray triggerfish (j)||01/01/19 – 06/30/19||58,460||156,162||ww||37.4||OPEN|
|07/01/19 – 12/31/19||0||156,162||ww||0.0||OPEN|
|Vermilion snapper (j) (k) **||01/01/19 – 06/30/19||126,222||431,460||ww||29.3||OPEN|
|07/01/19 – 12/31/19||0||431,460||ww||0.0||OPEN|
**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.
Preliminary 2018-2019 Landings for Fishing Year: Varies (See Table)
|Species Complex||Fishing Year||Estimated Landings||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Greater amberjack (a)||3/1/2018 – 2/28/2019||637,413||769,388||gw||82.8||OPEN|
|Yellowtail snapper||8/1/2018 - 7/31/2019||801,166||1,596,510||ww||50.2||OPEN|
|Wreckfish||4/16/2018 - 1/14/2019||confidential landings||376,960||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||3/1/2018 - 2/28/2019||506,873||1,198,080||42.3||5,200,000||52.2||OPEN|
|King Mackerel - Southern Zone- Season 1 (March 1-Sept 30)||3/1/2018 - 9/30/18||1,435,552||2,401,152||59.8||CLOSED|
|King Mackerel - Southern Zone - Season 2 (Oct 1- Feb)||10/1/2018 - 2/28/19||770,470||1,600,768||48.1||OPEN - Trip Limit Increased on 2/7/2018|
|Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone||3/1/2018 - 2/28/2019||693,262||662,670||104.6||3,330,000||102.6||CLOSED on 11/4/2018|
|Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone||2,723,045||2,667,330||102.1||CLOSED|
|2,417,330*||112.6||TRIP LIMIT REDUCED 12/26/2018 and 1/27/2019; CLOSED on 2/5/2019*|
*The federal regulations state that the adjusted quota is (2,417,330 lb). When 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 lb) is reached or projected to be reached, the commercial trip limit is reduced to 1,500 lb, and to 500 lb when 100% of the adjusted quota is reached or projected to be reached. Therefore, the trip limit was reduced to 1,500 lb on 12/26/18 when 75% of the adjusted quota (1,812,998 lb) was projected to be reached, and on 1/27/19 when 100% of the adjusted quota was projected to be reached.
(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.
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.
Source: Southeast Fisheries Science Center, Quota Monitoring Program, Miami, Florida.
For additional information contact Mary Vara at 727-824-5305.
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