2020 Preliminary South Atlantic Commercial Landings
The Southeast Fisheries Science Center provides 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 preliminary landings for 2020 and the 2019-2020 fishing years, and links to other historical fishing years.
/Preliminary landings are available through: 1/8/2020
This page was updated on: 1/9/2020
- Seasonal Closures: South Atlantic Seasons and Closures
- Trip and Bag Limits: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council
- For the Most Current Federal Regulations: Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 622 - Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic
- For fishing years prior to 2020 or 2019-2020:
- For All Landings: Southeast Region Annual Catch Limit Monitoring
Preliminary Landings for Fishing Year: January 1 to December 31, 2020
**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 Landings for 2019 to 2020 Fishing Year: Season Varies (See Table)
|Species Complex||Fishing Year||Estimated Landings||ACL (lb)||Units||ACL (%)||Current Status|
|Greater amberjack (a)||March 1, 2019 – February 28, 2020||386,073||769,388||gw||50.2||OPEN|
|Yellowtail snapper||August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020||731,976||1,596,510||ww||45.8||OPEN|
|Wreckfish||April 16, 2019 - January 14, 2020||confidential landings||376,960||ww||confidential landings||OPEN|
|Species Complex||Fishing Year/Season||Estimated Landings (lb) (i)||Quota (lb) (i)||Quota %||ACL (lb) (i)||ACL %||Current Status|
|King Mackerel - Northern Zone||3/1/2019- 2/29/2020||679,064||1,082,880||62.7||4,700,000||59.7||OPEN|
|King Mackerel - Southern Zone- Season 1 (March 1-Sept 30)||3/1/2019 - 9/30/19||1,812,155||2,170,272||83.5||CLOSED - TRIP LIMIT REDUCTION on 9/1/2019|
|King Mackerel - Southern Zone - Season 2 (Oct 1- Feb)||10/1/2019 - 2/29/20||315,464||1,446,848||21.8||OPEN TRIP LIMIT INCREASE on 10/1/2019|
|Spanish Mackerel - Northern Zone||3/1/2019 - 2/29/2020||789,933||662,670||119.2||3,330,000||91.8||CLOSED on 8/24/2019|
|Spanish Mackerel - Southern Zone||2,268,164||2,667,330||85.0||OPEN|
*The adjusted quota for Spanish mackerel in the southern zone is 2,417,330 lb. The federal regulations state that 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.
(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
(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.
(m) Abbreviated Framework Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region revised the ACLs for black sea bass and vermilion snapper in response to the results of the latest stock assessments, Regulations were effective 5/9/19.
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.