01/05/15 – SAFMC Reminder: Check your regulations – January 1 brings changes to commercial and recreational fishing regulations in the South Atlantic

Check your Regulations - January 1, 2015 brings changes to federal fishing regulations in the South Atlantic!

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council reminds commercial and recreational fishermen about several fishery openings and closures in federal waters of the South Atlantic effective January 1, 2015.

Below is a summary of these changes to regulations. For detailed regulations information including trip limits, size limits, and bag limits, please visit the Regulations & Fish ID page of the Council's website or download the SA Fishing Regulations mobile app (see information below). 

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Commercial:

Openings: The following species REOPEN to harvest on January 1, 2015:

  • Golden tilefish
  • Gray triggerfish
  • Blueline tilefish
  • Deepwater grouper ( includes yellowedge grouper, silk snapper, misty grouper, queen snapper, sand tilefish, black snapper, and blackfin snapper)
  • Jacks complex (includes almaco jack, banded rudderfish, and lesser amberjack)
  • Snowy grouper
  • Cobia
  • Vermilion snapper
  • Snowy grouper
  • Porgy complex (includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and saucereye porgy)
  • NOTE: Species will remain open to harvest until NOAA Fisheries determines the Annual Catch Limit has been met or is projected to be met. 

Closures: The following species are CLOSED to harvest effective January 1 through April 30, 2015. These fisheries will reopen May 1, 2015.

  • Shallow water grouper, annual spawning season closure (includes includes gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, yellowmouth grouper, yellowfin grouper, graysby, and coney)
  • Red porgy

Recreational:

Openings: The following species REOPEN to harvest on January 1, 2015:

  • Snowy grouper
  • Golden tilefish
  • Gray triggerfish
  • Porgy complex (includes jolthead porgy, knobbed porgy, whitebone porgy, scup, and saucereye porgy)
  • NOTE: Species will remain open to harvest until NOAA Fisheries determines the Annual Catch Limit has been met or is projected to be met. 

Closures: The following species are CLOSED to harvest effective January 1 through April 30, 2015. These fisheries will reopen May 1, 2015.

  • Shallow water grouper, annual spawning season closure (includes includes gag, black grouper, red grouper, scamp, red hind, rock hind, yellowmouth grouper, yellowfin grouper, graysby, and coney)

NOTE: Red snapper, warsaw grouper, Nassau grouper, speckled hind, and goliath grouper remain closed to commercial and recreational harvest or possession. 


Want the latest regulations? 

Stay up to date on federal fishing regulations in the South Atlantic by downloading the Council's FREE mobile app, SA Fishing Regulations

The app is available on both Android and Apple products. Simply download, check the app for updates before heading offshore, and access the regulations while fishing.  

No cell phone service needed to access the app offshore!