Fishing Season Calendar & Closures

With 55 species to manage in just the snapper grouper complex alone, it can be difficult to keep track of when fishing is open or closed for certain species. Many species are managed using seasonal closures to protect spawning aggregations of fish. Also, when a fishery reaches the annual catch limit, the fishery will close.The charts and information below should help fishermen keep up to date on the fishing seasons and the dates when fisheries close.

Fishing Season Calendars: 

The calendars below list the fishing season for commonly caught species in the South Atlantic.

Note that the fishing season will close once a species has met the Annual Catch Limit. For up-to-date regulations, download the mobile app, Fish Rules, and visit the Regulations by Species page.

Commercial Fishing Season Calendar - Coming again soon in early January 2018

Recreational Fishing Season Calendar - Coming again soon in early January 2018


Current Fishery Closures - COMMERCIAL:

Speckled hind, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Warsaw grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Greater Amberjack, effective October 18, 2017.

Spanish Mackerel (Atlantic Migratory Group Spanish Mackerel-Northern Zone Only (NC-NY), effective November 7, 2017.

Red Snapper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Shallow-water Grouper Complex, closed effective January 1, 2018.

Red Porgy, closed effective January 1, 2018

Wreckfish, closed effective January 15, 2018.

 

Current Fishery Closures - RECREATIONAL:

Wreckfish, recreational harvest is prohibited during January 1-June 30, and September 1-December 31 of each year.

Red snapper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Speckled hind, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Warsaw grouper, no possession or harvest is allowed.

Hogfish (in FL Keys and E FL), effective August 24, 2017.

Snowy Grouper, effective September 1, 2017

Blueline Tilefish, effective September 1, 2017

Greater Amberjack, effective October 31, 2o17

Shallow-water Grouper Complex, closed effective January 1, 2018.


Keep up-to-date on the latest Fishery Bulletins and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) for species managed by the Council!

Visit the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office websites for: