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NOAA Fisheries Proposes Catch Limits for the 2016-2018 Atlantic Bluefish Fishery

March 30, 2016

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on the proposed 2016-2018 annual catch limits for Atlantic bluefish for both recreational and commercial fisheries. The proposed limits are based on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's recommendations.

The total limits for the commercial and recreational fisheries combined would be 10 percent lower than the 2015 limit (from 18.19 million lbs to 16.46 million pounds).

The proposed commercial quota is 5.48 million lbs, which is a 5 percent increase from 2015. 

The proposed recreational limit is 10.98 million lbs, which is a 15 percent decrease from 2015, but is level with the recreational fishery's actual landings.

For more information, read the proposed rule as filed in the Federal Register

Send in your comments using the online portal or by regular mail to:

John K. Bullard, Regional Administrator
National Marine Fisheries Service
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930


Please mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule for Atlantic Bluefish."

Comments are due on April 15.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or email