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NOAA Fisheries Makes Changes to Simplify Administration of Golden Tilefish Fishery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 12, 2018

NOAA Fisheries is making minor modifications to improve and simplify administration of the golden tilefish fishery through Framework 2 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan.

The rule makes the following changes:

Removes the interactive voice response (IVR) reporting requirement. The information is also collected by vessel trip reports and dealer reports, making the IVR redundant;

Allows recreational golden tilefish anglers to fish with rod and reel gear only, up to five hooks per rod, and with a manual or electric reel;

Requires commercial golden tilefish to be landed with the head attached;

Limits commercial incidental landings to the lesser of 500 lb or 50 percent of the weight of all fish onboard;

Prohibits individual fishing quota (IFQ) vessels from fishing more than one IFQ allocation at a time; and

Deducts assumed discards after the overall quota is split between the IFQ and incidental fisheries during the specifications setting process.

Removal of the IVR reporting requirement is effective immediately. 

All other provisions will be effective April 12, 2018. 

The change to the specifications process will result in a small increase in each Tilefish IFQ allocation for 2018. We are issuing new Tilefish IFQ permits to each permit holder showing their revised 2018 allocation.

For more information, read the rule as filed today in the Federal Register, and the permit holder bulletin on our website.

Questions? Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, at 978-281-9175.