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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed 2019-2021 Blueline Tilefish Fishery Specifications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
November 19, 2018

Today NOAA Fisheries announced the proposed 2019-2021 quota specifications for the blueline tilefish fishery north of the Virginia/North Carolina border. The proposed total allowable landings (TAL) are 15 percent higher overall than 2018 catch limits.

The recreational fishery TAL would increase from 62,262 lb to 71,912 lb.

The commercial fishery TAL would increase from 23,263 lb to 26,869 lb.

The commercial possession limit would increase from 300 to 500 lb, and would revert to 300 lb when 70 percent of the commercial TAL is landed.

For more details, please read the proposed rule as filed in the Federal Register.

Comments on this rule must be received by 12/4/2018.

To submit comments, please use the federal e-rulemaking portal, or send comments by regular mail to Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA, 01930.

Please mark the outside of the envelope, "Comments on the Proposed Rule for Blueline Tilefish Specs."

Questions?

Fishermen: Contact Douglas Potts, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-281-9341 

Media: Contact Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175