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NOAA Fisheries Announces Proposed 2019 Bluefish Specifications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
December 21, 2018

We are proposing the Council’s recommended specifications for the 2019 bluefish fishery. These proposed catch limits are largely status quo, with only slight changes in the final commercial quota and recreational harvest limit to account for most recent (terminal year 2017) recreational catch and an adjusted sector transfer from the recreational fishery to the commercial fishery. A summary of the Council’s recommended specifications is shown below in Table 1.

Table 1. Summary of Current 2018 and Proposed 2019 Bluefish Specifications (million lb).

 

2018 (Current)

2019 (Proposed)

Overfishing Limit

27.97

27.97

ABC=ACL

21.81

21.81

Commercial ACT

3.71

3.71

Recreational ACT

18.11

18.11

Commercial TAL

3.71

3.71

Recreational TAL

15.11

15.62

Sector Transfer

3.54

4.00

Commercial Quota

7.24

7.71

Recreational Harvest Limit

11.58

11.62

Read the proposed rule as filed in the Federal Register. You may submit comments through regular mail to: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office 55 Great Republic Drive Gloucester, MA 01930

You may also submit comments through the online portal when it opens on December 26. 

The comment period is open through January 10, 2019.

Questions? 

Fishermen Contact: Cynthia Ferrio, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-281-9180 Media Contact: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175