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NOAA Fisheries Announces 2019 Bluefish Specifications

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 11, 2019

Today we filed a final rule approving and implementing the 2019 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council in cooperation with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission.

The final 2019 specifications are fundamentally the same as 2018, with only minor adjustments to the final commercial quota and recreational harvest limit to account for most recent full year of recreational catch data (2017), and a 4.0 million lb of quota transferred from the recreational to the commercial sector rather than 3.5 million lb in 2018.

Table 1 (below) provides the commercial fishery state allocations for 2019 based on the final 2019 coast-wide commercial quota, and the allocated percentages defined in the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan. No states exceeded their state allocated quota in 2018; therefore, no accountability measures need to be implemented for the 2019 fishing year.

Table 1. 2019 Bluefish State Commercial Quota Allocations

State

Percent Share

Quota Allocation (lb)

Maine

0.67

51,538

New Hampshire

0.41

31,956

Massachusetts

6.72

517,828

Rhode Island

6.81

524,874

Connecticut

1.27

97,626

New York

10.39

800,645

New Jersey

14.82

1,142,264

Delaware

1.88

144,801

Maryland

3.00

231,426

Virginia

11.88

915,857

North Carolina

32.06

2,471,746

South Carolina

0.04

2,714

Georgia

0.01

732

Florida

10.06

775,558

Total

100.00

7,709,565

For more details please read the rule as filed in the Federal Register and our permit holder bulletin .

Questions?

Fishermen: Contact Cynthia Ferrio, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 978-281-9180

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