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2019 Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Specifications

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Sustainable  Fisheries Division
(978) 281 –9315
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 13, 2019

2019 Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Specifications

Effective Date: March 13, 2019

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2019 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery (Table 1). These specifications are very similar to 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 an adjusted sector quota transfer.

Table 1. Summary of 2019 Bluefish Specifications.

 

2019 Specifications (lb)

Overfishing Limit

27,972,252

Acceptable Biological Catch = Annual Catch Limit

21,814,741

Commercial Annual Catch Target (ACT)

3,708,175

Recreational ACT

18,106,565

Commercial Total Allowable Landings (TAL)

3,708,175

Recreational TAL

15,615,342

Sector Quota Transfer

3,999,185

Commercial Quota

7,709,565

Recreational Harvest Limit

11,620,566

All other management measures, including the recreational possession limit of 15 fish per person, remain unchanged. The commercial state allocations for 2019 are shown on the next page in Table 2. No states exceeded their allocated quota in 2018; therefore, no accountability measures need to be implemented for the 2019 fishing year.

 

The bluefish stock will undergo an operational assessment in 2019 that is designed to incorporate updated Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) information. The 2020 specifications will be developed using this assessment.

 

Table 2. 2019 Bluefish State Commercial Quota Allocations (lb).

State

Percent Share

Quota Allocation

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 small entity compliance guides, this bulletin complies with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement and Fairness Act of 1996.  This notice is authorized by the Regional Administrator of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Region.