NOAA Fisheries announces interim 2020 recreational management measures for the Atlantic bluefish fishery. These temporary measures are needed to prevent overfishing on the bluefish stock, which was declared overfished in late 2019.
The following interim regulations apply to all recreational vessels fishing for bluefish in federal waters from Maine through Florida effective February 28, 2020:
• Private Recreational Vessels – Daily bag limit of 3 fish per person.
• For-Hire Vessels (Party/Charter Permit) – Daily bag limit of 5 fish per person.
All other management measures and requirements, including minimum size and recreational seasons, remain unchanged.
Submit Your Comments by
March 30, 2020
Submit your comments either through the online e-rulemaking portal or by mailing your comments 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 Bluefish Interim Action.” Visit https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/
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