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2022-23 Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Specifications

February 01, 2022

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2022 and projected 2023 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery, effective February 2, 2022.

NOAA Fisheries announces final 2022 and projected 2023 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery (shown below), based on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommendations, a 2021 assessment update, and the measures implemented by Amendment 7 to the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan. These specifications increase both the commercial quota and recreational harvest limit, in accordance with the rebuilding plan for the stock.

Comparison of Fishing Year 2021, Final 2022, and Projected 2023 Bluefish Specifications, in millions of pounds.

 

2021

2022

2023

Overfishing Limit

32.98

40.56

45.17

Acceptable Biological Catch = Annual Catch Limit (ACL)

16.28

25.26

30.62

Commercial ACL = Commercial Annual Catch Target (ACT)

2.77

3.54

4.29

Recreational ACL = Recreational ACT

13.51

21.73

26.34

Commercial Total Allowable Landings (TAL)

2.77

3.54

4.29

Recreational TAL

8.34

13.89

22.14

Sector Transfer

0

0

0

Commercial Quota

2.77

3.54

4.29

Recreational Harvest Limit

8.34

13.89

22.14

 

The final commercial fishery state allocations are based on the final coast-wide commercial quota and the phased-in changes to the allocated percentages to the states defined in the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan specified in Amendment 7. No states exceeded their state allocated quota in 2020 or 2021, so no adjustments are necessary for the 2022 commercial fishery at this time.

Final 2022 and Projected 2023 Bluefish State Commercial Quota Allocations.

 

2022

2023

State

Percent Share

Quota (pounds)

Percent Share

Quota (pounds)

Maine

0.59

20,819

0.51

21,807

New Hampshire

0.39

13,655

0.36

15,331

Massachusetts

7.20

254,748

7.69

329,578

Rhode Island

7.21

254,956

7.61

326,165

Connecticut

1.24

43,885

1.22

52,094

New York

11.72

414,693

13.06

560,031

New Jersey

14.68

519,158

14.54

623,295

Delaware

1.68

59,442

1.48

63,572

Maryland

2.85

100,698

2.69

115,409

Virginia

11.02

389,802

10.16

435,625

North Carolina

32.06

1,133,855

32.05

1,374,077

South Carolina

0.04

1,590

0.05

2,344

Georgia

0.02

805

0.04

1,544

Florida

9.31

329,137

8.55

366,585

Total

100.00

3,537,096

100.01

4,287,109

All other management measures and requirements, including the recreational daily bag limit of 3 fish per person for private anglers and 5 fish per person for for-hire (charter/party) vessels, remain unchanged.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on February 01, 2022