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Final Rule for 2021 Mid-Atlantic Blueline Tilefish Specifications


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Affected Species
Tilefish (Blueline Tilefish)
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Laura Hansen, (978) 281-9225


NOAA Fisheries is finalizing blueline tilefish quotas for the 2021 fishing year, which began on January 1, 2021. Approved measures include acceptable biological catch (ABC), annual catch limit (ACL), and total allowable landings (TAL) for the commercial and recreational fisheries, as recommended by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council.

In 2020, the commercial sector landed 108% of the commercial TAL. By regulation, a commercial overage is deducted from the quota the following year. As a result, the commercial quota has been adjusted because of the overage in 2020. The recreational TAL was not exceeded so the recreational quota remains status quo.

Blueline Tilefish Specifications for Fishing Year 2021



ABC – North of NC/VA line

100,520 lb

Recreational ACL 

73,380 lb

Assumed Recreational Discards

1,468 lb

Recreational TAL

71,912 lb

Commercial ACL

27,140 lb

Assumed Commercial Discards

271 lb

2020 Commercial Overage

1,965 lb

Commercial TAL

24,924 lb


All other requirements remain the same.


Federal Register

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 05/25/2021