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Final Rule for the 2023 Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Specifications


Fishery Management
Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Affected Species
Atlantic Bluefish
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Cynthia Ferrio, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281-9180


NOAA Fisheries is implementing the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommended catch specifications for the 2023 bluefish fishery. These catch limits are largely unchanged from what was previously projected for fishing year 2023, with adjustments to the final recreational harvest limit to account for a 2021 recreational sector overage, and the most recent (2021) recreational discard data available. The final 2023 specifications are shown below in Table 1.

Table 1. Final Adjusted 2023 Bluefish Specifications (million lb).*
Overfishing Limit 45.17
Acceptable Biological Catch 30.62
Commercial Annual Catch Limit (ACL) 4.29
Recreational ACL 26.34
Recreational Accountability Measures 5.59
Recreational Discards 6.64
Commercial Total Allowable Landings (TAL) 4.29
Recreational TAL 14.11
Sector Transfer 0
Commercial Quota 4.29
Recreational Harvest Limit 14.11

*Specifications are derived from the ABC in metric tons (mt). When values are converted to millions of pounds the numbers may slightly shift due to rounding. The conversion factor used is 1 mt = 2204.6226 lb.

The commercial fishery state allocations for 2023 (Table 2) are unchanged from what was previously projected. No states exceeded their state-allocated quota in 2021 or 2022, so no adjustments are necessary for the 2023 commercial fishery.

Table 2. 2023 Bluefish State Commercial Quota Allocations
State Percent Share Quota (pounds)
Maine 0.51 21,807
New Hampshire 0.36 15,331
Massachusetts 7.69 329,578
Rhode Island 7.61 326,165
Connecticut 1.22 52,094
New York 13.06 560,031
New Jersey 14.54 623,295
Delaware 1.48 63,572
Maryland 2.69 115,409
Virginia 10.16 435,625
North Carolina 32.05 1,374,077
South Carolina 0.05 2,344
Georgia 0.04 1,544
Florida 8.55 366,585
Total 100.01 4,287,109

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


2023 Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Specifications

NOAA Fisheries announces final revised 2023 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery, effective January 1, 2023
December 20, 2022 -

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on 12/20/2022