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2021 Commercial Blueline Tilefish Possession Limit Reduction

September 10, 2021

Effective September 10, 2021

The commercial blueline tilefish possession limit has been reduced from 500 lb to 300 lb per trip.  Effective September 10, 2021, federally permitted vessels may not land or possess on board more than 300 lb of blueline tilefish per trip for the remainder of the 2021 fishing year (i.e., through December 31, 2021). 

This action affects federally permitted vessels fishing for blueline tilefish in the Tilefish Management Unit. This reduction is required by regulation because, as of September 3, 2021, the blueline tilefish commercial fishery was projected to reach or exceed 70 percent of the 2021 total allowable landings (TAL) of 24,924 lb.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on September 10, 2021