NOAA Fisheries announces adjusted 2023 specifications for the Atlantic bluefish fishery (shown below), based on the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s recommendations and a 2022 assessment update. These specifications are largely unchanged from what was previously projected for fishing year 2023, and increase both the commercial quota and recreational harvest limit, in accordance with the rebuilding plan for the stock. However, the recreational harvest limit has been adjusted to increase less than projected to account for a 2021 recreational sector overage, and higher than expected recreational discards.
|Acceptable Biological Catch||30.62|
|Commercial Annual Catch Limit (ACL)||4.29|
|Recreational Accountability Measures||5.59|
|Commercial Total Allowable Landings (TAL)||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 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. The 2023 state quota allocations are unchanged from what was previously projected (Table 2). No states exceeded their state-allocated quota in 2021 or 2022, so no adjustments are necessary for the 2023 commercial fishery.
|State||Percent Share||Quota (pounds)|
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.