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Commercial Closure for Blueline Tilefish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on August 2, 2023

July 28, 2023

FB23-050: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary.Vara@noaa.gov, Sustainable Fisheries, (727) 824-5305


  • The commercial harvest of blueline tilefish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., local time on August 2, 2023.  During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of blueline tilefish is prohibited, and harvest or possession of blueline tilefish in or from the South Atlantic federal waters is limited to the bag and possession limits.


Why this closure is happening:

  • The current commercial catch limit is 117,148 pounds whole weight.  NOAA Fisheries predicts this catch limit will be reached by August 2, 2023, and according to the accountability measure, harvest must close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded.


After the closure:

  • These bag and possession limits apply  in both state and federal waters for vessels that have a federal commercial or charter vessel/headboat permit for South Atlantic Snapper-Grouper, regardless of where such fish are harvested or possessed, i.e., in state or federal waters, while the recreational sector is open.  The 2024 commercial fishing season for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic will open on January 1, 2024, with a commercial catch limit of 117,148 pounds whole weight.


This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations.  Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-VI/part-622/subpart-I.

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NOAA’s Text Message Alert Program allows you to receive important fishery related alerts via text message (SMS).  Standard message & data rates may apply.  You may opt-out at any time.  Text alerts you may receive include:

  • Immediate fishery openings and closures
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Quick Glance Contact List for the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office 

Permits Mailbox: The Permits Office in St. Petersburg, Florida, now has a Permits mailbox in the front lobby (263 13th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701).  You can now drop off original permits for permit transfers.  Envelopes with information labels will be provided so that your documents can be attached to the correct application.  The mailbox will be checked daily.  For more information, contact the Permits Office at 877-376-4877. 

Media Contact: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750 

Recreational Fishing Coordinator: Sean Meehan, 727-385-5202

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on July 28, 2023