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Commercial Closure for Blueline Tilefish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on September 3, 2022

August 29, 2022

FB22-054: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary Vara,, (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 September 3, 2022.  During the commercial closure, all sale or purchase of blueline tilefish is prohibited.
  • All harvest or possession of blueline tilefish in or from South Atlantic federal waters is now prohibited, as the recreational fishing season is also closed for 2022.


Why this closure is happening:

  • The current commercial catch limit is 117,148 pounds whole weight.  According to the accountability measure, harvest must close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded.


After the closure:

  • The closure applies 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.
  • The 2023 commercial fishing season for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic will open on January 1, 2023, 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

Sign Up For Text Message Alerts - Find Out About Immediate Openings and Closures


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
  • Any significant changes to fishing regulations that happen quickly


Sign up for one or more of the following groups:

  • Gulf of Mexico Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFRECFISH to 888777
  • Gulf of Mexico Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text GULFCOMMFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Recreational Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLRECFISH to 888777
  • South Atlantic Commercial Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text SATLCOMMFISH to 888777
  • Caribbean Fisheries Related Alerts
    • Text CARIBFISH to 888777


Other contacts:

Media: Allison Garrett, 727-551-5750

Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on August 29, 2022