Final Rule Increases Annual Catch Limits for South Atlantic Blueline Tilefish

July 16, 2020

FB20-046: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary Vara, 727-824-5305, mary.vara@noaa.gov

KEY MESSAGE:

  • NOAA Fisheries announces a final rule for Abbreviated Framework Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, which increases the annual catch limits for South Atlantic blueline tilefish in response to the results of the latest population assessment.
  • The annual catch limits are based on acceptable biological catch recommendations from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee. 

 

WHEN RULE WILL TAKE EFFECT:

The rule will be effective on August 17, 2020.

 

SUMMARY OF CHANGES:

  • The final rule will increase the total and sector annual catch limits for blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic, as follows (in pounds whole weight).

Year

Total South Atlantic annual catch limit

Commercial annual catch limit

Recreational annual catch limit

Current

174,798

87,521

87,277

2020 until modified

233,968

117,148

116,820

 

FORMAL FEDERAL REGISTER NAME/NUMBER: 85 FR 43145, published July 16, 2020.

 

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Where can I find more information on Abbreviated Framework Amendment 3?

  • Contact NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office 

By Mail: Mary Vara

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305


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Last updated by Southeast Regional Office on July 17, 2020