NOAA Fisheries Announces Final 2021 and 2022 Golden Tilefish Specifications and Emergency Action

December 18, 2020

NOAA Fisheries is implementing final 2021 and 2022 specifications and emergency action for the mid-Atlantic golden tilefish fishery

NOAA Fisheries announces final quota specifications for the 2021 mid-Atlantic golden tilefish fishery and projected specifications for 2022. These catch limits are mostly status quo, with only a slight change in the final incidental quota to account for updated discard estimates.

Golden Tilefish Specifications

 

2021

Projected 2022

 

million lb

mt

million lb

mt

ABC

1.636

742

1.636

742

ACL

1.636

742

1.636

742

IFQ ACT

1.554

705

1.554

705

Incidental ACT

0.082

37

0.082

37

IFQ TAL

1.554

705

1.554

705

Incidental TAL

0.070

32

0.070

32

ABC=Acceptable Biological Catch, ACL=Annual Catch Limit, ACT=Annual Catch Target, TAL=Total Allowable Landings

Additionally, we are implementing the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s request for emergency action to allow a one-time 5-percent carryover of unharvested individual fishing quota (IFQ) into the 2021 fishing year. This carryover allowance will help mitigate the adverse impact of regional closures of restaurants and fish markets during 2020.  We will send IFQ quota shareholders a letter indicating how much quota they may carryover.

All other management measures and requirements remain unchanged. This includes the incidental landing limit of 500 lb (whole weight) or 50 percent (by weight) of all fish being landed, including tilefish, whichever is less. The recreational trip limit of eight fish per angler is also unchanged.

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on December 18, 2020