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Recreational Closure for Golden Tilefish in South Atlantic Federal Waters on July 17, 2023

July 12, 2023

FB23-044: South Atlantic Fishery Bulletin; For more information, contact: Mary Vara, mary.vara@noaa.gov, Sustainable Fisheries (727) 824-5305


The 2023 recreational harvest of golden tilefish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., (local time), on July 17, 2023.


Why This Closure Is Happening:

The 2023 golden tilefish recreational catch limit is 2,316 fish.  Reports indicate that recreational landings have reached the 2023 recreational catch limit.  The accountability measure requires recreational harvest to close when the recreational catch limit has been reached.  This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish population.


During The Closure:

  • The bag and possession limits for golden tilefish in or from South Atlantic federal waters are zero.
  • Recreational harvest for the 2024 fishing year in South Atlantic federal waters will open at 12:01 a.m., (local time,) on January 1, 2024.


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/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=383bc195ccbeab4fd6bec1c24905df34&node=sp50.12.622.i&rgn=div6#se50.12.622_1193.

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


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 12, 2023