Revised 2020-2021 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications and Recreational Management Measures

June 26, 2020

NOAA Fisheries announces revised 2020 and projected 2021 specifications and recreational management measures for the Atlantic bluefish fishery.

The coastwide commercial quota is reduced to 2,766,801 pounds, and the recreational harvest limit is reduced to 9,482,082 pounds. There is no sector transfer this year because the recreational fishery is expected to fully attain its harvest limit.

This action also finalizes the interim recreational measures already in place for 2020 including a daily federal recreational bag limit of 3 fish per person for private anglers and 5 fish per person for for-hire (charter/party) vessels; no federal minimum fish size; and no federal recreational season (open all year).

Table 1 provides the revised commercial state allocations for 2020 and 2021. No states exceeded their allocated quota in 2019, so no accountability measures are implemented for the 2020 commercial fishing year.

Table 1. 2020-21 Bluefish State Commercial Quota Allocations, in pounds.

State

Percent Share

Quota Allocation

Maine

0.67

18,496

New Hampshire

0.41

11,468

Massachusetts

6.72

185,838

Rhode Island

6.81

188,366

Connecticut

1.27

35,036

New York

10.39

287,335

New Jersey

14.82

409,934

Delaware

1.88

51,966

Maryland

3.00

83,054

Virginia

11.88

328,682

North Carolina

32.06

887,058

South Carolina

0.04

974

Georgia

0.01

263

Florida

10.06

278,332

Total

100.00

2,766,801

Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on June 26, 2020