Bluefish Allocation Amendment

Overview

 Photo Credit: Richard Ling / www.rling.com

Photo Credit: Richard Ling / www.rling.com

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing an amendment to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states. This action may be needed to avoid overages, achieve optimum yield, prevent overfishing, and reduce the need for quota transfers off the U.S. east coast. As part of this amendment the Council and ASMFC will also be reviewing the goals and objectives of the bluefish FMP and the quota transfer processes. During the scoping process, the public will have an opportunity to propose additional issues that should be considered in this action.

Contacts

  • Matthew Seeley, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, mseeley@mafmc.org, 302-526-5262
  • Caitlin Starks, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, cstarks@asmfc.org, 703-842-0740

Action Status

June/July 2018: The Council and ASMFC have scheduled scoping hearings and will collect written comments on the range of issues and information to be considered. Click here for a schedule of hearings. View the scoping document for background information on bluefish management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment, as well as a description of the amendment process and timeline.

December 2017: The Council met jointly with the ASMFC’s Bluefish Board and voted to initiate an amendment to address bluefish allocation issues. See the Council Meeting Summary for additional details.

January 2017: Council staff is developing a scoping document and scheduling hearings. Scoping information will be posted on this page when it is available. Sign up for our email list and select either "General Council News" or "Bluefish News" to receive a notification when scoping hearings have been announced.

Documents