Public hearings will be held after the release of the next bluefish operational assessment in 2019.
The Mid-Atlantic Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have scheduled scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Bluefish Allocation Amendment. Hearings will be held June 20 – July 16 in nine coastal states from Massachusetts to Florida. Written comments will be accepted until July 30, 2018.
NOAA Fisheries Announces the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Acceptable Biological Catch Omnibus Framework Adjustment
April 10, 2018 – The following was released by NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Office:
NOAA Fisheries announces three administrative changes to the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s processes in setting catch limits though the Acceptable Biological Catch Omnibus Framework Adjustment:
- The Council may now recommend multi-year Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) limits for Mid-Atlantic fisheries, which may bring greater stability and predictability to the fishing industry;
- The Atlantic Bluefish, Tilefish, and Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plans will now automatically incorporate the best available scientific information in calculating ABCs (as all other Mid-Atlantic management plans do) rather than requiring a separate management action to adopt them; and
- New language clarifies the process for setting ABCs for each of the four types of ABC control rules.
To get all the details on these management changes, read the final rule as filed in the Federal Register today.
- Fishing Industry Contact: Erin Wilkinson, Headquarters Office, 301-427-8561
- Media: Jennifer Goebel, Regional Office, 978-281-9175
Beginning Monday, March 12, 2018, all charter and party vessel operators holding a federal permit for species managed by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will be required to electronically submit Vessel Trip Reports for all trips carrying passengers for hire.
Mid-Atlantic Council and ASMFC Approve Annual Specifications for Summer Flounder, Scup, Black Sea Bass, and Bluefish
The Mid-Atlantic Council and the ASMFC met jointly last week in New York, NY to establish specifications for the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, and bluefish fisheries.
NOAA Fisheries has announced the following annual catch limits for the 2015 bluefish fishery:
- Commercial quota: 5.241 million lb.
- Recreational harvest limit: 12.951 million lb.
- Combined total allowable landings: 18.19 million lb.
The following summary highlights Council actions and issues considered at the Council's meeting on August 11-14, 2014 in Washington, D.C.
NOAA Fisheries has announced proposed specifications for the 2014 Atlantic bluefish fishery, including an annual catch limit, total allowable landings, a commercial quota and recreational harvest limit, and a recreational possession limit.
NOAA Fisheries has announced that all permitted vessels in the Northeast region are now authorized to participate in electronic trip reporting (eVTR).
NOAA Fisheries: Proposed changes to recreational accountability measures for some Mid-Atlantic fish species
NOAA has announced that it is proposing revisions to the accountability measures for the Atlantic mackerel, Atlantic bluefish, summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries. Public comments will be accepted on the proposed measures until October 18, 2013.
Find out what happened at the Council's most recent meeting in Eatontown, New Jersey.
At last week's meeting the Council voted on final management measures to include in the Omnibus Recreational Accountability Measure Amendment and approved the amendment to be submitted for Secretarial review. Read more...
The Northeast Regional Office of the National Marine Fisheries Service has published a draft Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 Consultation on the Continued Implementation of Management Measures for seven Northeast fisheries. Download complete PDF/print version.
This week the NOAA's Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP) announced the completion of a pilot study that tested the feasibility of using electronic logbooks to collect landings and fishing effort data. The final project report, which provides results and recommendations for future work, is now available online at www.countmyfish.noaa.gov.
Today, NOAA Fisheries announced approval of the final 2013 and 2014 catch limits for the Atlantic bluefish fishery. The Atlantic bluefish total allowable landings are 23.861 million lb for 2013 and 23.446 million lb for 2014. The 2013 catch limits go into effect on June 6. Click here for more information.
Today, NOAA Fisheries announced approval of the final 2013 and 2014 catch limits for the Atlantic bluefish fishery. The Atlantic bluefish total allowable landings are 23.861 million lb for 2013 and 23.446 million lb for 2014. The 2013 catch limits go into effect on June 6.
Click here for more information.
Next week the Council will hold five public hearings throughout the Mid-Atlantic region to gather public input on the Draft Omnibus Recreational Accountability Measure Amendment.
Feb 20, 2013
The NMFS has published a proposed rule based on the Council's recommended Recreational Harvest Limit (RHL) of 14.069 million pounds and commercial quota of 9.076 million pounds for 2013 and an RHL of 14.069 million pounds and commercial quota of 8.674 million pounds in 2014.
The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation is currently administering a voucher program for fishing vessel owners to obtain financial assistance to install one or both promising gear modifications onboard their vessels for use in small mesh fisheries (including squid, whiting, and scup) to avoid unwanted bycatch of winter flounder.