SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
March 27, 2015
NOAA Fisheries Is Implementing Management Measures to End Overfishing of Blueline Tilefish in the South Atlantic
New Regulations, Including the Closure of the Recreational Sector, are Effective on March 30, 2015
NOAA Fisheries is implementing management measures in Amendment 32 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 32). The final rule publishes in the Federal Register, and is effective, on March 30, 2015.
Amendment 32 contains management measures that end overfishing (rate of fish removal too high) of blueline tilefish in the South Atlantic. A population assessment completed in 2013 determined that blueline tilefish is undergoing overfishing. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and NOAA Fisheries are required by law to prepare and implement a plan amendment and regulations to end overfishing by December 6, 2015.
Note that recreational harvest of blueline tilefish is scheduled to begin on May 1, 2015. However, the recreational sector will not open in 2015 if recreational landings have reached, or are projected to reach, the recreational annual catch limit. In addition, the commercial sector will close in 2015 when commercial landings reach, or are projected to reach, the commercial annual catch limit.
Amendment 32 contains the following management measures:
More information, including Amendment 32 and the Frequently Asked Questions can be found online at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/s_atl/sg/2014/am32/index.html.
This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996.
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FB15-022: NOAA Fisheries Is Implementing Management Measures to End Overfishing of Blueline Tilefish in the South Atlantic - New Regulations, Including the Closure of the Recreational Sector, are Effective on March 30, 2015