SOUTHEAST FISHERY BULLETIN
April 2, 2015
Commercial Harvest of Blueline Tilefish in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 7, 2015
Commercial harvest of blueline tilefish in South Atlantic waters will close at 12:01 a.m. (local time) April 7, 2015. On March 30, 2015, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule which reduced the blueline tilefish annual catch limit from 112,207 pounds whole weight to 17,841 pounds whole weight. Landing reports indicate the revised catch limit has been exceeded. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016.
The operator of a vessel that has been issued a federal commercial permit for snapper-grouper and who is landing blueline tilefish for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such blueline tilefish prior to 12:01 a.m., local time, April 7, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of blueline tilefish that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time) April 7, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.
During the closure:
This closure is necessary to protect the snapper-grouper resource.
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FB15-026: Commercial Harvest of Blueline Tilefish in South Atlantic Waters Will Close on April 7, 2015