Blueline tilefish season shortened

Season will run May 1 – July 26

NOAA Fisheries has announced the recreational sector for blueline tilefish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will open at 12:01 a.m. local time on May 1, 2022 and close at 12:01 a.m. local time on July 26, 2022.

The 2022 recreational catch limit for the blueline tilefish is 116,820 pounds whole weight. The season is typically open May 1 through Aug. 31 each year. However, if recreational landings for the species reach or are projected to reach the recreational catch limit, NOAA Fisheries will close the recreational sector for the remainder of the fishing year.

NOAA Fisheries projects the catch limit will be reached by July 26, 2022 and is closing the fishery to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded.

During the closure, the recreational bag and possession limit for blueline tilefish in or from South Atlantic federal waters is zero.

For full regulations, visit the Federal Register at www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-VI/part-622/subpart-I

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