Blueline Tile Regs Are Going to Change -- For the Worse
I feel totally betrayed by the MAFMC as I have invested a significant amount time working them to ensure our regs are fair. In this year long process never once was mentioned about reduced limits and closed seasons. Not even in the draft Fishery Management Plan. They snuck in this BS at the nth hour with no input or warning to the angling public. I'll continue to fight this now with NOAA as their is no justification for this betrayal by MAFMC.
Federal Fishery Management Measures Approved for Blueline Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has approved measures to establish management of blueline tilefish in Federal waters off the Mid-Atlantic and New England coasts. The Blueline Tilefish Amendment includes a suite of measures that will incorporate blueline tilefish as a managed species in the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan.
Blueline tilefish are managed by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council from Florida to North Carolina, and there are currently no regular federal regulations north of the North Carolina/Virginia border. Last year, after catch of blueline tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic increased markedly, the Council requested that the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implement emergency measures to constrain landings of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic. These measures, which include a commercial trip limit of 275 pounds (gutted) and a recreational bag limit of 7 fish per person, are set to expire on June 3, 2016.
If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the amendment would establish a separate blueline tilefish management unit in Federal waters north of the North Carolina/Virginia border extending up to the boundary with Canada. The management objectives for blueline tilefish would be the same as for golden tilefish, with the addition that “management will reflect blueline tilefish’s susceptibility of overfishing and the need for an analytical stock assessment.”
Based on the recommendation of its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), the Council adopted an Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) of 87,031 pounds for 2017. The Council voted to allocate 73% of total allowable landings to the recreational fishery and 27% to the commercial sector. This allocation was based on the median of annual commercial-recreational catch ratios from 2009-2013.
For the commercial fishery, the Council adopted a trip limit of 300 pounds gutted weight (head and fins must be attached). In addition, the amendment would require a joint golden/blueline tilefish open access commercial permit to retain blueline tilefish, subject to the applicable trip limit. Standard reporting of catch would be required for commercial vessels and dealers landing blueline tilefish.
For the recreational fishery, the Council recommended an open season from May 1 to October 31, when blueline tilefish are available to most anglers throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Recreational bag limits would be set at 7 fish per person for inspected for-hire vessels, 5 fish per person for uninspected for-hire vessels, and 3 fish per person for private vessels. In addition, the Council recommended mandatory permitting and reporting of golden and blueline tilefish for both for-hire and private recreational fishing in order to develop better information on recreational tilefish landings in the Mid-Atlantic.
“One of the challenges with developing this amendment has been the lack of data about the abundance and historical landings of blueline tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Council Chairman Rick Robins. “As we transition from emergency management to regular management of the fishery, it will be important for us to seek continual improvement in information on the status, productivity, and catch of blueline tilefish off the Mid-Atlantic. The Council will be working to encourage progress on the research needs identified by our SSC and will also be highly engaged in developing new information through the upcoming SouthEast Data, Assessment, and Review Assessment (SEDAR) for blueline tilefish.”
The public will have an opportunity to comment on the measures recommended by the Council during the comment period associated with the NMFS proposed rule. Publication of the proposed rule is expected this summer.
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Responsible fisherman, both commercial and recreational, are willing to work with regulatory agencies to insure viable fisheries. But this kind of backdoor surprise is the reason most people don't trust the powers that be. Thanks for fighting the fight Mike.
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Shame! Every time we turn around it seems some government agency is trying to hurt the recreational fisherman.
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Originally Posted by cigar_stub
(I feel total distrust and disgust, seeing they have turned a blind eye to what has happened to the bay. And now other fisheries )
ONE keeper sized SPOT, all of last year!!
(if the lowly spot can not be managed correctly...... not to mention menhaden)
Last edited by HeyCharlie; 04-26-2016 at 10:52 AM.
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wow, 3 per Rec Angler, we often fish with just 2 of us on the boat, that's a lot of expense for 6 fish
The other thing our wondering fishery managers don't take into account is how many anglers will now start to cull out the smaller bluelines to keep their 3 big ones. Wonder how many small bluelines will now die as they get tossed back in 300 feet of water.
New TF Poster - Not a Tidal Fish Subscriber
One reason why I stopped posting my catch on Facebook. Big brother is always looking over your shoulder.
Loyal TF Poster - Not a Tidal Fish Subscriber
I don't fish for these but how in the world in this day and age do they get away with this? 3 fish vs 5 or 7, why can't I get my fair share? Why is my investment in equipment, fuel, bait, time, etc less worthy? Starting to see why Bernie Sanders has become so popular.
Originally Posted by Mike Avery
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I here ya on the Spot, so they want to limit a fish that lives 60 plus miles offshore, you can barely get there because the weather is always blowing and only a fraction of boats can make it out there. However we can gill net Hind tails off the Spot and can't keep all those stinking sandbar sharks that are out there by the tens of thousand s also eating the Spot. I've been hoping for a offshore weather window all month, not one day