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FB17-083
FISHERY BULLETIN ISSUE D
ATE: December 29, 2017
CONTACT: Mary Vara or Karla Gore (727) 824-5305, mary.vara@noaa.gov or karla.gore@noaa.gov

Reduction in Golden Tilefish Catch Limits in Federal Waters of the South Atlantic Region

KEY MESSAGE:

In response to a request from the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, NOAA Fisheries will publish a final interim rule on January 2, 2018, which will temporarily reduce golden tilefish catch limits for 2018 based on the most recent population assessment.  The purpose of the action is to reduce overfishing (rate of removal is too high) of golden tilefish while management measures are being developed to end overfishing.  The reductions in the catch limits are effective beginning January 2, 2018.

SUMMARY OF CHANGES:

  • The final interim rule will temporarily reduce the total catch limit for golden tilefish from 558,036 to 323,000 pounds gutted weight. Using the existing allocations, the temporary catch limits will be 313,310 pounds gutted weight for the commercial sector and 2,187 fish for the recreational sector.  For commercial fishermen, the hook-and-line catch limit will be 78,328 pounds gutted weight and the long-line catch limit will be 234,982 pounds gutted weight.
  • The interim measures will be effective for 180 days after the date of publication and may be extended for an additional 186 days while the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council develops Regulatory Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery in the South Atlantic Region (Regulatory Amendment 28).

This bulletin serves as a Small Entity Compliance Guide, complying with section 212 of the Small Business Regulatory Enforcement Fairness Act of 1996. 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)

Why is the temporary reduction in the catch limit needed?

What are the actions in the interim rule?

Table 1. Commercial and recreational catch limits for golden tilefish.

Total catch limit

Commercial catch limit

Commercial Hook-and-Line catch limit

Commercial Longline catch limit

Recreational catch limit

(pounds gutted weight)

(pounds gutted weight)

(pounds gutted weight)

(pounds gutted weight)

(numbers of fish)**

323,000

313,310

78,328

234,982

2,187**

**An average weight conversion factor of 4.43 pounds gutted weight was used for converting the recreational catch limit into numbers of fish.

Where can I find more information on the environmental assessment and the interim rule?

 By Mail: Karla Gore or Mary Vara

NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Regional Office

Sustainable Fisheries Division

263 13th Avenue South

St. Petersburg, Florida 33701-5505

By FAX: (727) 824-5308

By Phone: (727) 824-5305

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