28 Jan Bluefish creel limit drops to three fish per person, per day
The creel limit for recreationally-caught bluefish will decrease on Feb. 1 in North Carolina coastal waters to three fish per person, per day for anglers fishing from the shore, pier, private vessel, or in any way other than with a for-hire operation, according to a press release issue Jan. 28 by the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
Recreational fishermen fishing on for-hire vessels (charter boats, head boats, guide boats) can possess up to five bluefish per person, per day.
For the specific regulations, see Proclamation FF-1-2020.
The news release said the creel limit reduction complies with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Bluefish Fishery Management Plan and, in conjunction with action taken by other states, is intended to reduce the coastwide recreational harvest from Maine to Florida by 28.6% to prevent exceeding the 2020 recreational harvest limit.
The latest coastwide stock assessment determined that bluefish are overfished but overfishing is not occurring. The coastwide commercial bluefish quota is also reduced in 2020. For additional information, see the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council news release.
For more information, contact Division of Marine Fisheries biologist Lee Paramore at 252-473-5734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.