Atlantic Bluefish 2013 and 2014 Final Catch Limits Approved -New Spiny Dogfish Exemption Areas East and West of Cape Cod

Today, NOAA/ NMFS announced approval of the final 2013 and 2014 catch limits for the Atlantic bluefish fishery. The Atlantic bluefish total allowable landings are 23.861 million lb for 2013 and 23.446 million lb for 2014.  The 2013 catch limits go into effect on June 6…..At the request of Northeast groundfish sectors, NOAA Fisheries is implementing an exempted fishery for spiny dogfish, which would exempt vessels from using a groundfish fishing day-at-sea.  Link at Public Notices.