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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ61 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Atlantic Bluefish 2020-2021 Specifications and Recreational Management Measures 

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has developed and recommended proposed 2020-21 bluefish fishery specifications. This action would revise bluefish fishery catch limits for fishing years 2020 and 2021, as well as recreational management measures to constrain catch to these new limits and prevent overfishing. The August 2019 operational assessment incorporated revised Marine Recreational Information Program estimates into its analyses and biological reference points. This assessment determined that the bluefish stock is overfished but not subject to overfishing. Using this new information, the Council recommends revising bluefish catch specifications to prevent overfishing from occurring. This action also proposes Council-recommended reductions in recreational bag limit or private anglers and for for-hire (charter/party). All other management measures, including recreational season and minimum fish size would remain unchanged.  Given the stock status, the fishery will be operating under interim measures promulgated under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act until this action is finalized.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/11/2020  85 FR 27703   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/26/2020 
Final Action  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0648-BJ57 
Agency Contact:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283
Fax:978 281-9207