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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BM55 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: ●2024 Blueline and Golden Tilefish Specifications 

This action would adjust the blueline tilefish recreational season in the regulations by two weeks, from May 1 through Oct 31 to May 15 through November 14. It will also propose annual catch limits for the blueline tilefish and golden tilefish for the 2024 fishing year and to correct some ancillary dates that were not adjusted when the golden tilefish fishing year was changed in Framework Adjustment 7. This change to the blueline tilefish recreational season was adopted by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council at its June 2023 meeting. NMFS would implement this action pursuant to the rulemaking authorities under sections 303(c) and 304(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Blueline tilefish are often caught in the same areas as black sea bass. The black sea bass recreational season starts on May 15. As a result, between May 1 and May 14 any black sea bass caught while fishing for blueline tilefish must be discarded. By changing the blueline tilefish recreational season to match the start of the black sea bass season the Council intends to reduce regulatory discards of black sea bass. The recreational fishery for blueline tilefish is small, and shifting the start of the recreational season by two weeks is expected to have negligible economic impact on anglers.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0648-BL55 
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