Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
Regulations governing the bluefish fishery are found at 50 CFR part 648. The regulations require annual specification of a commercial quota that is apportioned on a percentage basis among the coastal states from Florida through Maine. The process to set the annual commercial quota and the percent allocated to each state is described in § 648.162.
The initial total commercial quota for bluefish for the 2012 fishing year is 10,317,362 lb (4,679,878 kg) (77 FR 25100, April 27, 2012). The percent allocated to vessels landing bluefish in Massachusetts is 6.7167 percent, resulting in a commercial quota of 692,986 lb (314,333 kg) after deduction of research set-aside.
The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), monitors the state commercial quotas and determines when a state's commercial quota has been harvested. NMFS is required to publish notification in the
Section 648.4(b) provides that Federal permit holders agree, as a condition of the permit, not to land bluefish in any state that the Regional Administrator has determined no longer has commercial quota available. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, September 19, 2012, landings of bluefish in Massachusetts by vessels holding Federal commercial bluefish permits are prohibited for the remainder of the 2012 calendar year, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer and is announced in the
This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.
16 U.S.C. 1801