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2016 Bluefish Quota Distribution Plan

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced an approximate 10% decrease in the acceptable biological catch from 2015 levels. Although the 2016 coastwide commercial quota for bluefish won't be set until the final 2015 recreational harvest estimates have been released, the DEC's preliminary estimate for the New York State 2016 commercial quota allocation for bluefish is 489,855 pounds.

The following table is a summary of the quota distribution plan for 2016. The intent of this plan is to fully utilize the available bluefish quota for the maximum benefit to New York's commercial fishing industry, yet remain within the state's quota allocation. This plan will remain in effect through December 31, 2016. Period quota allocations may be adjusted once the final specifications for the New York quota allocation are released.

2016 Bluefish Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Dates Quota (lbs) Initial Trip
1 January - April 73,478 5,000 15%
2 May - June


1,000 25%
3 July - August 171,449 1,000 35%
4 September - October 73,478 1,000 15%
5 November - December 48,985 1,000 10%

Provisions of the quota distribution plan

  • Trip limits are established to spread quota allocation over each period and to avoid fishery closures if possible.
  • Quota overages/underages from Period 1 will be distributed to Period 3. Quota overages/underages from Period 2, 3 or 4 will roll over to the next period. Currently, the fishery management plan for bluefish does not allow for one year's unused quota to be rolled over to the next year.
  • DEC may adjust this quota distribution plan to ensure maximum utilization of the bluefish resource and to prevent the state quota allocation from being exceeded. If bluefish landings begin to approach the period quota limit, DEC may reduce trip limits or close the fishery to harvest until the beginning of the next period.
  • The final 2016 quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by NMFS.

Check the Commercial Fishing Limits webpage for updated trip limits and fishery status information on Bluefish and other quota managed species in New York.

Keep track of weekly commercial landings by clicking on the "NMFS Weekly Landings" link in the right hand column of this page. The link will bring you to NOAA Northeast Region Fisheries Statistics website where the National Marine Fisheries Service keeps track of weekly records on quota and landing reports for managed species in each state along the Atlantic Coast.

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