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Bluefish Quota & Landings Data

Updated September 14, 2021

The 2021 bluefish quota allocation for New York State is 287,667* pounds as determined by the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and regulations promulgated by NOAA Fisheries. The Bluefish Quota Distribution Plan is distributed into five quota periods with the following harvest limits:

2021 Bluefish Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Dates Period
Quota (lbs)
Trip
Limit
(lbs)
%
Distribution
1 January - April
**March 15 - April 30
*58,150 1,000
*2,500 daily/5000 weekly
15%
2 May - June *116,300 500 30%
3 July - August *116,300 500 30%
4 September - October *73,657 500 19%
5 November - December *23,260 1,000 6%

* NY received 100,000 pounds of transfers from Virginia and New Jersey. The new allocation is 387,667 pounds.

**Upon determination that remaining period quota is available

Check Commercial Harvest Limits for the current trip limit and fishery status information.

The Bluefish Quota Distribution Plan may be modified by NYSDEC subject to the following criteria:

  • Trip limits may be adjusted to spread allocation over each period and avoid fishery closures when possible.
  • Overharvest or underharvest from Period 1 will be equally distributed to Periods 2, 3, and 4.
  • Overharvest or underharvest from Periods 2 through 4 will be deducted from or rolled over into the next period.
  • Underharvest from Period 5 will not be rolled over into the next year in accordance with the terms of the interstate Fishery Management Plan for Bluefish.
  • A maximum episodic event trip limit may be established during Periods 1 and 5, upon determination by the Department that sufficient quota is available.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, actions may be taken, up to and including closure of the remaining period until the next period, to preserve quota for subsequent periods. That period will be closed until the next period in order to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • Quota allocations will be adjusted to ensure maximum utilization of the bluefish resource or prevent New York State's allocation from being exceeded.
  • The final quota allocation is subject to adjustment by NOAA Fisheries.

Bluefish Weekly Landings Summary

2021 Bluefish Weekly Landings Summary (pounds)
Period Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
% Period
Quota Used
Remaining
Period Quota
Total
Remaining
Quota
1 1-8 1/1-2/20 1000 0 0 0 58,150 387,667
1 9 2/21-2/27 1000 65 65 0 58,085 387,602
1 10 2/28-3/6 1000 2 67 0 58,083 387,600
1 11-16 3/7-4/17 1000 0 67 0 58,016 287,600
1 17 4/18-4/24 1000 7 74 0 58,009 387,593
1 18 4/25-5/1 1000 21 95 0 57,998 387,572
2 19 5/2-5/8 500 7,154 7,249 5 123,777 380,418
2 20 5/9-5/15 500 38,529 45,778 35 85,248 341,889
2 21 5/16-5/22 500 48,826 94,604 72 36,422 293,063
2 22 5/23-5/29 500 46,918 141,522 108 (10,496) 246,145
2 23 5/30-6/5 100 24,629 166,151 127 (35,125) 221,516
2 24 6/6-6/12 100 15,684 181,835 139 (50,809) 205,832
2 25 6/13-6/19 100 20,410 202,245 154 (71,219) 185,422
2 26 6/20-6/26 100 19,879 222,124 170 (91,908) 165,543
2 27 6/27-7/3 100 10,684 232,808 178 (101,782) 154,859
3 28 7/4-7/10 100 8,427 241,235 29 20,722 146,432
3 29 7/11-7/17 100 6,657 247,802 51 14,155 139,865
3 30 7/18-7/24 100 4,888 252,690 68 9,267 8134,977
3 31 7/25-7/31 100 4,931 257,621 85 4,336 130,046
3 32 8/1-8/7 100 2,445 260,066 94 1,891 127,601
3 33 8/8-8/14 100 3,899 263,965 107 (2,008) 123,702
3 34 8/15-8/21 100 4,193 268,158 121 (6,201) 119,509
3 35 8/22-8/28 100 3,698 271,856 134 (9,899) 115,811
3 36 8/29-9/4 100 2,587 274,443 143 (12,486) 113,224
4 37 9/5-9/11 100 4,669 279,112 6 71,133 108,555

Keep track of weekly commercial landings by visiting NOAA Fisheries Quota Monitoring (link leaves DEC website).


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