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Bluefish Quota & Landings Data

Updated May 9, 2022

The 2022 bluefish quota allocation for New York State is 414,693 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:

2022 Bluefish Commercial Quota Distribution
Period Dates Period
Quota (lbs)
Trip
Limit
(lbs)
%
Distribution
1 January - April
41,469 1,000
10%
2 May - June 186,612 350 45%
3 July - August 103,673 350 25%
4 September - October 62,204 350 15%
5 November - December 20,735 350 5%

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 are established to distribute quota allocation over each period and to prevent closures if possible. Consequently, initial period trip limits may be set at modest levels.
  • Any unused allocation from Periods 1, 2,3 or 4 will roll over to the next period. Currently, the Fishery Management Plan does not allow for one year's unused quota to be rolled over to the next year.
  • If a period's quota is projected to be exceeded, that period will be closed until the next period in order to preserve quota for subsequent periods.
  • DEC may adjust this quota distribution plan if the level of harvest is different from what was projected to ensure maximum utilization of the bluefish resource and prevent the allocation from being surpassed.
  • 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.
  • The final quota allocation is subject to change by adjustments made by NOAA Fisheries.

Bluefish Weekly Landings Summary

2022 Bluefish Weekly Landings Summary (pounds)
Week Dates Trip Limit Recent
Landings
Cumulative
Landings
Total
Remaining
Quota
% Quota Used
1 1/1-1/7 1000 daily 0 0 414,693 0%
2 1/8-1/14 1000 daily 0 0 414,693 0%
3 1/15-1/21 1000 daily 6 6 414,687 1%
4 1/22-1/28 1000 daily 0 6 414,687 6%
5 1/29-2/4 1000 daily 36 42 414,651 6%
6 2/5-2/11 1000 daily 0 42 414,651 6%
7 2/12-2/18 1000 daily 0 42 414,651 6%
8 2/19-2/25 1000 daily 181 223 414,470 6%
9 2/26-3/4 1000 daily 3,250 3,473 411,220 6%
10 3/5-3/11 1000 daily 0 24,054 390,639 6%
11 3/12-3/18 1000 daily 0 24,054 390,639 6%
12 3/19-3/25 1000 daily 0 24,054 390,639 6%
13 3/26-4/1 1000 daily 0 24,054 390,639 6%
14 4/2-4/8 1000 daily 11 24,065 390,628 6%
15 4/9-4/15 1000 daily 0 24,065 390,628 6%
16 4/16-4/22 1000 daily 18 24,083 390,610 6%
17 4/23-4/29 1000 daily 0 24,083 390,610 6%

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


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