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Bluefish Quota & Landings Data

Updated November 4, 2022

The 2022 bluefish quota allocation for New York State is 497,193* 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* 186,173 350 25%
4 September - October 62,204 350 15%
5 November - December 20,735 350 5%

*Two transfers, for a total of 82,500 lbs., were added to New York State's quota, effective July 2022.

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 0 497,193 0%
2 1/8-1/14 1000 daily 0 0 497,193 0%
3 1/15-1/21 1000 daily 6 6 497,187 0%
4 1/22-1/28 1000 daily 0 6 497,187 0%
5 1/29-2/4 1000 daily 36 42 497,151 0%
6 2/5-2/11 1000 daily 0 42 497,151 0%
7 2/12-2/18 1000 daily 0 42 497,151 0%
8 2/19-2/25 1000 daily 181 223 496,970 0%
9 2/26-3/4 1000 daily 3,250 3,473 493,720 1%
10 3/5-3/11 1000 daily 0 24,054 473,139 5%
11 3/12-3/18 1000 daily 0 24,054

473,139

5%
12 3/19-3/25 1000 daily 0 24,054 473,139 5%
13 3/26-4/1 1000 daily 0 24,054 473,139 5%
14 4/2-4/8 1000 daily 11 24,065 473,128 5%
15 4/9-4/15 1000 daily 0 24,065 473,128 5%
16 4/16-4/22 1000 daily 18 24,083 473,110 5%
17 4/23-4/29 1000 daily 0 24,083 473,110 5%
18 4/30-5/6 350 daily 610 24,693 472,500 5%
19 5/7-5/13 350 daily 6,903 31,596 465,597 6%
20 5/14-5/20 350 daily 17,034 48,630 488,563 10%
21 5/21-5/27 350 daily 47,717 96,347 400,846 19%
22 5/28-6/3 350 daily 45,746 142,093 355,100 29%
23 6/4-6/10 350 daily 38,118 180,211 316,982 36%
24 6/11-6/17 350 daily 18,369 198,580 298,613 40%
25 6/18-6/24 350 daily 24,777 223,357 273,836 45%
26 6/25-7/1 350 daily 8,556 231,913 265,280 47%
27 7/2-7/8 350 daily 6,708 238,621 258,572 48%
28 7/9-7/15 350 daily 4,634 243,255 253,938 49%
29 7/16-7/22 350 daily 6,452 249,707 247,486 50%
30 7/23-7/29 500 daily 3,372 253,079 244,114 51%
31 7/30-8/5 500 daily 10,360 263,439 233,754 53%
32 8/6-8/12 500 daily 3,914 267,353 229,840 54%
33 8/13-8/19 500 daily 3,573 270,926 226,267 54%
34 8/20-8/26 500 daily 1,767 272,693 224,500 55%
35 8/27-9/2 500 daily 6,154 278,874 218,346 56%
36 9/3-9/9 500 daily 8,264 287,111 210,082 58%
37 9/10-9/16 500 daily 2,379 289,490 207,703 58%
38 9/17-9/23 500 daily 5,317 294,807 202,386 59%
39 9/24-9/30 500 daily 3,002 297,809 199,384 60%
40 10/1-10/7 500 daily 530 298,339 198,854 60%
41 10/8-10/14 500 daily 3,467 301,806 195,387 61%
42 10/15-10/21 500 daily 3,323 305,129 192,064 61%
43 10/22-10/28 500 daily 1,395 306,524 190,669 62%
44 10/29-11/4 500 daily 4,162 310,686 186,507 62%

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


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