→ Northeastern Tilefish Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 6

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NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 6 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan for review and approval by the Secretary of Commerce. This action was initiated because there was no permanent federal management of blueline tilefish north of North Carolina and no state management north of Maryland. We are requesting comments from the public on the amendment. Amendment 6 would establish management measures for the blueline tilefish fishery north of the Virginia/North Carolina border, including: Permitting, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements; trip limits for both the commercial and recreational sectors of the fishery; and the process for setting specifications and annual catch limits. In addition, this action would set 2017 harvest limits. Additional details of the proposed measures are available in the amendment document and the proposed rule.