Starting July 15, anindividual or commercial fishing operation, regardless of the number of persons, license holders or vessels involved, can possess, sell or offer for sale no more than 300 pounds of bluefish per day or per trip, whichever is more restrictive. The 2020 North Carolina commercial bluefish landings are higher than the commercial landings at this time in 2019. North Carolina bluefish landings from federally-permitted dealers through the end of June 2020 were 479,418 pounds compared to 420,153 pounds landed by federally-permitted dealers at the same time last year. These landings do not include those from state permitted dealers, which account for approximately 15% of North Carolina’s annual bluefish landings. North Carolina gets 32.06% of the coast wide quota, which is 887,058 pounds. The landings in 2019 exceeded this amount on September 23. Over 1.1 million pounds of bluefish were landed in North Carolina in 2019. A 300-pound trip limit will certainly impact some trips, and the trip limit might need to be lowered again based on the landings later this year. However, the impact from closing the commercial bluefish fishery in September is far greater. No commercial bluefish landings are allowed after the quota is reached, and it is very unlikely that North Carolina will be able to get a quota transfer from another state due to the low coast wide commercial quota (2.77 million pounds). In addition, any landings overage would be deducted from North Carolina’s commercial bluefish quota in a subsequent year.
Secretary of Commerce Allocates $65 Million for Fishery Disasters
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The North Carolina Watermen United organization represents the needs of our coastal communities by protecting the livelihood of the people who rely on fishing to make a living and provides a voice for fair regulations.
Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers
- HERBERT HOOVER
Voices from our fishermen.
Daniel Pullen gave a voice to the fishing community with The Independent Waterman project. Click on the picture to learn more.