Massachusetts’ 2012 commercial bluefish quota (692,986 lbs.) is projected to be harvested by the end of the day on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.  Consequently, the commercial bluefish fishery will close effective 00:01 hours on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

From September 19, 2012 through December 31, 2012, it shall be unlawful for commercial fishermen to land or possess bluefish, and for seafood dealers to purchase bluefish from Massachusetts commercial fishermen. The recreational bluefish fishery remains open with a limit of 10 fish per angler, as specified in 322 CMR 6.18.

Commercial fishermen are reminded that trip-level reports are due monthly by the fifteenth of the following month. Reports should be sent to DMF Statistics Project, 30 Emerson Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930.  Blank forms and instructions were mailed out prior to the beginning of the 2012 fishing season, and additional copies can be obtained from the MarineFisheries web site at: Trip-Level Reporting

For further information on the management of the commercial bluefish fishery contact MarineFisheries at 617-626-1534