Fishery for golden tilefish closes Tuesday
Published 7:41 am Monday, July 22, 2019
NOAA Fishery Bulletin FB19-037 closes the commercial hook-and-line component for golden tilefish in South Atlantic federal waters at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019.
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries is expected to issue a similar closure.
The 2019 commercial catch limit for the golden tilefish hook-and-line component is 82,935 pounds gutted weight. Commercial landings are projected to reach the commercial catch limit and harvest will close to prevent the catch limit from being exceeded.
The fishery bulletin also states that the South Atlantic golden tilefish commercial longline component closed March 14, 2019. The recreational sector closed June 17, 2019, for the remainder of the fishing year.
“Therefore, because the commercial longline component and the recreational sector are already closed, and the commercial hook-and-line component will close on July 23, 2019, all harvest and possession of South Atlantic golden tilefish will be prohibited effective at 12:01 a.m., local time, July 23, 2019.”