Creel limit reduced for recreational bluefish anglers

Published 1:24 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The creel limit for recreationally-caught bluefish decreased Feb. 1 in North Carolina coastal waters.

The creel limit dropped to three fish per person, per day for recreational fishermen fishing from the shore, pier, private vessel or in any way other than with a for-hire operation.

Recreational fishermen fishing on for-hire vessels (charter boats, head boats, guide boats) can possess up to five bluefish per person, per day.

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For the specific regulations, see N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries Proclamation FF-1-2020.

The creel limit reduction complies with the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council/Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Bluefish Fishery Management Plan and, in conjunction with action taken by other states, is intended to reduce the coastwide recreational harvest from Maine to Florida by 28.6% to prevent exceeding the 2020 recreational harvest limit. The latest coastwide stock assessment determined that bluefish are overfished but overfishing is not occurring. The coastwide commercial bluefish quota is also reduced in 2020. For additional information, see a Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council media release.

For more information, contact Division of Marine Fisheries biologist Lee Paramore at 252-473-5734 or



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