Private Vessels Fishing for Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic Must Now Get Permits and File Catch Reports

Private Vessels Fishing for Tilefish in the Mid-Atlantic Must Now Get Permits and File Catch Reports … Effective: August 17, 2020

Maryland DNR … July 29, 2020 … NOAA Fisheries filed a rule today requiring private recreational tilefish vessels in the Mid-Atlantic to get permits and file catch reports. These changes were approved in Amendment 6 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan, and will be effective August 17, 2020. This action is being taken to better characterize and monitor the recreational fisheries for both blueline tilefish and golden tilefish.

Get your federal private recreational tilefish vessel permit through Fish Online.This new permit is required even if a vessel already holds a for-hire tilefish permit. Call our Permit Office at 978-282-8438 for questions about the permitting process.

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Private recreational tilefish anglers must also fill out and submit an electronic vessel trip report within 24 hours of returning to port for trips where tilefish were targeted and/or retained. Reports can be submitted through any NOAA Fisheries approved electronic reporting system.

Read the final rule as filed in the Federal Register, and the permit holder bulletin on our website.

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