WGMD Fishing Report 11-17-17

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The wind blew at gale force on Thursday and once again the boats stayed tied to the dock.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has released their management plan for blue or gray tilefish.  The service felt there was a need for management after the commercial landings increased 20-fold in 2014 from the average for the previous few years.  Since recreational catch numbers were not reported there is no way of knowing the increase there.

The new regulations will close the fishery on December 15 and it will reopen on May 1, 2018.  The season will remain open until October 31, 2018 and then close until May 1 of 2019.

The new bags limits are seven fish per day for anglers on head boats, five fish per day for charter boats and three fish per day on private boats.  Commercial boats will have a 300-pound per day landing limit.  All harvesters must have an Open Access Tilefish Permit.  A program for reporting recreational landings will be developed and implemented shortly.  It is hoped this plan will prevent overfishing the stock.

This is Eric Burnley with your WGMD fishing report.