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NOAA maintains East Coast bluefish catch rules for this year

Posted at 2:10 PM, Apr 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-04 14:10:34-04

(AP) — Federal fishing regulators say catch quotas and regulations for Atlantic bluefish will be about the same this year as they were in 2018.

Bluefish is an oily fish that is popular with some seafood fans on the East Coast, where it is fished commercially. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says rules for this year are only experiencing minor adjustments, in part because no states exceeded their quota allocations last year.

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Fishermen will be able to harvest more than 7.7 million pounds of bluefish from Maine to Florida this year. The states with the most quota are North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Virginia, Florida and Massachusetts.

Bluefish is also a popular sportfish. The possession limit of 15 fish per person is remaining the same, as well.