Bluefish Allocation Amendment


Photo Credit: Richard Ling /

Photo Credit: Richard Ling /

The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) are developing an amendment to review and possibly revise the allocation of Atlantic bluefish between the commercial and recreational fisheries and the commercial allocations to the states. This action may be needed to avoid overages, achieve optimum yield, prevent overfishing, and reduce the need for quota transfers off the U.S. east coast. As part of this amendment the Council and ASMFC will also be reviewing the goals and objectives of the bluefish FMP and the quota transfer processes. During the scoping process, the public will have an opportunity to propose additional issues that should be considered in this action.


  • Matthew Seeley, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council,, 302-526-5262

  • Caitlin Starks, Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission,, 703-842-0740

Action Status

Further development on the bluefish allocation amendment will continue late summer 2019 following the availability of updated stock assessment information.

August 2018 Council Meeting: The Council and ASMFC reviewed scoping comments and discussed next steps and timing of amendment development. The Council and ASMFC agreed to continue working on the amendment but to not finalize the public hearing document or hold public hearings until after the results of the next bluefish operational assessment are available in the spring of 2019. Read more here.

June/July 2018: The Council and ASMFC held scoping hearings and collected written comments on the range of issues and information to be considered. View the scoping document for background information on bluefish management and on issues that may be addressed in the amendment, as well as a description of the amendment process and timeline.

December 2017: The Council met jointly with the ASMFC’s Bluefish Board and voted to initiate an amendment to address bluefish allocation issues. See the Council Meeting Summary for additional details.