Tilefish, Blueline

Shape

Synonyms

Caulolatilus microps

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

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  • Bag Limit 3

  • Gear Reef Fish Gear

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage No minimum size limit.
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    If you are bringing fish back to the U.S. from the Bahamas by water, please see Bringing fish back from the Bahamas.

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    Federally Permitted Charter/Headboats: -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that fish. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in state waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in federal waters but open in state waters, the vessel is not allowed to retain that species. -If a federally permitted vessel fishing in federal waters catches a species that is closed to harvest in state waters but open to harvest in federal waters, they may retain that fish if they do not stop to fish in state waters when returning to port. All gear must be stowed.

    Commercial regulations for South Atlantic Federal Waters
    CLOSED. Reopens January 1, 2021.
    Trip Limit: January 1 - April 30: 100 pounds gutted weight May 1 - December 31: 300 pounds gutted weight
    ​Size Limit: No size limit
    Must be landed with head and fins intact.
    Commercial fishermen are required to use dehooking tools when fishing for snapper grouper species. A descending device is required on board all vessels fishing for or possessing snapper and grouper species in federal waters of the South Atlantic. The descending device must be readily available for use and attached to at least 16 ounces of weight and at least 60 feet of line. Get more information at Best Fishing Practices Webpage. The use of non-stainless steel hooks is required when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits. The use of non-offset, non-stainless steel circle hooks is required for all species in the snapper grouper complex when using hook-and-line gear with natural baits in waters North of 28 degrees N. latitude.
    After the commercial quota is met, all purchase and sale is prohibited and harvest and/or possession is limited to the recreational bag limit. This prohibition does not apply to fish harvested, landed, and sold prior to the quota being reached and held in cold storage by a dealer. Quotas are given in gutted weights.
    Commercial snapper grouper vessels must have onboard NMFS approved sea turtle release gear and follow smalltooth sawfish release protocol. See the Handling and Release Protocol from NOAA Fisheries or call 727-824-5312.
    Limited access permit required.
    Annual Catch Limit (ACL) – This species is managed under an ACL. See current information on Commercial ACLs (quotas) from NOAA Fisheries.

    For more information, see: Blueline Tilefish Commercial Regulations

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. ----------------------
    Commercial Regulations
    No minimum size limit. Managed under an IFQ program. Anyone commercially fishing for grouper or tilefish must possess IFQ allocation and follow established protocols.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020
    from November 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.
    Bag limit increased to 5 blueline tilefish per angler on uninspected for-hire vessels, or 7 blueline tilefish per angler on USCG inspected for-hire vessels.
    Requirement that charter/party vessels must hold a valid open access golden tilefish permits to land blueline tilefish. For more info, see greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov.

  • Vessel Limit 20

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Demersal Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for demersal fish is 20 fish or 60 pounds of fish.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Any private recreational fishing vessel, charter boat or head boat, must obtain a Tilefish and Grouper Landing Permit, for that vessel, from the Marine Resources Commission in order to possess aboard, or land any tilefish or grouper, harvested recreationally. Bag limit increased to 5 Blueline Tilefish per person on an uninspected for-hire vessel. Bag limit increased to 7 Blueline Tilefish per person on an inspected for-hire vessel. Citation 10 lbs

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Gear Dehooking Required

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020
    from September 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021

  • Additional Notes

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Gear Circle Hooks & Dehooking

  • Aggregate Information Name: Grouper Limit: 3

  • Closed Seasons from September 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020
    from September 1st, 2020 to April 30th, 2021

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Sand tilefish, blueline tilefish, and golden tilefish are included in the 3 grouper aggregate bag limit.

    For seasons, bag limits, size limits, or closures contact South Atlantic Council (SAMFC) at 1-843-571-4366 or safmc.net and see the most recent FF-Snapper-Grouper recreational proclamation.

  • Bag Limit 3

  • Closed Seasons from November 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020
    from November 1st, 2019 to April 30th, 2020

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size. Possession limit = 5 fish per person on uninspected for-hire vessels Possession limit = 7 fish per person on USCG-inspected for-hire vessels

  • Bag Limit 7

  • Aggregate Information Name: Tilefish Limit: 7

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Limit: 20

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Circle Hooks

  • Aggregate Information Name: 20 Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size.

  • Bag Limit 20

  • Gear Non-SS Circle Hook

  • Aggregate Information Name: Reef Fish Limit: 20

  • Additional Notes
    There is a twenty (20) fish aggregate creel limit for reef fish species for which there is no other creel limit. See outdooralabama.com for more details.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Recreational bag limit is 100 pounds per person per day in Florida Atlantic STATE WATERS.

    Bag limit may be different in Atlantic FEDERAL WATERS. Tap the blue location bar below and use the map option to manually set your location in Federal Waters to see those regulations.

    For more information, see MyFWC.com.

  • Additional Notes
    No minimum size limit. Recreational bag limit is 100 pounds per person per day in Florida's STATE WATERS.

    Bag limit and closed seasons may be different in FEDERAL WATERS. Tap the blue location bar below and use the map option to manually set your location in Federal Waters to see those regulations.

    For more information, see MyFWC.com.

    For blueline tilefish information in the South Atlantic, see SAFMC.net.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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