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Golden Tilefish Closure for South Atlantic Recreational Anglers

Starting July 17, golden tilefish will no longer be permitted for take recreationally in federal waters

Golden Tilefish Closure for South Atlantic Recreational Anglers

Limits of golden tilefish and red snapper for these lucky anglers fishing last week off New Smyrna Beach, in Northeast Florida. They caught the July 14-15 Atlantic red snapper season, at the same time squeezing in limits of delicious golden tilefish before the July 17 season closure for that species.

The 2023 recreational harvest of golden tilefish in federal waters of the South Atlantic will close at 12:01 a.m., (local time), on July 17, 2023.

Why This Closure is Happening:

The 2023 golden tilefish recreational catch limit is 2,316 fish. Reports indicate that recreational landings have reached the 2023 recreational catch limit. The accountability measure requires recreational harvest to close when the recreational catch limit has been reached. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish population.

During the Closure:

  • The bag and possession limits for golden tilefish in or from South Atlantic federal waters are zero.
  • Recreational harvest for the 2024 fishing year in South Atlantic federal waters will open at 12:01 a.m., (local time,) on January 1, 2024.

This bulletin provides only a summary of the existing regulations. Full regulations can be found in the Federal Register or at https://www.ecfr.gov/current/title-50/chapter-VI/part-622/subpart-I#622.193.




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