NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for the recreational sector of golden tilefish in the South Atlantic for the 2012 fishing year through this temporary rule. Average recreational landings from 2010 and 2011 exceeded the recreational annual catch limit (ACL) for golden tilefish. To account for this overage and to prevent an overage in 2012, this rule reduces the length of the 2012 recreational fishing season and NMFS closes the recreational sector for golden tilefish on June 8, 2012. This closure is necessary to protect the golden tilefish resource.
Agency Contact: Catherine Bruger, telephone: 727-824- 5305, fax: 727-824-5308, email: Catherine.Bruger@noaa.gov.
This rule is final. Its effective date is June 8, 2012.