New Regulations: On March 30, 2015, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule that reduced the blueline tilefish annual catch limit from 111,893 pounds whole weight to 17,791 pounds. After landing reports indicated the revised annual catch limit had been exceeded, NOAA Fisheries announced recreational harvest of blueline tilefish in South Atlantic waters would close June 10, 2015. The Feds also specified that the recreational season is from May through August each year, unless closed through an in-season closure. Therefore, in 2016, recreational fishing for blueline tilefish will be closed from January 1 through April 30 and again September 1 through December 31. When the recreational season opens (May through August), a new bag limit of one fish per vessel per day will be in effect.