The Secretary of Commerce imposed a federal moratorium on blackfishing in New Jersey as of April 1 before the State Marine Fisheries Council passed regulations that comply with the 25.6 % reduction required by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC). The state had provided documentation to the ASMFC showing that the regulations in place had accomplished that objective, but the Tautog Management Board didn't accept that explanation. As a result, New Jersey was voted out of compliance with the plan. The Council then drew up stricter regulations, including a spring closure, in an emergency session that satisfied the objections. Thus, the moratorium was lifted before it ever went into effect.