Bluefish is in season locally from June 1 through the fall until the Massachusetts quota is harvested. Bluefish are taken by hook-and-line as well as by strike net. Strike nets get set out in a circle, and then the boat runs in a circle to scare the fish into the net, which is hauled back immediately. The fish are harvested alive. Bluefish are prolific, and their population levels are healthy. They provide an increasingly important income source for local fishermen as the market has grown and more consumers and chefs are turning to bluefish for its great flavor.