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* Preliminary 2014 BFT Commercial Landings
As of April 16, 2014, preliminary commercial landings for the 2014 fishing year are as follows:
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* 2014 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits
The 2014 recreational retention limits for bluefin tuna and the BAYS tunas (bigeye, albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack) are as follows:
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* Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Southern Trophy Fishery CLOSED
The Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant “trophy” BFT (measuring 73” or greater) in the southern area is closed through December 31, 2014.
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* Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery CLOSED Until June 1
NMFS closed the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery for large medium and giant BFT (73" curved fork length or greater) on March 21 until it reopens on June 1, 2014.
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* Other 2014 HMS Recreational Limits
See 'More' for shark, swordfish, and billfish limits:
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* PERMITS FOR 2014 NOW AVAILABLE, INCL. NEW SWORDFISH GENERAL COMMERCIAL PERMIT
2014 Atlantic Tunas Permit, Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling Permit, Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat Permit, Swordfish General Commercial Permit and combination permit are now available.
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* Proposed Amendment 7 (Atlantic bluefin tuna)
NMFS is proposing Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Managament Plan to address bluefin tuna management concerns due to recent trends and characteristics of the bluefin fisheries. COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED to 01/10/14.
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* ESA listing for Atlantic bluefin tuna not warranted
Agency remains concerned; will revisit decision with new science.
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* Tuna Trolling and Whales
See a spout watch out! As tuna and whales may be feeding in close proximity to one another, fishermen need to stay alert.
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* Reminder for Charter/Headboat owners and operators
For those HMS Charter/Headboat vessels that also encounter dolphin and wahoo, you will need to attain a permit to keep these fish.
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* PERMIT APPLICANTS MUST HAVE VESSEL’S OFFICAL REGISTRATION
ONLY valid U.S.C.G Vessel Documentation numbers or State Registration numbers are acceptable when completing an application. Temporary registration numbers are not allowed. It is also unlawful to falsify information on this application.
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* Reporting Recreational Swordfish and Billfish Landings
NMFS announces a new reporting system for recreational non-tournament landings of swordfish and billfish.
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* LPS BFT Length Validation Assessment Paper
Large Pelagics Survey Bluefin Tuna Length Validation Assessment Paper Submitted to ICCAT has been posted to the library
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