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Closure of Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Southern Trophy Fishery
NMFS closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant “trophy” BFT (measuring 73” or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Friday, April 11, 2014, through December 31, 2014. The southern area is the area south of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ) and includes the Gulf of Mexico.
Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closed March 21, 2014
NMFS closed the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches or greater curved fork length) until June 1, 2014.
Amendment 7 Proposed Rule Comment Period Extended
See attached announcement; comment period now ends 01/10/13.
Amendment 7 Proposed Rule
NMFS is proposing Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP to address bluefin tuna management. Please see the attached announcement for further information.
2013 Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure
Summary of fishery information and regulations for the managed Atlantic tuna fisheries.
Final 2013 Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Closes Longline Category
NMFS announces final quota specifications for the 2013 bluefin tuna fishery. The final rule adjusts the U.S. baseline bluefin tuna quota and subquotas to account for allowable unharvested 2012 quota and to account for a portion of the estimated 2013 dead discards up front (i.e., at the beginning of the fishing year). NMFS is also closing the incidental Longline category northern and southern area bluefin tuna fisheries effective 11:30 p.m., June 25, for the remainder of 2013. See the attached announcement for further information.
HMS Tournament Registration Form
A tournament operator must notify NMFS of the purpose, dates, and location of the tournament conducted from a port in an Atlantic coastal state, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, at least 4 weeks prior to commencement of the tournament.
Green-stick Gear Fact Sheet
This notice describes the authorized use of green-stick gear in Atlantic HMS fisheries.
Approved Sea Turtle Release Equipment List
NMFS Announces the Availability of a Revised List of Approved Equipment Models for the Careful Release of Sea Turtles Caught in Hook and Line Fisheries
Tuna Trolling and Whales
Recent evidence show that tuna fishing lines, trolled through areas where both tuna and whales are feeding, have hooked the wrong species. The strong lines and sharp hooks, necessary for catching large tuna, can dig into blubber of these unintended targets, possibly causing harm to the whale and is a violation of federal law. All whales, dolphins and porpoises in the northeast region are federally protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and most large whales in the area are further protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under these Acts, it is illegal to "harass, hunt, capture or kill" any marine mammal. Prohibited conduct includes any "negligent or intentional act which results in the disturbing or molesting of marine mammals." The operational procedures are located in full at: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/prot_res/mmv/
Reminder about Charterboat, Headboat, and Commercial Permits
NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service) wants to remind fishermen there are several federal regulations regarding fishing for dolphin and wahoo in federal waters of the Atlantic Ocean (Maine through the east coast of Florida).
Guide to the Tunas of the Western Atlantic Ocean
Field guide to help identify the various species of Atlantic tunas
Atlantic HMS and Atlantic Tunas Permit Category Description
Provides a brief explanation of each Atlantic HMS and Atlantic tunas permit category, including authorized gears.
Paperwork Reduction Act Statements
Paperwork Reduction Act Statements for Annual Atlantic Tunas Permitting and Mandatory Catch Reporting of Bluefin Tuna
Large Pelagics Survey Bluefin Tuna Length Validation Assessment
Large Pelagics Survey Bluefin Tuna Length Validation Assessment Paper Submitted to ICCAT
Atlantic bluefin tuna size classes
A table of the bluefin size classes and associated lengths and approximate weights.

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