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USCG Safety Requirements - Marine Safety Information Bulletin 008-17

This Bulletin is intended to provide guidance to HMS charter fishing vessels, the commercial fishing industry, and the Coast Guard in applying commercial fishing vessel safety requirements.

Reminder: Mandatory USCG Commercial Vessel Safety Examination Requirements

NOAA Fisheries Reminds Commercial HMS Permit Holders of USCG Fishing Vessel Dockside Safety Examination Requirements

Atlantic bluefin tuna size classes

A table of the bluefin size classes and associated lengths and approximate weights.

Green-stick Gear Fact Sheet

This notice describes the authorized use of green-stick gear in Atlantic HMS fisheries.

Atlantic Tunas Regulations Brochure

Summary of fishery information and regulations for the managed Atlantic tuna 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:

Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plans and Amendments

A complete list of the HMS fishery management plan and its amendments.

Guide to the Tunas of the Western Atlantic Ocean

Field guide to help identify the various species of Atlantic tunas

Paperwork Reduction Act Statements

Paperwork Reduction Act Statements for Annual Atlantic Tunas Permitting and Mandatory Catch Reporting of Bluefin Tuna

HMS Tournament Registration Form

Tournament operators must register with NOAA Fisheries, keep records of anglers and results, and if selected send a summary of fishing results within seven days after the event.

Atlantic HMS and Atlantic Tunas Permit Category Description

Provides a brief explanation of each Atlantic HMS and Atlantic tunas permit category, including authorized gears.

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).

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

Reporting Instructions

Reporting Instructions

Large Pelagics Survey Bluefin Tuna Length Validation Assessment

Large Pelagics Survey Bluefin Tuna Length Validation Assessment Paper Submitted to ICCAT

Privacy Act Statement for HMS Permits Online Application

Authority: The collection of this information is authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (MSA), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), 971 et seq.