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Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update โ€“ 4th Quarter 2013 Fishing Year

March 31, 2014

The table below provides preliminary landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish for the 2013 fishing year through December 31, 2013. Landings are compiled using self-reported angler reports from the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Non-Tournament Recreational Swordfish and Billfish Landings Database, tournament landings from the Recreational Billfish Survey (RBS), catch card reports from North Carolina and Maryland, and individual billfish intercepted by the Large Pelagic Survey (LPS) and Marine Recreational Information Program (MRIP). Please note that estimates are subject to late reporting. As specified in ยง 635.27(d) (1), the recreational billfish fishery is limited to a maximum of 250 Atlantic blue and white marlin landings, combined, per year. Effective January 2011, annual landings of roundscale spearfish are also included the 250 marlin count.

  2012 2013 (to Date)
Atlantic Blue Marlin 63 55
Atlantic White Marlin 30 44
Roundscale Spearfish 4 1
TOTAL 97 100
Remaining Landings Limit (of 250) 153 150
Western Atlantic Sailfish* 184 169
* Western Atlantic sailfish are not included in the 250 fish landings limit for Atlantic blue and white marlin/roundscale spearfish.

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic billfish fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. To view catch statistics from previous months, visit the Billfish Landings Update webpage or contact Randy Blankinship at (727) 824-5399.

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