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Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update 1st Quarter 2014 Fishing Year

Posted May 15, 2014

Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update 1st Quarter 2014 Fishing Year

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 and 2014 fishing year (through March 31, 2014).  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 50 CFR Part 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.

 

2013

2014 (Q1)

Atlantic Blue Marlin

55

0

Atlantic White Marlin

44

1

Roundscale Spearfish

1

0

Total

100

1

Remaining Landings Limit (of 250)

150

249

Western Atlantic Sailfish*

169

49

 * 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, please visit the HMS billfish information webpage at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/billfish/index.html or contact Jennifer Cudney at (727) 824-5399.

 

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