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Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update 4th Quarter 2014 Fishing Year

January 28, 2015

The table below provides 2013 billfish landings and preliminary 2014 (January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014) landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish.  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 in the 250 marlin count.

Species

2013

2014
(Q1 through Q4)

Atlantic Blue Marlin

55

54

Atlantic White Marlin

49

40

Roundscale Spearfish

1

2

Total

105

96

Remaining Landings Limit (of 250)

145

154

Western Atlantic Sailfish*

173

118

 * 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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