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Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update 1st Quarter 2015 Fishing Year

May 4, 2015

The table below provides updated 2014 billfish landings and preliminary 2015 (January 1, 2015 through March 31, 2015) 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 change due 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 and roundscale spearfish landings, combined, per year.

Species

2014

2015 (Q1)

Atlantic Blue Marlin

54

1

Atlantic White Marlin

42

0

Roundscale Spearfish

2

0

Total

98

1

Remaining Landings Limit (of 250)

152

249

Western Atlantic Sailfish*

118

34

 * 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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