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Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update 3rd Quarter 2016 Fishing Year

November 2, 2016

The table below provides 2015 billfish landings and preliminary 2016 (January 1, 2016 through September 30, 2016) 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

2015

2016 (Q1-Q3)

Atlantic Blue Marlin

60

53

Atlantic White Marlin

55

37

Roundscale Spearfish

10

21

Total

125

111

Remaining Landings Limit (of 250)

125

139

Western Atlantic Sailfish*

114

82

 

 * 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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