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Pelagic Longline Fishery – Bluefin Tuna Accounting; Notification that the Individual Bluefin Quota (IBQ) On-Line System is Not Functioning

Posted: September 25, 2017

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) is notifying the public that the on-line Individual Bluefin Quota (IBQ) accounting system (System) is still down (not functioning) as a result of Hurricane Irma.

Atlantic tunas Longline category vessel owners/operators: Continue to report all bluefin tuna caught through the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) unit as required (at the end of each pelagic longline set).

Although the timing of when IBQ will be deducted from a vessel’s IBQ account will be delayed, vessel owners are still responsible for accounting for all bluefin tuna discarded dead or retained, using IBQ.

Atlantic tunas Dealers:  Although the IBQ system is currently down, dealers are still required to continue to report bluefin tuna, using the usual SAFIS, web-based reporting methods.  If a vessel lands bluefin tuna prior to IBQ system restoration, and therefore the dealer is not able to enter the bluefin tuna data into the IBQ system, NMFS will enter the information into the system and account for bluefin tuna using IBQ at a later date (based upon the dealer and VMS data).

NMFS will send another notice when the IBQ system is working again.

This notice is a courtesy to fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. For further information, contact the IBQ Customer Service Line (301) 427-8591. 
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