No more taking home of Atlantic bluefin tuna will be allowed until June. To prevent overharvest, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Wednesday, Feb. 20 that it is closing the categories for medium, large and giant bluefin, effective immediately. For details, see www.gpo.gov.
Fishing will reopen June for the June through August subperiod.
NMFS determined that the general category subquota has probably already been reached.
Catch and release as well as tag and release will still be allowed. But fishermen must comply with release rules to ensure the maximum chance the fish will survive, including not taking the fish out of the water. For details, see http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.
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National Fisherman Live: 12/16/14
In this episode, Bruce Buls, WorkBoat's technical editor, interviews Long Island lobsterman John Aldridge, who survived for 12 hours after falling overboard in the dead of night. Aldridge was the keynote speaker at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo, which took place Nov. 19-21 in Seattle.
NOAA, in consultation with the Department of the Interior, has appointed 10 new members to the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee. The 20-member committee is composed of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experience who advise the departments of commerce and the interior on ways to strengthen and connect the nation's MPA programs. The new members join the 10 continuing members appointed in 2012.