The Oceanic Fish Restoration Project is a unique partnership between NOAA and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. It partnered with Gulf of Mexico pelagic longline fishermen to help reduce fishing pressure on pelagic fish species.

Participating vessel owners were compensated to refrain from pelagic longline fishing for six months each year, from 1st January through 30th June. They also received compensation to help offset their potential loss in revenue.

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