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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closed Friday, March 21, 2014 | Maryland DNR Fisheries Service News

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery Closed Friday, March 21, 2014

3/24/2014  |   Posted by ckennedy

Tags: Commercial  

Actions being taken and important dates

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery for large medium and giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) effective 11:30 p.m. local time on March 21, 2014, until it reopens on June 1, 2014, for the June through August period. Based on the best available BFT landings information for the General category BFT fishery, NMFS has determined that the General category January BFT subquota of 23.1 mt has been reached. Although it is called the "January subquota," the regulations allow the January fishery to continue until the 23.1-mt subquota is reached, or March 31, whichever comes first.

Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT by persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/ Headboat categories (while fishing commercially) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on March 21, 2014, through May 31, 2014. The intent of this closure is to prevent any further overharvest of the General category January BFT subquota. Go to http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/newslist/2014/03-19-14_bft_general_category_january_fishery_closure.pdf to read entire NMFS announcement.