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Atlantic Billfish Recreational Landings Update
[SUP]4th[/SUP] Quarter 2013 Fishing Year


The table below provides preliminary landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish for the 2013 fishing year through December 31, 2013. 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 late reporting. As specified in § 635.27(d) (1), the recreational billfish fishery is limited to a maximum of 250 Atlantic blue and white marlin landings, combined, per year. Effective January 2011, annual landings of roundscale spearfish are also included the 250 marlin count.

2012
2013
Landings
Landings to Date
Remaining Landings Limit
ATLANTIC BLUE MARLIN, WHITE MARLIN, AND ROUNDSCALE SPEARFISH
Atlantic Blue Marlin
63
51
-
Atlantic White Marlin
30
42
-
Roundscale Spearfish
4
1
-
Total
97
94
156 (of 250)
Western Atlantic Sailfish[SUP]*[/SUP]
WESTERN ATLANTIC SAILFISH
184
113
-
[SUP]* [/SUP]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 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ or contact Randy Blankinship at (727) 824-5399.
 
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