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.