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Tuna Of The Atlantic
Common Bonito Little Tunny, False Albacore
All private vessel owners/operators recreationally fishing for and/or retaining regulated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (Atlantic tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) for personal use in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, must obtain an Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling permit. This permit has replaced the Atlantic Tunas Angling permit, and incorporates those vessels targeting other regulated HMS. Similar to Atlantic Tunas permits, 2003 Atlantic HMS Angling permits cost $22.00 and will be valid from the date of issuance through May 31, 2004.
INFORMATION AND CONTACTS
The information in this guide was compiled by the Highly Migratory Species Management Division (HMS) of the National Marine Fisheries Service. Fishers are responsible for complying with current official regulations and since fishery rules are subject to change, fishers must familiarize themselves with the latest regulations. In order to help keep the public informed, HMS maintains an information line for news and catch reports concerning Atlantic tunas. The HMS information line, which is updated daily, announces closure notices, scooping and public hearing locations and times, in season quota adjustments, and updaters of landings of Atlantic Bluefin tuna. Callers may reach the 24 hour information line by dialing (508) 281-9305, (301) 713-1279, or toll free at (888) USA-TUNA.
For further information concerning the Atlantic tuna fisheries or the Cooperative Gamefish Tagging Program, or for complete copies of current regulations, contact:
Rebecca Lent, Division Chief
Highly Migratory Species Management Division Office of
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