New/Updated Videos on ROFFS™.com – Click the “Hot News” Button on ROFFS™ Homepage You’re Doing it Wrong! Which one is the boat? Video Courtesy: Bob Fisher | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Self Inflicted! Reason #1 why you should NEVER try to SHOOT a fish with a gun. Video Courtesy: Bob Fisher | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Watch Out! Ouch! Low clearance! That one had to hurt. Video Courtesy: accident_clips | Instagram Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Windy Day! Rockin’ & Rollin’ in the marina on a windy day. Video Courtesy: Hammer Down Boating | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Underwater Ray! So amazing for a diver to drop in on this. Video Courtesy: John McQuillian | Facebook Please click HERE to watch the video on our website now! Bluefin Tuna Angling Fishery Closes in Southern Atlantic Article originally published: March 16, 2018 | Courtesy: billfish.org
NOAA Fisheries has decided to close the Angling category fishery for large-medium and giant, “trophy,” Atlantic bluefin tuna in the southern area, beginning March 17, 2018 and lasting the rest of the year.
The size applies to Atlantic bluefin measuring 73” or greater, and the southern area refers to the Atlantic Ocean south of Great Egg Inlet, NJ (39°18’N), but excluding the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA Fisheries has determined that the Angling category southern area trophy bluefin tuna subquota has been reached and exceeded, prompting the closure. The decision is based on reported landings of 2.1 mt of bluefin from the Automated Catch Reporting System and the North Carolina Tagging Program.
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2017 Recreational Billfish Landings Posted Article originally published: March 15, 2018 | Courtesy: billfish.org
The National Marine Fisheries Service this week released its fourth quarter update on 2017 recreational billfish landings, rounding out landing estimates for the year.
These landing numbers come from a variety of sources including self-reported angler reports from the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) non-Tournament Recreational Swordfish and Billfish Landings Database, as well as tournament landings from the Atlantic Tournament Registration and Reporting system, catch card reports from North Carolina and Maryland, and individual billfish intercepted by the Large Pelagic Survey and Marine Recreational Information Program. Estimates may change due to late reporting.
The U.S. recreational billfish fishery is limited to a total landing of 250 individuals of Atlantic blue marlin, Atlantic white marlin, and Atlantic roundscale spearfish, combined. Western Atlantic sailfish are not included in this limit. The total number of these billfish landed and reported in 2017 is 125, just half of the amount allotted. Throughout 2017, NMFS reports landings of 58 Atlantic blue marlin (down from the 87 reported in 2016), 61 Atlantic white marlin (60 in 2016), and six roundscale spearfish (down from the 22 reported in 2016). There are 125 individuals remaining in the landings limit from 2017, a safe buffer for those billfish landed but unreported.
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