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NC Bluefin 2017 angling catch report

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    Posted: 20 March 2017 at 11:44am
Below is a prompt response for an inquiry my friend Jamie made to NCDMF regarding 2017 catch data for recreational catch reports for Bluefin tuna caught in NC, all of which must be reported:

"Thank you for asking about the NC Atlantic Bluefin tuna (ABT) data. The most comprehensive source for data for all NC ABT data is located at the NOAA Recreational Fisheries Statistics Queries page: http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/recreational-fisheries/data-and-documentation/queries/index

Once on the page, go to the Catch Data section on the right side and select HMS Catch Cards. The link will send you HMS Catch Card Census Query for both NC and Maryland. You can generate reports by year(s), by size, modes of fishing and size. The data can be outputted into a table, graph or CSV for download. This query will allow you to see how many of each size landed each year.    

I can also tell you that the 2017 preliminary data has 8 out of 18 recreational landed ABT are over 73”.

Date Landed     ABT Size
2/5/2017     93
2/6/2017     70
2/18/2017     70
2/18/2017     72
2/19/2017     72
2/19/2017     72
2/19/2017     71
2/19/2017     80
2/24/2017     93
2/25/2017     71
2/27/2017     90
2/27/2017     80
3/3/2017     66
3/6/2017     70
3/7/2017     72
3/7/2017     76
3/9/2017     98
3/9/2017     100

I hope this helps.


Dallis Tucker, Ph.D.
Biologist
NC Division of Marine Fisheries
Department of Environmental Quality"
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A question, if you continue to catch the larger tuna and do not give smaller tuna a chance to grow will this not hurt the breeding stock and size in the future ?
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CapRandy, the vast majority of the recreationally caught bluefin tuna is "school" sized fish that have never had a chance to spawn. These fish are predominantly caught in the mid to northern Atlantic. By the time these fish reach "trophy" size, they will have had the opportunity to spawn. School size bluefin are almost never caught off of North Carolina. As an update to the chart above, I am aware of at least three other fish being taken in North Carolina all were caught on Friday of last week. Of those only one was in the "trophy" category.

Edited by kknudsen - 21 March 2017 at 1:03pm
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