HIGHLY MIGRATORY SPECIES REPORT
By John Koegler
from Jersey Coast Anglers Association - May 1996 Newspaper)
Since January, so many reports have been sent by NMFS- Highly Migratory species division that a list of major issues is needed. The full future impact of these reports on recreational fishermen is very difficult, if not impossible, to totally comprehend.
Important from South AtlanticManagement Council
Coastal Pelagics regulations extended to North East areas for King and Spanish mackerel, cobia, false albacore and in the future, dolphin. Charter boat/ headboat Paid permit is required, with a moratorium on new permits in the Gulf of Mexico
Dr. William Hogarth was appointed acting chief of NMFS- Highly Migratory Species Division Fishery Management in January for 120 days. New and renewed 1996 Fishery management Plans, rules and regulations have become a torrent. The sheer amount is overwhelming, even for those who try hard to keep up with Federal requlations. Let's review several issues of immediate concern.
NMFS has a new Large Pelagic Survey (LPS) procedure for estimating recreational bluefin tuna landings. The new procedure plus a higher number of permitted vessels together appear to double recreational landings, independent of the raw data input. These higher numbers are unsupported by outside data. An over-count This huge, plus a ridiculously low recreational quota, will eliminate meaningful future recreation participation in the non-sale bluefin tuna fishery.
John Koegler is a member of
Thousand Fathom South Club and
Chairman of the JCAA Large