2017 Recreational Atlantic Billfish Landings Updates

These notices are a courtesy to Atlantic billfish fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. Catch statistics from previous months are available below or by contacting Jennifer Cudney at (727) 824-5399.

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 Atlantic Tournament Registration & Reporting (ATR) system; 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 change due to late reporting. As specified in 50 CFR Part 635.27(d) (1), the recreational billfish fishery is limited to a maximum of 250 Atlantic blue and white marlin and roundscale spearfish landings, combined, per year.

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4th Quarter 2017 Fishing Year

Posted March 14, 2018

Preliminary 2017 (January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017) landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish.

Species 2017
(Q1 - Q4)
2016
Atlantic Blue Marlin 58 87
Atlantic White Marlin 61 60
Roundscale Spearfish 6 22
Total 125 169
Remaining Landings Limit (of 250) 125 81
Western Atlantic Sailfish* 105 114

* Western Atlantic sailfish are not included in the 250 fish landings limit for Atlantic blue and white marlin/roundscale spearfish.  

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3rd Quarter 2017 Fishing Year

Posted November 7, 2017

Preliminary 2017 (January 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017) landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish.

Species 2017
(Q1 - Q3)
2016
Atlantic Blue Marlin 46 80
Atlantic White Marlin 49 60
Roundscale Spearfish 0 22
Total 95 162
Remaining Landings Limit (of 250) 155 88
Western Atlantic Sailfish* 89 114

* Western Atlantic sailfish are not included in the 250 fish landings limit for Atlantic blue and white marlin/roundscale spearfish.  

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2nd Quarter 2017 Fishing Year

Posted August 8, 2017

Preliminary 2017 (January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2017) landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish.

 

Species 2017
(Q1 - Q2)
2016
Atlantic Blue Marlin 29 80
Atlantic White Marlin 1 60
Roundscale Spearfish 0 22
Total 30 162
Remaining Landings Limit (of 250) 220 88
Western Atlantic Sailfish* 73 114

* Western Atlantic sailfish are not included in the 250 fish landings limit for Atlantic blue and white marlin/roundscale spearfish.  

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1st Quarter 2017 Fishing Year

Posted May 25, 2017

Preliminary 2017 (January 1, 2017 through March 31, 2017) landings in numbers of fish for Atlantic blue and white marlin, roundscale spearfish, and western Atlantic sailfish.

Species 2017
(Q1)
2016
Atlantic Blue Marlin 0 80
Atlantic White Marlin 0 59
Roundscale Spearfish 0 22
Total 0 161
Remaining Landings Limit (of 250) 250 89
Western Atlantic Sailfish* 40 114

* Western Atlantic sailfish are not included in the 250 fish landings limit for Atlantic blue and white marlin/roundscale spearfish.  

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