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NOAA Fisheries Announces that it will Select all Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Tournaments for Reporting

December 10, 2018

Beginning January 1, 2019, all Atlantic highly migratory species tournaments will be required to submit catch summaries.

Nicolas Alvarado
Fishery Management Specialist
(727) 824-5399

Catch Reporting

An Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) tournament is a tournament that awards points or prizes for catching Atlantic highly migratory species (i.e., swordfish, billfish, sharks and/or tunas). All Atlantic highly migratory species tournament operators will be required to submit an HMS tournament catch summary report within seven days after tournament fishing has ended. Most of the catch data in the summary report are routinely collected in the course of regular tournament operations. NOAA Fisheries uses the data to estimate the total annual catch of highly migratory species and the impact of tournament operations in relation to other types of fishing activities. 

Tournament Registration

Existing regulations require operators of Atlantic highly migratory species tournaments to register four weeks in advance of the tournament. Operators must provide contact information and the tournament’s date(s), location(s), and target species. Tournament registration can be done through the Atlantic Tournament Registration and Reporting system.

Tournament operators can also request educational and regulatory outreach materials from NOAA Fisheries at the time of registration.

For further information concerning reporting please contact Arietta Venizelos at 305-361-4214.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on December 13, 2018