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Title: Charleston Bump and and East Florida Coast closed areas. Experiments
Short Name: Charleston Bump Experiments
Status: In Work

A research program that will allow commercial longline boats to fish the Charleston Bump, potentially putting more than 100,000 hooks in the water, angers offshore fishermen who fear the move is a prelude to reopening protected areas. The federal National Marine Fisheries Service has permitted three longline fishing boats - no more than two at a time - to put out a total of 289 sets of lines in areas along the Charleston Bump and off Florida that have been closed to fishing, as well as in waters nearby. It is a yearlong research program to see how well the once-depleted swordfish have recovered. The program is a ratcheted-down version of research requested by the Blue Water Fisherman's Association, a longline group, that would have allowed 13 boats


1. To collect information on the effectiveness of current bycatch reduction measures in closed areas where bycatch rates may be higher than in other areas and

2. To determine the effectiveness of [current] bycatch reduction measures [offset and non-offset circle hooks, bait requirements, bycatch release gear, and careful handling and release workshops] in these closed areas.

Supplemental Information:

Study was originally requested By Bluewaters Fishing Association


Theme Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None albacore tuna
None coastal sharks
None dolphin fish
None Obserevr. C-Hook
None pelagic sharks
None Swordfish
None Turtle Bycatch
None wahoo.Longline
None yellowfin tuna

Temporal Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None 2008

Spatial Keywords

Thesaurus Keyword
None Charleston Bump
None Florida East Coast

Physical Location

Organization: Southeast Fisheries Science Center
City: Miami
State/Province: FL
Country: USA

Support Roles

Point of Contact

CC ID: 181278
Date Effective From: 2006-01-01
Date Effective To:
Contact (Person): Beerkircher, Larry
Address: 75 Virginia Beach Drive
Miami, FL 33149
Email Address:
Phone: 305-361-4290
Contact Instructions:

Phone or email

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Extent Group 1

Extent Group 1 / Geographic Area 1

CC ID: 25531

Waters approximately 40 miles North of Ft Pierce, Fl beginning at 28 degrees Lat. and seaward of the axis of the Gulf Stream until 30 degrees N. Lat; then continuing north and east seaward of the 100 fathom contour to the northern boundary of the Charleston Bump closed area.

Access Information

Security Class: Confidential
Data Access Policy:

Contact Data steward

Data Access Procedure:

Read and sign for NOAA Administrative Order 216-100

Read and sign System Access Application (see URLs)

Contact DBA Daniel Leon for userid/password.

Data Access Constraints:

Access is restricted to personnel authorized in accordance with NOAA Administrative Order 216-100. A signed non-disclosure agreement must be on file for all authorized personnel.

Data Use Constraints:

Please cite data.

Please be cognizant of meta data

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Glossary Terms and Definitions

Charleston Bump

CC ID: 25530

The Charleston Bump is a bathometric shallowing from about 2000 feet to 1200 feet over which the Gulf Stream flows

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Catalog Details

Catalog Item ID: 7002
GUID: gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:7002
Metadata Record Created By: Lee M Weinberger
Metadata Record Created: 2008-02-20 08:51+0000
Metadata Record Last Modified By: SysAdmin InPortAdmin
Metadata Record Last Modified: 2022-08-09 17:11+0000
Metadata Record Published: 2021-05-06
Owner Org: SEFSC
Metadata Publication Status: Published Externally
Do Not Publish?: N
Metadata Last Review Date: 2021-05-06
Metadata Review Frequency: 1 Year
Metadata Next Review Date: 2022-05-06