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Tag Atlantic Tuna Project On Facebook

Posted by John LoGioco on April 14, 2014 at 3:59pm 0 Comments

Hi folks - We created a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AtlanticTunaProject to make it easy for you to share your tagging stories and adventures.  Check it out and if you like what you see, LIKE the page so we can stay connected.  If you have ideas or suggestions on what you would like to see there, please let us know.  Kudos to Parker Crawford for pushing this next expansion of the project.…

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Long Liners Taking Recreational Quota To Toss Dead Bluefin Over The Rail

Posted by John LoGioco on December 26, 2013 at 12:01pm 0 Comments

Hi folks, as you know there is much brewing over at National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS).  The big issue on the table is how does the USA account for the tragedy of long liners mistakenly catching bluefin tuna on their hooks, and unable to land them, have to toss them over the rail, dead, for crab food as they sink to the ocean floor.  This is called Dead Discard and its an issue that needs solving.…

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Celebrating Dad's Birthday At The Chicken Canyon

Posted by John LoGioco on August 2, 2013 at 11:16am 0 Comments

(The first 50 seconds has the amazing dolphin footage)

My brother Jeff and I had the pleasure of sharing our Dad’s 70th birthday with him fishing offshore at the Chicken Canyon, 65 miles off the New Jersey coast. The weather was perfect, with light and variable winds and seas 2-3 feet. We met at the boat 3:30AM and pushed off shortly thereafter. Running out in the dark Dad…

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Tagging Sharks Off New Jersey Coast

Posted by John LoGioco on June 25, 2013 at 4:59pm 3 Comments

   

The journey started last Fall when I decided to pull the trigger on a 33’ Hydrasport center console.  Then came Sandy, then winter,  then Spring, then baseball and finally on June 21st, I captained my own boat offshore.  Joining me was my usual partner in crime Geoff Taylor.   After two crazy days of preparation getting safety equipment, chum, bait and two trips to West Marine, we were ready to head offshore for a shark tagging adventure.  The goal was…

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More Amazing Tuna-Tagging Action in Panama

Posted by Geoff Taylor on June 25, 2013 at 4:53pm 1 Comment

Arriving that the Lodge around noon on Saturday, we are treated to a nice lunch on the patio which is wrapped up rather quickly and we all switch into rigging mode.  The preparation of rods, drags, leaders, crimps, plugs, and jigs takes the remainder of the afternoon while enjoying a few Balboa beers, “beer for men” as the local saying goes.  An impromptu “snook tournament” ensues after dinner and with everyone itching to…

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75 Yellowfin Tuna Tagged, Six Anglers, Five Days

Posted by John LoGioco on June 7, 2013 at 5:20pm 2 Comments

75.  That is the number of yellowfin tuna our squad of six anglers tagged in five days of fishing at the Panama Sport Fishing lodge during the week of May 20th, 2013.  The yellowfin ranged from 20 pounds to 205 pounds.  It was the best fishing any of us have ever experienced.  To put this accomplishment in perspective 12 anglers in 2011 (many of them professional) tagged 56 yellowfin, last…

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Atlantic Tuna Project Supports Local Charity

Posted by John LoGioco on December 15, 2012 at 5:25pm 0 Comments

Today my boys made a home made tag stick and assembled some Atlantic Tuna Project shirts, hats and lures for donation to Pride Fishing in Red Bank New Jersey.  Owner of Pride, Max Berry is holding…

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90% of bluefins winter diet = menhaden

Posted by Wendelin Giebel on December 15, 2012 at 9:54am 1 Comment

ASMFC  has collapsed the east coast menhaden stock.  Record low numbers of menhaden in the water again this year. Bluefin eat menhaden in winter on east coast, exceeding 90% of their caloric input.  ASMFC's

mathematical modeling of stock is more akin to voodoo than what they call "science" . Menhaden should be removed from the auspices of a corrupted ASMFC and managed solely by NMFS, catch of menhaden should be reduced by more than the reductions contemplated by ASMFC.  The future of…

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Decoding Shark Conservation / Confusion

Posted by John LoGioco on August 28, 2012 at 2:27pm 0 Comments

There seems to be a lot of energy being expended questioning Guy Harvey’s commitment to the recreational fishing community due to his backing of the Shark Free Marina Initiative.  I have read the post on Sportfishermen.com and Guy Harvey’s open letter response on his…

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A Day In The Life Here At The Project

Posted by John LoGioco on August 18, 2012 at 10:03pm 0 Comments

Had a great day here at the Atlantic Tuna Project.  One of our tagging member charter boats, MR Charters, needed a refill on gear so my nine year old son Oliver volunteered to help today.  He packed the…

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