NMFS Closes Bluefin Fishery, Tag & Release OK

Folks, NMFS has closed the large medium and giant Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery for the General Category (commercial category) and for charter boats fishing commercially on January 22nd, 2012.  For recreational bluefin fishermen, this mostly impacts boats fishing right now in North Carolina where the fish are big and the captains make an agreement with charters that the boat keeps fish to sell under their commercial license. 
However, even with this closure, all these medium and giants can still be caught, they just need to be released - and hopefully tagged.  Any boats that are fishing bluefin and want to order free tags from NOAA, here are the easy steps.
Here is the official release.......

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