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Hello Green Harbor Tuna Club Members!
NOAA Fisheries is in the process of evaluating ways to improve the recreational bluefin tuna reporting system. In fact, most people should have received an email from NOAA Fisheries on Monday (Mar. 12th) asking for their participation in an online survey about the existing bluefin tuna reporting system.
During the April 29th GHTC General Meeting, a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) liaison and a State of Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries (DMF) liaison will introduce a newly developed Massachusetts Bluefin Tuna Pilot Survey which is designed to improve the timeliness and accuracy of reporting for recreational landed bluefin tuna.
One of the key goals to the new Pilot Survey is to gather landings information in as close to real-time as possible so that the US Recreational Bluefin Tuna quota can be fully utilized without exceeding the yearly allocation. Timely landings information will enable NMFS to make in-season adjustments as necessary ensuring that the yearly quota is not over or under utilized.
Massachusetts recreational bluefin tuna fishermen will be randomly selected to participate in the new voluntary Bluefin Tuna Pilot Survey. However, all Green Harbor Marina Recreational and Charter/Head Boat Bluefin Tuna Fishermen will be invited to participate in this voluntary Pilot Survey and we ask that everyone graciously adopt this new program. Green Harbor Marina has been selected as the first and only Marina in the state to be asked to participate exclusively in the Pilot Survey largely because the port of Green Harbor lands more recreational sized bluefin than any other port.
Further details will be presented during the April 29th GHTC General Meeting along with an opportunity to ask questions about the program.
Best Regards, Steven James
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Herring CHOIR letter & Upcoming NEFMC Public Hearing
I have attached a "sign-on" letter from CHOIR which asks the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) to increase observer coverage within the herring fishery and to impose more strict effort controls on the large midwater trawlers which scoop up huge amounts of both forage fish and bottom dwelling fish.
The depletion of forage fish throughout New England is becoming more and more evident each year and this is our opportunity to ask that management measures be put into place to restrict the over harvesting.
If you agree and support the attached letter (which I strongly encourage), please endorse the letter by identifying your vessel name, type of fishing you engage in (Charter, Commercial or Recreational) along with your name and sending it Chris Weiner for inclusion in the attached letter.
To endorse the letter, simply send an email to Chris Weiner firstname.lastname@example.org that states something like this:
I, Captain Steven James of the Charter Vessel "Quality Time" fully support and endorse the CHOIR letter drafted on February 27th 2012.
There are a number of herring hearings scheduled for this month through out the Northeast including an upcoming hearing in Plymouth (Mar. 27th).
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 Plymouth, Massachusetts 7:00 – 9:00 pm Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor 180 Water Street, Plymouth MA 02360 Phone: (508) 747-4900
If you can make the Plymouth hearing and state your opinion on the matter at hand, it will surely help the cause which will ultimately improve our fishing.
Thank you in advance.
Best Regards, Steven James