5 Mar 2007

New Regulations from the US NMFS

The US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued new regulations regarding anglers fishing from Highly Migratory Species (HMS) permitted vessels (also a requirement) in Atlantic Billfish Tournaments.

Specifically: From 1st Jan 2007 anglers must deploy only non-offset circle hooks when using natural baits and may not use J hooks with natural baits or natural bait / lure combinations. J hooks may only be used with artificial lures.

Annual retained landings of Atlantic white and blue marlin will be capped at 250.

More info:

The Billfish Foundation (TBF)

The International Game Fish Association