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Release: Immediate
Date: June 24, 2015
Contact: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest Closure of Atlantic Dolphin
Extended to June 30, 2015

The commercial harvest of Atlantic dolphin (mahi-mahi) from Maine through the east coast of Florida will reopen from 4:15 p.m. (local time), June 24, until 12:01 a.m. (local time) June 30, 2015.  A previous Federal Register notification announced the commercial sector for dolphin would close at 12:01 a.m. June 24, 2015. However, a landings update indicates the dolphin catch limit has not yet been met. Information received from fishermen after the notification indicates that some vessels are far offshore and need additional time to return to port.  Therefore, we are reopening the commercial sector for five days to allow for the catch limit to be caught and for vessels to return to port without having to discard dolphin.

The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for dolphin-wahoo that is landing dolphin for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such dolphin prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 30, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of dolphin that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 30, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of dolphin is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of dolphin is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters for vessels with a federal commercial permit.
  • This closure is necessary to protect the dolphin-wahoo fishery because the commercial annual catch limit will be reached.

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council has developed a fishery management plan amendment that would increase the commercial sector's dolphin allocation from 7.54% to 10%, and the resulting catch limit from 1,157,001 pounds whole weight to 1,534,485 pounds whole weight.  If the amendment is approved and landings are below the catch limit, the commercial sector will be reopened later this year.

FB15-043


Release: Immediate
Date: June 19, 2015
Contact: NOAA Sustainable Fisheries Division
Phone: 727-824-5305

Commercial Harvest of Atlantic Dolphin Will Close on June 24, 2015

The commercial harvest of Atlantic dolphin from Maine through the east coast of Florida will be closed, effective 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 24, 2015. Commercial harvest will reopen at 12:01 a.m. (local time) on January 1, 2016. Reports indicate that landings are approaching the 2015 catch limit for the commercial sector.

The operator of a vessel with a federal commercial permit for dolphin-wahoo that is landing dolphin for sale must have landed and bartered, traded, or sold such dolphin prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 24, 2015. The prohibition on sale does not apply to sale or purchase of dolphin that were harvested, landed ashore, and sold prior to 12:01 a.m. (local time), June 24, 2015, and held in cold storage by a dealer or processor.

During the closure:

  • Harvest or possession of dolphin is limited to the recreational bag and possession limits.
  • Sale and purchase of dolphin is prohibited.
  • The closure applies in both state and federal waters.

This closure is necessary to protect the dolphin-wahoo fishery.

FB15-042


Release: Immediate
Date: June 18, 2015
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021

State asking fishermen, swimmers to take steps to
avoid attracting sharks to swimming areas

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries is asking fishermen and swimmers to voluntarily take steps to avoid attracting sharks to areas and at times when people are swimming.

Here are some steps anglers can avoid attracting sharks to swimming areas:

  • Avoid fishing among swimmers. Fishing for any species on a crowded beach can cause injuries.
  • Schedule beach fishing times at night or in the early morning, before the beaches get crowded.
  • Never actively chum for sharks along a swimming beach. This increases the chances sharks may enter the area and in a feeding mode. Additionally, hooking a large shark on a swimming beach could result in the angler cutting himself or others with the fishing line.

Sharks are predatory fishes that are common in the nearshore coastal waters of North Carolina, particularly during summer. They are attracted to the numerous baitfish, as well as pier structures, but can occur throughout the surf zone.

Here are some steps swimmers can take to prevent shark attacks:

  • Avoid swimming in areas where people are fishing.
  • Do not enter the water if you are bleeding, because a shark’s sense of smell is highly sensitive.
  • Avoid wearing shiny jewelry that a shark may mistake for a fish.

These and other tips for swimmers can be found in a brochure called Shark Sense, published by N.C. Sea Grant and available online at http://ncseagrant.ncsu.edu/ncseagrant_docs/products/2000s/shark_sense.pdf.

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