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NMFS ADJUSTS GENERAL CATEGORY ATLANTIC BLUEFIN TUNA DAILY RETENTION LIMITS

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) waives the previously designated General category restricted fishing days (RFDs) for January 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, 2006. The daily retention limit on these days is increased from zero to two large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT), measuring 73 inches (185 cm) curved fork length (CFL) or larger. Based on a review of dealer reports, daily landing trends, available quota, weather conditions, and the availability of BFT on the fishing grounds, NMFS has determined that waiving these RFDs and increasing the General category daily BFT retention limit is warranted. NMFS selected the RFDs being waived after examining current fishing year catch and effort rates, previous fishing years catch and effort rates, and the available quota for the 2005 fishing year. NMFS will continue to monitor the BFT fishery closely through dealer landing reports. Depending on the level of fishing effort and catch rates of BFT, NMFS may determine that additional retention limit adjustments are necessary to ensure available quota is not exceeded or, to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. Closures or subsequent adjustments to the daily retention limits, if any, will be published in the Federal Register. In addition, fishermen may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at (888) 872-8862 or (978) 281-9260, or access the Internet at www.nmfspermits.com for updates on quota monitoring and retention limit adjustments. This notice is a courtesy to BFT fishery permit holders to help keep you informed about your fishery. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. For further information contact Brad McHale, 978-281-9260.

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