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Atlantic bluefin tuna quota increased for December

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You can catch more tuna in the Atlantic Ocean this holiday season. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Tuesday, Dec. 3 that it is increasing the daily quota for Atlantic bluefin tuna from three to five medium or large fish per day or trip. The change is effective immediately and lasts through the end of the year so maybe more people will serve tuna for Christmas dinner or at holiday parties.

Read NMFS' announcement at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-03/html/2013-28903.htm.

The minimun length equals 73 inches (185 cm) curved fork length.

NMFS is increasing the limit because based on data as of Nov. 26, it determined it is “highly unlikely” that the annual quota for 2013 would be reached under the former limits. NMFS reserves the right to adjust the limit again but doesn't foresee doing so.

The new limit does not apply in the Gulf of Mexico.

For updates, call call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at (888) 872-8862 or see www.hmspermits.gov.

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