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NMFS has extended the comment period on the longliners' proposal to fish inside the closed areas until April 25. PLEASE send in comments against this misguided proposal.

You can even email them to:

[email protected]

Include in the subject line the following
identifier: I.D. 030107C.

More info is here:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/EFPs/Bluewater Request for EFP FR notice 3-13-07.pdf

It took a tremendous effort for us to convince NMFS to close these areas to longlining in the first place. The closures have done a good job of reducing longline bycatch of juvenile swords, marlins, sails, sharks, etc. The recreational swordfish fishery has rebounded since these closures went into effect. It would be a bad idea to open these areas back up to such an indiscriminate fishing gear.

Please take a couple of minutes to send an email. Thanks.
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