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I was on the understanding that a boat can only hold one tunas permit. It is either recreational, which allows one to fish recreationally, or they can hold a charter/headboat permit, which allows the permit holder to fish said boat foor tunas using that permit ONLY WHEN ON A CHARTER. This update to the hms permit site says specifically that charter/headboat permit holders may fish recreationally under that permit as well? I only paid attention to this because I switched my permit around a couple of times last season because the people I spoke with on the phone said the permits were not interchangable, however you can switch a charter permit over to a recreational permit, but you need to have the proper documentation on board for whatever type of fishing you are doing at that time... interesting.

News last updated: 3/22/2007
NMFS Adjusts Recreational BFT Bag Limit in NC
During the effective dates of March 24, 2007, through April 15, 2007, HMS Angling category and HMS Charter/Headboat permit holders (when fishing recreationally) may retain one school bluefin tuna (measuring 27 inches to less than 47 inches) while fishing in the EEZ off North Carolina or the North Carolina territorial sea. School bluefin tuna must be landed (i.e., brought to the dock) in the state of North Carolina and reported and tagged at a state reporting station. Please call 1-800-228-7804 to locate the nearest state reporting station. The retention limits described above are in addition to one trophy BFT (73 inches or greater) per year which may be landed (brought to the dock) by HMS Angling category or HMS Charter/Headboat permit holders (when fishing recreationally) NMFS may determine that additional actions are necessary to ensure available quota is not exceeded or to enhance scientific data collection from, and fishing opportunities in, all geographic areas. Subsequent adjustments to the daily retention limits, if any, will be announced through publication in the Federal Register. In addition, permit holders may visit the following website: NMFS Permit Shop, or call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at (888) 872-8862 or (978) 281-9260 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
 

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When on a fun trip you collect money for gas so if they ask its a charter too, just a cheaper charter then usual. Bend the truth in your direction. Martin:D
 
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