View Full Version : NOAA Rejects Longline Swordfish Permit but Remains Committed to Research in Closed Areas

NOAA Reporter
08-09-2007, 04:44 PM
NOAA Fisheries will not issue an exempted fishing permit to a fisherman’s association to longline for swordfish in two areas off the Southeast coast that have been closed to pelagic longlining since 2001. However, NOAA Fisheries is exploring options to conduct rigorous scientific research in the closed areas on how recent gear changes in the pelagic longline fishery will affect catch and bycatch rates.

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