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Old 07-11-2019, 12:34 PM
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If i catch a bluefin over 73", am i allowed to keep it or am i legally required to sell it?

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Originally Posted by Mrsamson View Post
If i catch a bluefin over 73", am i allowed to keep it or am i legally required to sell it?

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trophy category is closed. So you need a commercial license to sell. I assume your talking about the Northeast fishery and not GOM.
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damb good question. i am gonna call noaa tomorrow and ask !.
Old 07-11-2019, 05:28 PM
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You can get a number from a fish buyer which you register with noaa which makes it legal to keep a over 73 inch fish if you have a commercial license.

it is normally used if the fish buyer doesn’t buy the fish for a quality issue. Now that bft prices are at .50 cents a pound you can get a number from buyers pretty easy.
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Originally Posted by 32regulator View Post
You can get a number from a fish buyer which you register with noaa which makes it legal to keep a over 73 inch fish if you have a commercial license.

it is normally used if the fish buyer doesn’t buy the fish for a quality issue. Now that bft prices are at .50 cents a pound you can get a number from buyers pretty easy.
👍 makes sense. what if if was all f’d up and you could not sell it... then what ?
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Don't waste your time right now, I came in with a beautiful 101 inch fish last Saturday and could not sell it. Market bottomed out while we were out. Spoke with four local buyers, not interested and was told not to fish for a couple of weeks. I am a commercial boat. The angler category for giants is closed so no you can not sell it or keep it.
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if you do sell it, you are required to have all that is required of a commercial fishing vessel in your size range.
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everyone understands were talking about legit commercial or hms charter/head boat with valid landing permit. everyone knows trophy is closed. it was a good question.
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But wicked tuna just paid $2M/pound!
Old 07-11-2019, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Nicknotsebastian View Post


👍 makes sense. what if if was all f’d up and you could not sell it... then what ?
Same thing would happen. Get code from buyer and register as unsellable through NOAA.
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.50 a pound...holy crap I would've thought it was well north of there.
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Originally Posted by fishinmaniac View Post
.50 a pound...holy crap I would've thought it was well north of there.
Wicked tuna bro... Prices have been shit for a while but the show depicts otherwise
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
But wicked tuna just paid $2M/pound!
Wow... insane.

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