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Old 03-28-2004, 01:22 PM
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I will be in the OBX for the month of May.

I would like to fillet the YFT and bring some home with me. Will probably vacumn bag and freeze them.

Is there something special to consider? Maximum number in possession? Manner in which they have to be identifiable?

Just want to avoid problems with the authorities.

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Old 03-28-2004, 01:23 PM
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Auguste, just curious... What does OBX stand for???
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Old 03-28-2004, 02:11 PM
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OBX == Outer Banks in North Carolina
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Old 03-28-2004, 02:21 PM
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Limit is 3 per person and they want only that three per on the boat now matter how long you're out . (I've heard from a couple sources and only do day trips, so I'd call the NC folks to make sure.) Here's the Recreational Fishing contat info from their site.
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Old 03-28-2004, 02:37 PM
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Thanks kmacker for the info.


I guess I need to clarify my question as I was not sufficiently clear.

Up here LIMIT is the number of fish you can catch in a day and have on your boat . . . POSSESSION is the number of fish you can have when you are not on the water. For example on Lake Ontario I can have a limit of 5 salmon and 10 salmon in my possession.

My plan is to fillet, vacumn pack and freeze some yellow fin tuna to bring home.

Are there regulations with respect to the number of fish I can transport?

Are there regulations rehow the tuna is to be packaged eg with skin on?

Anything else I should be aware of?

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Old 03-28-2004, 03:37 PM
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Now that's actually an interesting question. As far as I can determine, the regulations speak only to the question of "landings," which is defined as catching and returning fish to shore. There are specific rules governing what you can do to a fish on the boat. In general you have to leave them more or less intact so they can be readily measured for length and examined to determie species. But once you have landed the fish, you are on your own except for the prohibition on selling fish if you have an angling (non-commercial) category permit. Common sense would suggest that you do two things. First, keep a careful record of how many days you fished and how many YFT you landed on each day, and, if more than three per day, how many people were onboard. Second, don't push your luck by having 3000 pounds of tuna steaks in your coolers because on the odd chance you somehow come to the attention of the authorities, you will have a really hard time proving you wre not intending to sell it.

Just be sure none of those YFT have short pectoral fins and are actually school bluefin -- though I guess they would be gone by then.
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Old 03-28-2004, 03:44 PM
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I'm planning on trying my luck with tuna in NJ this summer. It sounds like I better search for Fubars tuna identification tutorial again.
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Here's a link to the Tuna Identification booklet -http://www.nmfspermits.com/other/Tuna99.PDF

Here's a link to where you pays your $22 bucks to the creeps-http://www.nmfspermits.com/PermitList.asp

Make sure that you have it onboard, the fines can be in the THOUSANDS! Good fishing!
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Old 03-28-2004, 06:22 PM
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Auguste

You can "transport" as many as you want. The only limit we have is a 3 per person per day. Of course, they must be of legal size according to species.

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Old 03-28-2004, 06:39 PM
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joe2nc

Thanks for the links

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Thanks re possession limits
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It's a federal limit on tuna, the same rules everywhere. You need the federal permit. 3 per person per trip/day. 1 day trip 3 tuna, 2 day trip 3 tuna. 27' minimum fork length on yellowfin. No sizeor bag limit on blackfin and you are likely to see them in May.
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Old 03-29-2004, 08:18 AM
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Auguste, keep the previous days catch in the truck... dont want them in the boat freezer. Also dont clean them until you get to the dock. You would have to keep the caracasses, and its hard to prove what meat went where.. I heard of some getting fined for that!!!
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Old 03-29-2004, 08:45 AM
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I checked the website for the permits.

Why are the 2004 permits not available yet??
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Old 03-29-2004, 10:41 AM
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JPBass1 - 2004-03-29 8:45 AM I checked the website for the permits. Why are the 2004 permits not available yet??
That's because the 2003 permits haven't yet expired. The permits are valid from June 1st to May 31st. So if you buy the permit now, you'll have to buy another if you plan to fish for tuna on or after 06/01/04
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