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Old 08-15-2002, 02:46 PM   #1
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I was checked by the DEC tuesday and they said that I need a Tuna Permit to possess false albacore. Is this true? How do I get a tuna permit and how much is it. I do not fish for tuna regulkarly, however, have chased bonita, skipjack, false albacore and even caught a few blackfin. I was not aware that I needed a permit, I thought you need a permit for albacore, bluefin and bigeye only. I am in NY, don't know if that makes a difference. Does anyone know what the fine would have been? Also is their a source that I could go to that tells me bout offshore species and what permits are required to fish for them. Thanks
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Old 08-15-2002, 04:06 PM   #2
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This is were you can get what you need.

I can not tell you the exact amount of the fine, but it is high.
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Old 08-15-2002, 04:36 PM   #3
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If I were a betting man I'd say you don't need a NMFS Recreational Tuna Permit for False Albacore(Euthynnus Alletteratus). A NMFS permit is required for Albacore (Thunnus Alalunga). They are totally different fish. False Albacore have no food value and not fished commercially. Of course, NY may be different, in that case a local permit may be necessary.
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Old 08-15-2002, 04:49 PM   #4
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It's getting so anymore that if you fish for any of the tuna family, you need the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) permit. It's like a drivers license, you almost never need to show it, but when if you do and don't have it . . . . . . [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif[/img]
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Old 08-16-2002, 06:46 AM   #5
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I'm not sure about the false albacore but I do know you need one for the skippies. You do not need one for the blackfins. The permit only costs liek $20 and you can do it all online and print it yourself so its easy enough. Also gives you iece of mind for when that yellow fin comes along you'll know its legal to keep him.

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Old 08-16-2002, 06:50 AM   #6
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The permit is not required for false albacore. From the NMFS website FAQ:

Q: If I want to fish for Atlantic tunas, do I need a permit? Which species and what areas are covered?
A: Yes, all boat owners/operators fishing for Atlantic bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin, albacore, or skipjack tuna in the Atlantic, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, must obtain a permit. Only one category may be assigned to a vessel per year. The permit categories (and allowable gear types) are as follows: General Category Allowable Gear: rod and reel (including downriggers), handline, harpoon, and bandit gear; Charter/Headboat Category Allowable Gear: rod and reel (including downriggers), handline and bandit gear; Angling (recreational) Category Allowable Gear: rod and reel (including downriggers), handline; Harpoon Boat Category Allowable Gear: harpoon; Trap Category Allowable Gear: pound net, fish weir; Purse Seine (limited access) Category Allowable Gear: purse seine; Longline (limited access) Category Allowable Gear: longline.
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Old 08-16-2002, 08:44 AM   #7
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You DO NOT need a permit to possess fale albies or blackfin. You do need one for the other species.

False Albies (also known as Little Tunny) are landed commercially.

In 2000, 461,230 pounds were landed commercially and sold for $122,082, so it sounds like they are selling for catfood or chum.

The data come from this site:
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Old 08-17-2002, 07:24 PM   #8
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I just got mine off of the site. piece of cake, the hardest part is coughing up the 27 bucks. Printed it out and everything. Very user friendly.
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