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Fishing News and Tide Chart
March 22, 2018

PSWSFA Partners With ODU for Second Annual Monarch Cobia Classic
Submitted by Joy Jefferson

FI2 22mar18The Old Dominion University Alumni Association (ODUAA), in association with the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association (PSWSFA), enthusiastically announces its second annual Monarch Cobia Classic to take place July 19- 21, 2018, at Marina Shores in Virginia Beach.

This year, the ODUAA is happy to have the PSWSFA as a partner in this fun-filled cobia tournament. Established in 1957, the PSWSFA promotes the enjoyment of recreational saltwater fishing and provides educational opportunities for anglers. The PSWFSA’s longstanding relationship with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) allows the tournament to include a research component concerning cobia. The tournament promises to be exciting and, as part of the ODUAA’s signature event series, will benefit the ODUAA scholarship fund and programs, and VIMS.

Through the philanthropy provided by our signature events and dedicated friends of the University, the Alumni Association currently provides 34 scholarships to students annually and programming for alumni across the globe. With your help, we can increase that number. Your support will be greatly appreciated by ODU students, alumni and anglers in the Hampton Roads community.

Whether you become a sponsor, register as an angler, or simply make a donation, your involvement will help Old Dominion students and VIMS research.  For more information about the tournament, please visit

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery, Southern Area Trophy Fishery Closes
Submitted by Ken Neill

FI 22mar18NOAA Fisheries closes the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery for large medium and giant "trophy" BFT (measuring 73" or greater) in the southern area effective 11:30 p.m. local time, Saturday, March 17, 2018, through December 31, 2018. The southern area is the area south of 39°18'N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ), outside the Gulf of Mexico.

Based on reported landings of 2.1 mt from the NOAA Fisheries Automated Catch Reporting System and the North Carolina Tagging Program as of March 9, 2018, NOAA Fisheries has determined that the codified Angling category southern area trophy BFT subquota has been reached and exceeded and that the trophy fishery should be closed in that area. Retaining, possessing, or landing large medium or giant BFT south of 39°18' N. lat. and outside the Gulf of Mexico by persons aboard vessels permitted in the HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally) must cease at 11:30 p.m. local time on March 17, 2018. The intent of this closure is to prevent any further over-harvest of the Angling category southern area trophy BFT subquota.

The annual Angling category trophy limit of one large medium or giant BFT per vessel remains in effect for vessels fishing in the northern area and in the Gulf of Mexico area. The Angling category fishery for BFT measuring 27 to less than 73" is open except in the Gulf of Mexico. Catch-and-release fishing is permissible as described below.

This closure applies to vessels permitted in the HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category fishing recreationally in the southern area (defined in bold above). Fishermen may catch and release or tag and release BFT of all sizes, subject to the requirements of HMS catch-and-release and tag-and-release programs. NOAA Fisheries regulations require that all BFT that are released be handled in a manner that will maximize their survival, and without removing the fish from the water. For additional information on safe handling, see the Careful Catch and Release brochure. HMS Charter/Headboat and Angling category vessel owners are required to report the catch of all BFT retained or discarded dead, within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip, by accessing the HMS Permit Shop or by using the HMS Catch Reporting App.

This notice is a courtesy to BFT fishery permit holders to help keep you informed about the fishery. For more information on BFT fishing regulations, including recreational size and retention limits, please go to the HMS Permit Shop or call (978) 281-9260. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.


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