The recent adjustments to bluefin tuna regulations are sure to have an impact on many tuna fisherman this season.
As it stands, the recreational sector may harvest one bluefin measuring from 27 inches to less than 59 inches per trip, per vessel. I am sure has the regulations have their reasoning, but has common sense factored into the final decision of the National Marine Fisheries Service?
Tournament tuna angler and conservationist Matt Boomer of Maryland would like to see the NMFS consider regulations that allow each vessel to harvest one fish below (say 50 inches) or closely above 59 inches. During the tuna battle, quick decisions can then be made by the captain to either harvest that fish or let him go without further harm to any and all tuna during the measuring process.