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  Why This Is Ridiculous!

  1. Offshore tournaments bring in a lot of money to local communities.

  2. I have never killed a fish because I was trolling bait.

  3. I have never killed a fish because I was trolling a bait / lure combination.

  4. Offshore tournaments or so called Billfish tournaments also have many different categories other than Billfish and the circle hook does not work well on them while trolling which is the best means to catch them…Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi, Tuna.

  5. There are many other areas of concern, like commercial longlining that are responsible for more the 98% of Billfish mortality!


Comments on Proposed Billfish Circle Hook Rule


Dear NACO Member,

The following information is a follow up to the notice we sent to you yesterday regarding the Atlantic Billfish Tournament Circle hooks issue.


SUMMARY: NMFS proposes to temporarily suspend circle hook requirements for anglers participating in Atlantic billfish tournaments. The final
rule implementing the Final Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan (FCHMS FMP) published in the Federal Register on October 2, 2006, and
restricted anglers fishing from HMS permitted vessels and participating in Atlantic billfish tournaments to deploying only non-offset circle
hooks when using natural baits or natural bait/artificial lure combinations, effective 12:01 am, January 1, 2007. The purpose of the
final rule was to reduce post-release mortality of Atlantic billfish and other species with which billfish tournament anglers may interact.
NMFS has continued to receive public comment since publication of the Final CHMS FMP regarding the perceived impacts of the billfish
tournament non-offset circle hook requirement. The objective of this proposed rulemaking is to increase post-release survival of Atlantic
billfishes by improving long-term compliance with billfish tournament non-offset circle hook regulations.

DATES: Written comments on the proposed rule must be received by March 30, 2007.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed rule or the Draft
Environmental Assessment (Draft EA) may be submitted to Russell Dunn or Randy Blankinship, Fisheries Management Specialists, Highly Migratory
Species Management Division, using any of the following methods:
0648-AV25@noaa.gov Please include the following in
the subject line: ``Comments on Proposed Billfish Circle Hook Rule.''
    Mail: NOAA/NMFS HMS Management Division, 263 13th Avenue
South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Please mark the outside of the
envelope ``Comments on Proposed Billfish Circle Hook Rule''.
    Fax: 727-824-5398.
    Federal e-Rulemaking Portal:

    The hearing locations are:
    1. March 27, 2007 from 7 - 9 p.m. Worcester County Library, Snow Hill Branch, 307 North Washington Street, Snow Hill, Maryland, 21863.
    2. March 28, 2007 from 7 - 9 p.m. Broward County Library, Main Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301.
    3. March 29, 2007 from 7 - 9 p.m. Carteret Community College, Joslyn Hall, H.J. McGee, Jr. Building, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557-2989.

Copies of the Draft EA, the 2006 FCHMS FMP and other relevant documents are available from the Highly Migratory Species Management
Division website at
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms or by contacting Russell Dunn or Randy Blankinship (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Russell Dunn or Randy Blankinship, by phone: 727-824-5399; by fax: 727-824-5398.

Keeping You Informed
National Association of Charterboat Operators (NACO)