BlueFin Tuna Quota Change


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species News

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) adjusts the daily Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) retention limit for vessels permitted in the commercial Atlantic tunas General category and the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category for the time period of September 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009, from the default limit of one large medium or giant BFT to three large medium or giant BFT (measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) per vessel.  This action effectively maintains the General category daily retention limit that applied June 1, 2009, through August 31, 2009, for the remainder of the fishing year.
NMFS also adjusts the Harpoon category quota by transferring 25 metric tons (mt) from the Reserve.  With this transfer, the adjusted Harpoon category BFT quota for the 2009 fishing year is now 76.6 mt.

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Six people rescued from sinking boat out of Va Beach


The U.S. Coast Guard and some good Samaritans helped rescue six people from a sinking boat northeast of Lynnhaven Inlet on Sunday.

The 28-foot boat Fishbones was taking on water about 30 miles east of Elizabeth City, N.C., at about 8:30 a.m., a Coast Guard news release said. The crew of the Canyon Express relayed a distress message to the Coast Guard.

Virginia Pilot Boat Sinking Article

IFA Redfish Tour, Hobie Cat Company Announce Start Of Kayak-Only Fishing Tour In 2010


(Aug. 27, 2009)… The national leader in lucrative and high-level inshore tournaments across the southeastern United States, the IFA Redfish Tour takes inshore tournament fishing to the anglers – allowing them to fish close to home, minimize expenses and cash in on big purses. In keeping with the IFA’s desire to make inshore fishing more exciting, lucrative and accessible, the IFA announces a partnership with Hobie Cat Company, the makers of the industry’s most sought-after fishing kayaks, to form the IFA Kayak Fishing Tour Presented by Hobie Fishing. – News Center

Reggie Fountain talks about Chapter 11 filing


Fountain Powerboat Industries chairman and CEO Reggie Fountain was upbeat this morning as he talked about the plan to bring his company through Chapter 11 reorganization and to continue to build the boats that have borne his name since 1979.

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"I always like to be positive; my glass is always half-full, not half-empty," he told Soundings Trade Only.

Fountain, who currently owns 52 percent of the company’s stock, said he’s now in talks with nine potential investor groups and hopes to find a buyer soon.

Reggie Fountain talks about Chapter 11 filing

Raymarine confirms buyout talks with Garmin

In response to press speculation, British marine electronics manufacturer Raymarine has confirmed that it is in talks for the sale of the company with parties including American communication and navigation specialist Garmin.

Raymarine confirms buyout talks with Garmin

Chesapeake bridge closed to vehicle, water traffic after collision

The Gilmerton Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic this afternoon while divers clean up debris that was knocked into the water when a tug clipped the structure’s fender system, a city news release says.

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