Fisheries Agency Closes Longline Blue Fin Fishery

     WASHINGTON (CN) – The National Marine Fisheries Service is closing the longline Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery south of the 31st parallel because the fishery has exceeded its annual quota of 44.9 metric tons.
     According to commercial data the service says southern longline fishing boats had landed 46.9 metric tons of the increasingly rare bluefin tunas as of May 16.
     The United States is signatory to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas which allocates catch by nation. Each country makes its own domestic allocations and holds back a reserve amount in case a category overshoots its limit.
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