U.S. Coast Guard officers from Station Barnegat Light and Manasquan Inlet recently caught three recreational fishing crews in the Atlantic fishing without the correct permits. One fishing party was fishing for bluefin tuna without a Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fishing permit, according to an announcement by U.S, Coast Guard 5th Detachment PA in Atlantic City.
Fishing for bluefin tuna without a HMS fishing permit subjects the offender to a $500 fine for the first offense and $750 for subsequent offenses.
“Enforcing safety and fishing regulations for Highly Migratory Species is one of our priorities,” said Lt. j.g. Henry Dunphy, an Enforcement Officer at Sector Delaware Bay. “We work alongside our partner agencies to make sure that these fisheries are protected and sustainable so they are available to both recreational and commercial fishermen for generations to come.”
The Coast Guard would like to remind fishermen to obtain proper National Marine Fisheries Service permits, which can be obtained through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s website: https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/
The following video by Petty Officer 3rd Class David Micallef show as Coast Guard crew boarding a fishing boat off of Point Pleasant Beach. The officers checked to make sure the vessel had the proper safety equipment, permits and that the party was not over fishing or in possession of undersized fish. The boarding crew issued several violations, according to the video caption.