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Feds Consider Permits for Anglers

April 26, 2002

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WASHINGTON (AP) _ The federal government is considering requiring recreational anglers to get a permit before fishing for species such as swordfish and shark in the Atlantic.

The permits would be required before fishing for highly migratory species of tunas, billfish, swordfish and sharks, the National Marine Fisheries Service said.

``The use of an annual permit in the HMS recreational category will allow us to better define how anglers participate in the Atlantic highly migratory species fisheries and affect the economies of coastal communities,″ said Bill Hogarth, director of the fisheries division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Christopher Rogers said the proposal adds several species to current permit requirements. The permits would cover a year and would cost about $27, he said.

While recreational anglers are not now required to get permits to fish for most of these species, there are bag limits on many of them.

The agency is seeking comments on its proposal which can be sent via e-mail through the agency’s Internet site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov.

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