Pelagic fish information

Bathypelagic fish[edit]

Written comments must be submitted on or before January 21, 2014.

Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at

Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dr. Ronald J. Salz, (301) 427-8171 or .

This request is for revision and extension of a current information collection.

The Large Pelagic Fishing Survey consists of dockside and telephone surveys of recreational anglers for large pelagic fish (tunas, sharks, and billfish) in the Atlantic Ocean. The survey provides the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) with information to monitor catch of bluefin tuna, marlin and other federally managed species. Catch monitoring in these fisheries and collection of catch and effort statistics for all pelagic fish is required under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The information collected is essential for the United States (U.S.) to meet its reporting obligations to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna.

  • Drop the Large Pelagics Headboat Survey (LPHS) component.
  • Increase the annual Large Pelagics Telephone Survey (LPTS) target sample sizefrom 10, 780 to 15, 900 interviews for Northeast and Southeast combined.
  • Add up to five questions to the LPTS questionnaire.
  • Add a non-response follow-up survey to the LPTS in the Southeast region (previously only the Northeast was covered).
  • Reduce the Large Pelagics Biological Survey annual sample size from 1, 500 to 1, 000 interviews.

Dockside and telephone interviews are used. In lieu of telephone interviews, respondents may also provide information online via a web tool.

OMB Control Number: 0648-0380.

Form Number: None.

Type of Review: Regular submission (revision and extension of a current information collection).

Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations.


2010 El Niño Reveals Marine Life Reductions

2010-03-04 23:34:48 by tarlipps

The ongoing El Niño of 2010 is affecting north Pacific Ocean ecosystems in ways that could affect the West Coast fishing industry, according to scientists at NOAA and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego.
Researchers with the California Cooperative Oceanic Fisheries Investigations (CalCOFI) at Scripps and NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center report a stronger than normal northward movement of warm water up the Southern California coast, a high sea-level event in January and low abundances of plankton and pelagic fish -- all conditions consistent with El Niño.
Sea surface temperatures along the entire West Coast are 0


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