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What are the laws concerning cleaning tunas while still in the ocean???? Are you allowed to filet them or just cut the heads adn tails off??? or must they stay whole till they hit the dock????
 

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Johnny,
the Federal permit it required for anyone to fish for tuna. There are two types angling and general. The general will allow you to sell your catch, but you won't be permitted to keep school sized bluefins. Only the angling catagory can keep schoolie bluefins.
 

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one other thing should be mentioned,in order to sell your catch in NYS you also need a commercial food fish license which is almost impossible to get unless you have had one in the past year.the powers to be are making it impossible for someone new to get into the commercial end of the business.many people think they will pay for their tuna trips by sellimng their catch,if you do NOT have the commercial food fish license the fines are very high if you are caught.just a warning.
 

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WHERE TO BOTAIN A PERMIT?

AT THE NMFKS WEB SITE PERMIT SHOP
IT'S 27.00 FOR THE ANGLING CATEGORY,
YOU ARE ALLOWED TO KEEP SHORT FISH IN THIS CATEGORY AND ONE MEDIUM OR GIANT
ANNUALLY,IT ALSO HAS A LANDINGS REPORT
THAT IS BROKE DOWN INTO 4 CATEGORYS
THE STICK BOATS
GENERAL
ANGLING AND PURSE SEINE
CHECK IT OUT
 

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Be careful! I went to the NMFS web site around this time last year and they were still selling the prior year permit! Typical goverment BS! Why would I possibly want a 2001 permit in April of 2002?!!!! I had to wait until June or so.
 
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