Blue Marlin by
Ron Pittard

Catch of Blue Marlin per 1,000 Hooks by U.S. Longline Vessels in 1995 by Quarter per 30' x 30' Squares.  (Color Codes:  Red = >16, Magenta = 8-16,  Dark Blue = 4-8, Pale Blue = 2-4, and Yellow = 1-2.)  (Source - P. Mace, NMFS)  Areas occupied during quarters 2 and 3 identify key spawning areas.  Areas occupied during quarters 1 and 4 are key feeding areas.  The U.S. 200 mile EEZ boundary is also depicted.
Blue Marlin catch for quarters 1-4 for the previous year (1994) can be found by clicking
Blue Marlin 1st Quarter - January Through March 1995
Blue Marlin 2nd Quarter - April Through June 1995
Blue Marlin 3rd Quarter - July Through September 1995
Blue Marlin 4th Quarter - October Through December 1995

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Blue Marlin Bycatch 1994
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White Marlin Bycatch 1995

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9814 Kensington Parkway
Kensington, Maryland 20895
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Live Moon Phase Display

Daily "Kill-o-Meter"

Longliners fish most heavily during the periods when the moon is brightest. So, this real-time image of the moon phase shows when the kill of swordfish is greatest and least. It also shows when the kill of blue marlin, white marlin, sailfish, sharks, tunas, sea turtles, marine mammals and a host of other marine life is also greatest - even though they are not even targeted. For more, see link above.

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