ATLANTIC BEACH — Commercial fishermen will have an extra few months to harvest Bluefin Tuna.
The national marine fisheries is extending the season through March 31 or until January's quota is met. Fishermen say the Bluefin Tuna is an unpredictable fish with varying migration patterns.
Which is why fishermen have been lobbying for a change.
"Last year at Cape Hatteras, they caught them within three days of the closure. Had it been open longer, everybody could have made some money there in a month's time," said Capt. Sonny Davis of the Stacy Fishing Center.
Republican congressman Walter Jones has been working on this issue for years. He said in a statement:
This is a good day for North Carolina tuna fishermen. We’ve worked on this issue for a long time, and today’s action will help provide an economic boost to North Carolina fishing communities during the winter.
The National Marine Fisheries Service increased the daily maximum retention of Blue Fin Tuna from three to five.