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Big game fishing in the northern Gulf of Mexico during 1989
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    "In the mid 1950's, the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, now the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), while conducting exploratory longline fishing off the Louisiana coast in the northern Gulf of Mexico, caught marlins (blue marlin, Makaira nigricans; white marlin, Tetrapturus albidus) and sailfish (Istiophorus platypterus) in abundances not previously anticipated. This discovery generated an interest in big game fishing in the northcentral Gulf that was so successful the sport quickly spread into the western and eastern north Gulf areas. Investigations were initiated from the NMFS Panama City, FL laboratory in 1970 to learn more about this fishery resource. The recreational billfishing survey was initiated to collect data for estimations of species abundance and distribution and to provide information about the biology and habitat preferences of these fishes. on-site survey methods were conducted to collect pertinent billfishing data at major ports and big game fishing events throughout the northern Gulf. In this report, data ar generally listed for the three primary regions: northwestern, northcentral, and northeastern Gulf of Mexico (Fig-1). In the northwestern Gulf, Texas is divided into east Texas (Freeport, TX to the Texas-Louisiana border); central Texas (Port O'Connor to Corpus Christi); and south Texas (Port Mansfield to the Texas-Mexico border) for data management purposes"--Introduction.

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