Being excellent foodfishes, all species of marlin are of some importance to fisheries, particularly in Japan. They are mostly caught on long lines incidental to the target tuna species. FAO catch statistics for 1991-2000 show catches of 26.7-37.3 thousand tons (24.2-33.8 thousand metric tons) per year by 34 countries. Blue marlin are especially important to sportfishermen and are much sought after off Cuba and on the Bahamas side of the Straits of Florida. The alltackle gamefish record is a 1,402-lb (636-kg) fish taken off Vitoria, Brazil. ♦
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