2021 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits 


Proposed specifications and request for comments.
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule


NOAA Fisheries proposes a 2021 limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) of longline-caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI)). NOAA Fisheries would allow each territory to allocate up to 1,500 t in 2021 to U.S. longline fishing vessels through specified fishing agreements that meet established criteria. However, the overall allocation limit among all territories may not exceed 3,000 t. As an accountability measure, NOAA Fisheries would monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures would support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands. NOAA Fisheries must receive comments by November 24, 2020

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Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 11/10/2020