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2023 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits


Side-profile of bigeye tuna fish with shiny white on bottom and mid of body and yellow and dark blue on top. Tail fin is dark gray while other fins are more tan. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
Proposed 2023 bigeye tuna catch and allocation limits and accountability measures; request for comments
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule


NOAA Fisheries is specifying a 2023 catch limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) for longline-caught bigeye tuna in each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). Each territory may also allocate up to 1,500 t to U.S. longline fishing vessels in a specified fishing agreement that meets established criteria. However, the overall allocation limit among all territories may not exceed 3,000 t. As an accountability measure, NOAA Fisheries will monitor U.S. longline catches. If we project that the fishery will reach the territorial or allocation limit, we will prohibit retention of bigeye tuna. These catch limits and accountability measures support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Read the Federal Register notice and supporting documentation

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 06/15/2023

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