Adjustment to Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Recreational Daily Retention Limit for 2020

Overview

Fishing Type
Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
05/02/2020
Point of Contact
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 978-281-9260
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Summary

NOAA Fisheries has adjusted the Atlantic bluefin tuna daily retention limits for recreational fishermen. The changes apply to vessels with a Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling permit or an HMS Charter/Headboat permit when fishing recreationally.

The adjusted limits go into effect on May 2, 2020 and extend through December 31, 2020, unless modified by a later action. They apply in all areas except the Gulf of Mexico, where NOAA Fisheries does not allow targeted fishing for bluefin tuna.

Type

Default Retention Limit per Vessel per Day/Trip

Adjusted Retention Limit per Vessel per Day/Trip

Private vessels with an HMS Angling permit

1 school, large school, or small medium (27 to <73”)

  • 2 school (27 to <47”)
  • 1 large school/small medium (47 to <73”)

Charter boats with an HMS Charter/Headboat permit fishing recreationally

1 school, large school, or small medium 

  • 3 school
  • 1 large school/small medium

Headboats with an HMS Charter/Headboat permit fishing recreationally

1 school, large school, or small medium 

  • 6 school
  • 2 large school/small medium

Visit our minimum size and bag limit page to view the current retention limits. 

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Recreational Daily Retention Limit Adjustment in Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Fishery for 2020

NOAA Fisheries is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna daily retention…

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 04/29/2020

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna