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Atlantic Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin and Skipjack Tuna Recreational Minimum Sizes


Regulations are officially announced through the Federal Register.
Fishing Type
Action Status
Final Rule
Page updated June 14, 2023
Point of Contact
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 978-281-9260


Minimum sizes vary by species. Additional requirements may be applicable. View the HMS Recreational Compliance Guide for details.

Updated bag limits


Vessels must have a valid HMS Angling or HMS Charterboat/Headboat permit to fish for Atlantic bigeye, albacore, yellowfin, or skipjack tunas. The permit covers everyone fishing on that vessel. Tournament vessels may instead fish these species with an Atlantic Tunas General category permit.

Buy or renew a permit


Measure curved fork length by following the curve of the fish's body from the tip of the jaw to fork of the tail.

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Illustration by Diane Rome Peebles.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 07/13/2023

Bigeye Tuna