Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Commercial Quota Transfer
NOAA Fisheries is transferring 90.5 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the Reserve category to the General category for the remainder of the September time period. This action accounts for an accrued overharvest of 20.5 mt from previous time period subquotas in 2022 and provides further opportunities for General category fishermen to participate in the September General category fishery, which opened on September 1, 2022. The adjusted September 2022 subquota is 225.5 mt.
Who is affected?
This action applies to commercial Atlantic Tunas General category permitted vessels and to Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for bluefin tuna.
Dealers are required to submit landing reports within 24 hours of receiving bluefin tuna. Late dealer reporting compromises NOAA Fisheries’ ability to implement actions such as quota and retention limit adjustments or fishery closures and may result in enforcement actions. Separate from the dealer reporting requirement, General category and HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessel owners are required to report the catch of all bluefin tuna retained or discarded
dead within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip by: