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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category (Commercial) Quota Transfer


Action Status


Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category (Commercial) Quota Transfer

NOAA Fisheries has transferred 55.2 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the Reserve category and 2.3 mt from the Harpoon category to the General category for the remainder of the December time period. This action accounts for an accrued overharvest of 18.5 mt from previous time period subquotas and provides further opportunities for General category fishermen to participate in the December General category fishery, which begins December 1, 2022. The adjusted December 2022 subquota is 50.1 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.

Catch reporting

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:

  • Accessing the HMS Permit Shop.
  • Using the HMS Catch Reporting app.
  • Calling 888-872-8862 (Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.)

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 11/28/2022