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Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Recreational Bag Limits


This summary is provided as a courtesy. Regulations are officially announced through the Federal Register.
Fishing Type
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 978-281-9260


Bag limits for bluefin tuna vary by permit, vessel type, fish size, and region.

Updated bag limits

Additional requirements may be applicable. View the HMS Recreational Compliance Guide for details.

Regardless of the permit type, bluefin tuna cannot be retained if a hammerhead shark is on board or has been offloaded from the vessel.


Vessels must have a valid HMS Angling or HMS Charterboat/Headboat permit to fish for Atlantic bluefin tuna. The permit covers everyone fishing on that vessel. Tournament vessels may instead fish for bluefin with an Atlantic Tunas General category permit.

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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 05/15/2024

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna