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Bluefin Tuna General Category (Commercial) Fishery Closure


Action Status


FISHERY: General Category Bluefin Tuna

CLOSED: December 10, 2022, 11:30 pm – December 31, 2022

REASON FOR CLOSURE: Quota is projected to be reached

PERMITS AFFECTED: Atlantic Tunas General category permitted vessels and HMS
Charter/Headboat permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing
commercially for bluefin tuna.

RECREATIONAL: Not affected by this closure.

Commercial fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic Tunas General category or HMS
Charter/Headboat permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna from 11:30 p.m. December 10, 2022, through December 31, 2022.

Why is the fishery closing?

Based on the best available landings information, the adjusted 50.1-mt quota for the December time period has been projected to be reached shortly.


Atlantic Tunas General, Harpoon, and HMS Charter/Headboat category vessel owners are required to report all bluefin tuna retained or discarded dead within 24 hours of the landing(s) or end of each trip by:

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 12/09/2022