Closure: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Gulf of Mexico Incidental Trophy Fishery
Closure of the Angling Category Gulf of Mexico Incidental Trophy Bluefin Tuna
Please note, that the Angling category fishery for school, large school, or small medium bluefin tuna (27 to <73”) remains open in all areas except for the Gulf of Mexico, which is designated as bluefin tuna spawning grounds and where NOAA Fisheries does not allow targeted fishing for bluefin tuna.
Closed: May 9, 2023, 11:30 pm – December 31, 2023
Reason for Closure: Based on the best available landings information, the 2.3-mt Angling category Gulf of Mexico incidental “trophy” bluefin tuna subquota has been reached and exceeded.
Permits Affected: HMS Angling category permitted vessels and HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessels fishing recreationally in the Gulf of Mexico.
Recreational fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic HMS Angling category or HMS Charter/Headboat permit (while fishing recreationally) may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna (i.e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater) in the Gulf of Mexico from 11:30 p.m. May 9, 2023, through December 31, 2023.
Commercial: Not affected by this closure.
HMS Angling and HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessel owners are required to report the catch of all bluefin 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.).