Closure: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category (Commercial) Fishery
FISHERY: General Category Bluefin Tuna
CLOSED: February 14, 2023, 11:30 pm – March 31, 2023
REASON FOR CLOSURE: Quota has been reached and exceeded
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.
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. February 14, 2023, through March 31, 2023.
RECREATIONAL: Not affected by this closure.
Why is the fishery closing?
Based on the best available landings information, the adjusted 58.2-mt quota for the January through March time period has been reached and exceeded.
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:
- 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.).