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Closure: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Harpoon Category Fishery


Fishing Type
Action Status
Temporary Rule


Closure: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Harpoon Category Fishery

FISHERY: Harpoon Category

CLOSED: July 30, 2023, 11:30 pm


Based on the best available landings information, the 70.0 mt
Harpoon category adjusted quota is projected to be reached shortly.

PERMITS AFFECTED: Atlantic Tunas Harpoon category

After 11:30 p.m. on July 30, 2023, fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic Tunas Harpoon category permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant bluefin (i.e., measuring 73 inches curved fork length or greater). The Harpoon category will reopen on June 1, 2024.


Atlantic Tunas Harpoon 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.).

This notice is a courtesy to fishery permit holders to help keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register.

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 07/28/2023