Closure of Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Northern Area Trophy Fishery for 2020

Overview

Fishing Type
Recreational
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
05/21/2020
Point of Contact
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 978-281-9260

Summary

The Angling category northern area trophy bluefin tuna fishery will close effective 11:30 p.m. on May 21, 2020. The fishery will remain closed through December 31, 2020. The northern area is the area north of 39°18’ N. lat. Trophy bluefin tuna are those measure 73 inches or greater. 

Individuals aboard vessels with an Atlantic HMS Angling permit or an Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat permit fishing recreationally in the northern area (defined above) may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. on May 21, 2020.  

Note that the Angling category fishery for school, large school, or small medium bluefin tuna (27 to <73 inches) remains open in all areas except for the Gulf of Mexico, where NOAA Fisheries does not allow targeted fishing for bluefin tuna because it has been designated as a spawning ground. 

Fishermen may also catch and release or tag and release bluefin tuna of all sizes, subject to the requirements of HMS catch-and-release and tag-and-release programs. All bluefin tuna that are released must be handled in a manner that will maximize survivability and without removing the fish from the water.

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Closure of the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Northern Area Trophy Fishery for 2020

The Angling category northern area trophy bluefin tuna fishery will close…

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 05/20/2020

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