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Closure of Bluefin Tuna Harpoon Category Fishery for 2019


Fishing Type
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Sarah McLaughlin, 978-281-9260 or Larry Redd, 301-427-8503


The bluefin tuna Harpoon category fishery is closed effective 11:30 p.m. on August 8, 2019. The closure will remain in effect for the remainder of the 2019 fishing year.

Based on the best available landing information, NOAA Fisheries projects that the adjusted 91-mt quota for this fishery has been met. 

People aboard vessels with a Harpoon category permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. on August 8, 2019. 

The Harpoon category will reopen on June 1, 2020. 

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 08/07/2019

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna