Closure of General Category Bluefin Fishery for January Subquota Period for 2020


Fishing Type
Action Status
Temporary Rule
Point of Contact
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division, 978-281-9260


The General category bluefin tuna fishery will close for the January subquota period effective 11:30 p.m. on February 24, 2020. The  fishery will reopen on June 1, 2020 with the default daily retention limit of one fish per vessel.

This action applies to vessels with an Atlantic Tunas General category permit or an HMS Charter/Headboat permit with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for bluefin tuna. Persons aboard vessels with these permits may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. February 24, 2020, and through May 31, 2020.

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 02/21/2020

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna