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Fishery Closure: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Harpoon Category


Fishery Closure: Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Harpoon Category
Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Action Status
Temporary Rule
Point of Contact
Larry Redd (301) 427-8503


Fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic Tunas Harpoon category permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant bluefin after 11:30 p.m. on September 5, 2022.

How long will the closure be in effect?

The closure is in effect through November 15, 2022—the end of the 2022 Harpoon category fishing season. The Harpoon category will reopen on June 1, 2023.

Why is the fishery closing?

Based on the best available landing information, the adjusted 78.7-mt quota for this fishery is projected to be reached shortly.

Who is affected?

This action applies to all vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas Harpoon category.


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:

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 09/02/2022

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna