NOAA Fisheries Closes the Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery (June through August 2021 Subquota Time Period)
Fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic tunas General or Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna measuring 73 inches (185 cm) curved fork length or greater) after 11:30 p.m., August 4, 2021.
How long is the closure in effect?
The General category bluefin tuna fishery will close effective 11:30 p.m., August 4, 2021. The fishery will re-open on September 1, 2021, with a daily retention limit of one fish per vessel.
Why is this change being made?
Based on the best available landings information, the General category June through August subquota of 277.9 mt will be reached shortly.
Who is affected?
This action applies to all vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas General category and Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat category (with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for bluefin tuna).
Atlantic tunas General, Harpoon, and HMS Charter/Headboat 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.