Pelagic Longline Bluefin Tuna Area-Based and Weak Hook Management Measures

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Published
07/12/2019
Point of Contact
Craig Cockrell, 301-427-8503, or Jennifer Cudney, 727-824-5399.

Summary

NOAA Fisheries is proposing to adjust regulatory measures put in place to manage bluefin tuna bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS), specifically addressing the Northeastern United States Closed Area, the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area, and the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Area as well as the weak hook requirement in the Gulf of Mexico.

The proposed measures would affect the HMS pelagic longline fishery in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico. The preferred alternatives are summarized below. 

Preferred Alternatives

Northeastern United States Closed Area

Alternative A4

Undertake a review process to evaluate the continued need for the Northeastern United States Pelagic Longline Closed Area.

Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area

Alternative B2

Elimination of the Cape Hatteras Gear Restricted Area.

Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Areas

Alternative C3

Undertake a review process to evaluate the continued need for the Spring Gulf of Mexico Gear Restricted Areas.

Weak Hooks

Alternative D2

Seasonal requirement for weak hooks (January–June).


Area Map

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Bulletins

Public Hearings on a Proposed Rule to Modify Pelagic Longline Bluefin Tuna Area-Based and Weak Hook Management Measures

NOAA Fisheries announces a schedule of in-person and conference call public hearings.

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 11/20/2019

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