Temporary Reopening of Atlantic Bluefin Tuna General Category Fishery


Fishing Type
Action Status
Temporary Rule
November 12–16, 2018
Point of Contact
Uriah Forest-Bulley, 978-675-2154, or Larry Redd, 301-427-8503


The Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category fishery will reopen for five days—effective 12:30 a.m. on November 12 through 11:30 p.m. on November 16, 2018.

This action is intended to provide a reasonable opportunity to harvest the full annual U.S. BFT quota without exceeding it, while maintaining an equitable distribution of fishing opportunities across time periods; help achieve optimum yield in the BFT fishery; and optimize the ability of all permit categories to harvest their full BFT quota allocations.

This action applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for BFT.

Federal Register

Last updated by Office of Sustainable Fisheries on 05/02/2019

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna