2017 Commercial Atlantic Bigeye, Northern Albacore, Skipjack, and Yellowfin Tuna Landings Updates

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic BAYS tunas fishery interests to 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. Catch statistics from previous months are available below or by contacting the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (978) 281-9260.

Below are the 2017 preliminary landings estimates for the Atlantic bigeye, northern albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack (BAYS) tunas commercial fisheries.

These estimates are subject to late reporting and do not include discards. Totals are reported in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) whole weight (ww) (1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 pounds).

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December 2017

Posted January 24, 2018

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through December 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species

2017 Quota (ww)

Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 530.3 mt
(1,169,003 lb)
N/A 408.25 mt
(900,029 lb)
Northern Albacore* 658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)
191.2 mt
(421,563 lb)
29% 200.8 mt
(442,615 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 1,477.9 mt
(3,258,165 lb)
N/A 1,340.3 mt
(2,954,858 lb)
Skipjack N/A 6.9 mt
(15,169 lb)
N/A 8.6 mt
(18,937 lb)

* NOAA Fisheries adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. NALB quota (82 FR 43500, September 18, 2017).

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November 2017

Posted December 21, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through November 30, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species

2017 Quota (ww)

Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 460.7 mt
(1,015,620 lb)
N/A 386.0 mt
(850,911 lb)
Northern Albacore* 658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)
171.0 mt
(376,527 lb)
26% 184.1 mt
(405,884 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 1,362.2 mt
(3,003,147 lb)
N/A 1,260.4 mt
(2,778,759 lb)
Skipjack N/A 6.6 mt
(14,599 lb)
N/A 3.3 mt
(7,321 lb)

* NOAA Fisheries adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. NALB quota (82 FR 43500, September 18, 2017).

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October 2017

Posted November 20, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through October 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species

2017 Quota (ww)

Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 326.5 mt
(719,896 lb)
N/A 293.8 mt
(647,649 lb)
Northern Albacore* 658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)
140.9 mt
(310,718 lb)
23% 167.7 mt
(369,645 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 1,248.5 mt
(2,752,375 lb)
N/A 1,166.4 mt
(2,571,394 lb)
Skipjack N/A 3.7 mt
(8,197 lb)
N/A 3.3 mt
(7,192 lb)

* NOAA Fisheries adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. NALB quota (82 FR 43500, September 18, 2017).

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September 2017

Posted October 23, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through September 30, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 201.0 mt
(443,218 lb)
N/A 234.8 mt
(517,674 lb)
Northern Albacore* 658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)
109.7 mt
(241,815 lb)
17% 154.2 mt
(340,021 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 1,088.8 mt
(2,444,279 lb)
N/A 1,080.4 mt
(2,381,881 lb)
Skipjack N/A 3.5 mt
(7,704 lb)
N/A 3.2 mt
(6,950 lb)

* NOAA Fisheries adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. NALB quota (82 FR 43500, September 18, 2017).

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August 2017

Posted September 20, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through August 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 169.1 mt
(372,804 lb)
N/A 195.3 mt
(430,580 lb)
Northern Albacore* 658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)
101.7 mt
(224,128 lb)
16% 143.9 mt
(317,331 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 980.5 mt
(2,161,567 lb)
N/A 942.4 mt
(2,077,663 lb)
Skipjack N/A 3.4 mt
(7,539 lb)
N/A 2.5 mt
(5,441 lb)

* NOAA Fisheries adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. NALB quota (82 FR 43500, September 18, 2017).

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July 2017

Posted August 17, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through July 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 107.4 mt
(236,668 lb)
N/A 154.5 mt
(340,713 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
89.7 mt
(197,673 lb)
17% 139.7 mt
(308,046 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 759.4 mt
(1,674,173 lb)
N/A 794.5 mt
(1,751,580 lb)
Skipjack N/A 3.0 mt
(6,647 lb)
N/A 2.4 mt
(5,346 lb)
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June 2017

Posted August 8, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through June 30, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 67.7 mt
(149,237 lb)
N/A 105.2 mt
(231,942 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
82.3 mt
(181,412 lb)
17% 138.0 mt
(304,152 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 515.7 mt
(1,136,982 lb)
N/A 513.6 mt
(1,132,344 lb)
Skipjack N/A 2.7 mt
(5,880 lb)
N/A 2.2 mt
(4,770 lb)
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May 2017

Posted June 26, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through May 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 57.0 mt
(125,629 lb)*
N/A 73.1 mt
(161,139 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
79.6 mt
(175,393 lb)*
16% 135.8 mt
(299,438 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 276.3 mt
(609,031 lb)*
N/A 314.3 mt
(692,918 lb)
Skipjack N/A 1.5 mt
(3,262 lb)
N/A 1.1 mt
(2,357 lb)

* Landings estimates have been revised due to the discovery of duplicate records. The cause has been rectified.

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April 2017

Posted May 24, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through April 30, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 52.5 mt
(115,684 lb)
N/A 65.6 mt
(144,505 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
83.1 mt
(183,201 lb)
16% 130.6 mt
(287,854 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 210.3 mt
(463,610 lb)
N/A 201.9 mt
(445,064 lb)
Skipjack N/A 0.1 mt
(298 lb)
N/A 0.4 mt
(917 lb)
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March 2017

Posted April 26, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through March 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 37.3 mt
(82,299 lb)
N/A 58.5 mt
(128,872 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
61.5 mt
(135,577 lb)
12% 112.6 mt
(248,327 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 175.4 mt
(386,783 lb)
N/A 146.1 mt
(322,103 lb)
Skipjack N/A 0.1 mt
(277 lb)
N/A 0.3 mt
(594 lb)
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February 2017

Posted March 13, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through February 28, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 24.1 mt
(53,168 lb)
N/A 42.5 mt
(93,704 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
35.7 mt
(78,708 lb)
7% 61.8 mt
(136,161 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 119.3 mt
(263,089 lb)
N/A 102.5 mt
(226,015 lb)
Skipjack* N/A < 1.0 mt*
(< 2,204 lb)
N/A < 1.0 mt*
(< 2,204 lb)

* Skipjack landings data are not provided at this time to continue ensuring participant confidentiality.

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January 2017

Posted March 1, 2017

These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through January 31, 2017, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. 

Species 2017 Quota (ww) Estimated Landings
(ww)
Percent of 2017 Quota

Landings for Same Period 2016
(ww)

Bigeye N/A 9.2 mt
(20,271 lb)
N/A 23.2 mt
(51,069 lb)
Northern Albacore 527.0 mt
(1,161,824 lb)
13.9 mt
(30,543 lb)
4% 22.9 mt
(50,407 lb)
Yellowfin N/A 74.9 mt
(165,068 lb)
N/A 43.3 mt
(95,448 lb)
Skipjack* N/A < 1.0 mt*
(< 2,204 lb)
N/A < 1.0 mt*
(< 2,204 lb)

* Skipjack landings data are not provided at this time to continue ensuring participant confidentiality.

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