Bigeye Tuna Commercial Harvest Status

On April 11, 2018, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule (83 FR 15503) to implement management measures for tropical tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) , 2018 - 2020.

On April 11, 2018, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule (83 FR 15503) to implement management measures for tropical tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) , 2018 - 2020. This final rule implemented  Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution C-17-02, and includes restrictions on Pacific bigeye tuna catch by U.S. longline vessels over 24 meters in overall length (large longline vessels). The annual limit that may be caught and landed by large longline vessels in the IATTC Convention Area (defined as waters bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian) is 750 metric tons.

NOAA Fisheries monitors the retained catches of bigeye tuna using both logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available information. The United States bigeye tuna harvest estimates by large longline vessels can be found at the NOAA Fisheries’ Pacific Islands Regional Office Annual Catch Limits website. 

Currently the fishery is open in the EPO. NOAA Fisheries will publish an announcement in the Federal Register when this fishery is expected to close, and post such announcement on this website.

For more information, please contact Taylor Debevec at taylor.debevec@noaa.gov or 562-980-4066.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on December 18, 2019