Bluefin Tuna Regulation Update 2015

February 2nd, 2015 by

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2015 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits

NOAA Fisheries recently updated the new 2015 regulations on Bluefin Tuna for recreational and head/charter boats. As they stand now the new regulations will for sure negatively impact the charter industry. I would expect an addendum hopefully by early spring allowing us and additional fish. Once again all anglers need to report your Bluefin Tuna catches. The Fishery Management will use this data to set the quotas. All other tuna species remained the same. Here is the 2015 Tuna Regulations!

New Regulations Effective
January 1, 2015

2015 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits

Effective January 1, 2015, the recreational bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limit is the default limit of 1 BFT measuring 27-<73"/vessel. This recreational daily limit applies for both HMS Angling-permitted vessels and HMS Charter/Headboat-permitted vessels, and is effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico, where directed BFT fishing is prohibited. The recreational BFT trophy fishery (73"+) is open for the Gulf of Mexico (incidental only), and the areas north and south of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ) with a limit of 1 BFT measuring 73" or greater/vessel/year. The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27" curved fork length. There are no recreational daily retention limits for bigeye, skipjack, or albacore tunas. We would like to hear what you think! Come vote in our Bluefin Tuna Regulation poll!

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