General Category Bluefin Fishery Temporary Closure | The Billfish Foundation

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishery Closure

credit: NOAA


As of 11:30pm on October 13th, 2019, the general category Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery has closed.

For How Long?

This closure will persist through November, which signifies the end of the current subquota period. The fishery will reopen on December 1st, 2019, with the default limit of only one fish landed.


This closure comes as a result of the fulfillment of the 172.2 mt subquota for this period.


It applies to all commercial vessels fishing for bluefin tuna, including commercial General category vessels and  HMS Charter/Headboat category-permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement when fishing commercially for bluefin tuna. From now until November 30th, 2019, no vessels working under the aforementioned permits may land, possess, or retain bluefin tuna.

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