Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Closure | The Billfish Foundation

Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Gulf of Mexico Area Trophy Fishery Closure!


Atlantic bluefin tuna (credit: NOAA Fisheries)

Bluefin Tuna Angling Category Gulf of Mexico Trophy Fishery to Close May 31, 2019

NOAA Fisheries has determined that the subquota of 1.8 mt for the Angling category Gulf of Mexico trophy bluefin tuna fishery has been reached. Trophy bluefin are those measuring 73 inches or greater.

The incidental Angling category fishery for trophy bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico will close effective 11:30 p.m., May 31, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

More information can be found in the Federal Register notice.

Who is Affected?

Persons aboard vessels permitted in the Atlantic HMS Angling and Atlantic HMS Charter/Headboat categories fishing recreationally in the Gulf of Mexico may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m. on May 31, 2019, through December 31, 2019.

Fishermen may catch and release or tag and release bluefin tuna of all sizes, subject to the requirements of HMS catch-and-release and tag-and-release programs. All bluefin tuna that are released must be handled in a manner that will maximize survivability and without removing the fish from the water. Download the Careful Catch and Release brochure for safe handling tips.

For additional information, call 978-281-9260 or visit the HMS Permit Shop.