Fishermen aboard vessels with an Atlantic Tunas General or Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category permit may not retain, possess, or land large medium or giant Atlantic bluefin tuna after 11:30 p.m., February 11, 2022.
The Spring Gulf of Mexico and Northeastern United States Monitoring Areas for bluefin tuna will continue to be open to fishing with pelagic longline gear from April 1 - May 30, 2022 and June 1 - June 30, 2022.
NOAA Fisheries has adjusted the Atlantic bluefin tuna General category December 2021
subquota by adding 15.5 metric tons (mt) of quota remaining from the adjusted September and October through November subquotas. The adjusted December 2021 subquota is 54.
NOAA Fisheries has transferred 9.5 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna quota from the Reserve category to the General category, and 20.2 mt from the Harpoon category to the General category for the December time period.
NOAA Fisheries announces our intent to issue exempted fishing permits, scientific research permits, display permits, letters of acknowledgement, and shark research fishery permits for the research and collection of Atlantic highly migratory species in 202