Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fishing: Regulations and Reporting
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Regulations and Reporting I’m Lieutenant Wynn Carney of NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement. There’s a growing interest in Bluefin tuna fishing. It’s a high value fish and competitive as sport. But, it’s also a highly regulated fishery and a priority for NOAA Fisheries. As with most species, the regulations for Bluefin tuna fishing change every year. It’s important for anglers to understand the regulations, and what’s required. Here are a few things to remember: Have the right permit. Whether you’re recreational fishing, commercial fishing, or charter fishing, you need to know which permit you’re required to have. Gear: are you using rod and reel, handline, harpoon, or longline. Certain gear is legal and certain gear is illegal. Make sure you know what seasons are open and what seasons are closed. Make sure you know your size and catch limits. Size and catch limit is also different between recreational and commercial fishing. Know the regulations and make sure you have the regulations with you in the boat when you’re out there fishing. Bluefin tuna must be reported within 24 hours of catch. It’s important to the sustainability of the fishery and it helps regulators know what’s being caught. Reporting does not equate to the season ending. Bluefin tuna is internationally managed, so data needs to be accurate. If you have any questions, please call your local NOAA law enforcement office.