Bluefin Tuna Daily Recreational Limits Adjusted for 2020

NOAA Fisheries is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna daily retention limits for recreational fishermen. The adjusted limits take effect on May 2, 2020, and extend through December 31, 2020, unless modified by a later action.

Private vessels with an HMS Angling permit will now be allowed to retain (per vessel/per day)

  • 2 school bluefins (27 to <47”)
  • 1 large school/small medium bluefin (47 to <73”)

Charter boats with an HMS Charter/Headboat permit fishing recreationally will now be allowed to retain (per vessel/per day)

  • 3 school bluefins
  • 1 large school/small medium bluefin

Angling category and HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessel owners are required to report the catch of all bluefin retained or discarded dead within 24 hours of landing or the end of each trip by: