Tuna, Albacore

Shape

Synonyms

n/a

Edibility

Very good

Regulations

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  • Gear HMS Tuna

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    All tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached. The upper and lower lobes of the tail may be removed for storage purposes as long as the fork of the tail remains intact.
    Any Atlantic tuna that is caught but not kept must be released immediately, without removing it from the water, to improve its chances of survival.
    Anglers must report all recreational tuna landings. Report all non-tournament recreational Atlantic tuna landings to NMFS within 24 hours by calling 1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov.
    You must report recreational landings of tuna in North Carolina by calling 1-800-338-7804.
    You must report recreational landings of tuna in Maryland by calling 1-410-213-1531.

    All highly migratory species require an HMS Angling Permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-888-872-8862, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. No sale permitted for HMS species caught under an HMS Angling Permit.
    For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-427-8503 or visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species s.

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    NAll tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached. The upper and lower lobes of the tail may be removed for storage purposes as long as the fork of the tail remains intact.
    Any Atlantic tuna that is caught but not kept must be released immediately, without removing it from the water, to improve its chances of survival.
    Anglers must report all recreational tuna landings. Report all non-tournament recreational Atlantic tuna landings to NMFS within 24 hours by calling 1-800-894-5528 or hmspermits.noaa.gov.

    All highly migratory species require an HMS Angling Permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-888-872-8862, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. No sale permitted for HMS species caught under an HMS Angling Permit.
    For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-427-8503 or visit www.fisheries.noaa.gov/topic/atlantic-highly-migratory-species

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit. All tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached.


    Recreational anglers and charter captains are required to obtain a free Recreational Offshore Landing Permit to possess snapper, grouper, hind, tunas, billfish, swordfish, amberjacks, cobia, wahoo and dolphin. Anglers may register for or renew their permit at Recreational Offshore Landing Permit. Minors (under 16) are not required to obtain a recreational offshore landing permit. Angling customers on a paid-for-hire charter trip ALSO do not need a permit.

    Any tuna caught by a hook and not retained must be released by cutting the line near the hook or by using a dehooking device, without removing the fish from the water.

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit.
    All tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached.
    Any tuna caught by a hook and not retained must be released by cutting the line near the hook or by using a dehooking device, without removing the fish from the water.
    All HMS species, except Atlantic bonito, little tunny, and blackfin tuna, require an HMS Angling Category permit from NOAA Fisheries. Permits are available by calling 1-978-281-9370, or by visiting hmspermits.noaa.gov. For complete HMS regulations contact NOAA Fisheries HMS Management Division at 1-301-713-2347, or visit nmfspermits.com.
    For updates on tuna quota monitoring and tuna retention limit adjustments, anglers may call the Atlantic Tunas Information Line at 1-888-872-8862 or visit nmfspermits.com.

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit in SC state waters. All tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached. Any tuna caught by a hook and not retained must be released by cutting the line near the hook or by using a dehooking device, without removing the fish from the water.

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit in MS State Waters. All tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached. Any tuna caught by a hook and not retained must be released by cutting the line near the hook or by using a dehooking device, without removing the fish from the water.

  • Additional Notes
    No established bag limit or size limit. All tunas must be landed with at least the tail and one pectoral fin attached. Any tuna caught by a hook and not retained must be released by cutting the line near the hook or by using a dehooking device, without removing the fish from the water.

  • Vessel Limit 18

  • Gear Hook and Line Only

  • Aggregate Information Name: Migratory Limit: 18

  • Additional Notes
    Sportfishing Vessel limit for migratory fish is 18 fish.

  • Additional Notes
    Hunting, trapping, netting, capture, or removal of any fish, turtle, crawfish, conch, whelk, or any marine and/or fisheries resource is prohibited. You are within a National Park managed by the Bahamas National Trust. Please contact 242-393-11317 for more information.

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