Tuna, Bluefin

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Regulations

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  • Measurements Max Size: 73 in Min Size: 27 in Curved Fork Length

  • Gear HMS Tuna

  • License Required
    Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    Bag Limit = 0 for Bluefin Tuna less than 27" curved fork length
    Bag Limit = 3 per vessel per day or trip for Bluefin Tuna greater than 27" to less than 47" inches curved fork length
    Bag Limit = 1 per vessel per day or trip for Bluefin Tuna greater than 47" to less than 73" inches curved fork length
    Bag Limit = 0 for Bluefin Tuna greater than or equal to 73" curved fork length

    Bluefin tuna retention limits may change throughout the season. To confirm current limits, call 1-888-872-8862 or 1-978-281-9260.
    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

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Min Size: 73 in Curved Fork Length

  • License Required
    Recreational Offshore Landing Permit and Atlantic HMS Angling Permit

  • Additional Notes
    1 per vessel per year with appropriate federal permit as incidental catch during the open season.

    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.

    Anglers fishing for tunas within or outside Louisiana state waters are subject to both state and federal laws, rules and regulations. Federal regulations regarding the recreational harvest of tunas change often, especially for bluefin tuna. Prior to angling for or harvest of tuna, be aware of the most current federal regulations for fishing or harvest, including sizes, bag limits and closed seasons by calling 1-888-872-8862 or see hmspermits.noaa.gov.

  • Bag Limit 1

  • Vessel Limit 1

  • Measurements Max Size: 73 in Min Size: 27 in Curved Fork Length

  • License Required
    Eligible for NC Saltwater Fishing Tournament managed by Division of Marine Fisheries.

  • Additional Notes
    Bag limits may change throughout the season; call (888)872-8862 for the most up to date bag limits.
    Tuna landings in North Carolina must be reported at state operated reporting stations. Anglers arriving at dock after hours may contact the DMF's 24 hour toll free number (800)682-2632.
    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.

  • 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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