On March 16, 2012, NOAA Fisheries proposed 2012 quota specifications for the Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery. Two public hearings have been scheduled for the proposed 2012 bluefin tuna quota specifications.
The dates and locations of the public hearings are as follows:
April 4, 2012, 2 to 4 p.m. - NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930
April 10, 2012, 2:30 to 4 p.m. - NMFS Science Center, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Comments are due April 16, 2012.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced that the agency is taking two actions regarding the recreational Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) Angling category fishery:
A closure of the southern area trophy BFT fishery (73" or greater) will be in effect for the remainder of 2012
There will also be an adjustment of the daily retention limit that applies to the HMS Charter/Headboat category (when fishing recreationally) to:
1 school BFT (27 to <47”) and 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73”) per vessel.
The recreational daily retention limit that applies to HMS Angling category vessels remains at the default level of 1 school,large school, or small medium BFT (27 to <73”) per vessel.
According to NMFS, the actions will go in effective on April 7, 2012.
For more information on the actions, visit:
sources: National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA FishNews