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New Daily Limit to Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Angling Category
Written by Rod Houck   
Sunday, 12 May 2019 11:26

New Daily Limits – Except for the Gulf of Mexico

 

The Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limit that applies to vessels permitted in the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category when fishing recreationally for bluefin has been adjusted for the remainder of 2019.

The adjusted daily retention limits below apply to vessels permitted in the recreational HMS Angling category and the HMS Charter/Headboat category while fishing recreationally.

  • Charter boats are vessels less than 100 gross tons that meet the requirements of the U.S. Coast Guard to carry six or fewer passengers for hire.
  • Headboats are vessels that hold a valid Certificate of Inspection issued by the U.S. Coast Guard to carry passengers for hire.

The daily retention limits are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico, where NOAA Fisheries does not allow targeted fishing for bluefin.


 
2019 NJ Saltwater Fishing Regulations
Written by Rod Houck   
Thursday, 02 May 2019 19:35

2019 NJ Saltwater Fishing Regulations

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2018 BlueFin Tuna Regulations
Written by Rod Houck   
Wednesday, 04 July 2018 00:00

2018 BlueFin Tuna Regulations

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2018 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits

Effective April 26 through December 31, 2018, the BFT daily retention limits are the following.For HMS Angling-permitted vessels: 2 school BFT (27 to <47") + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73")

HMS Charter/Headboat-permitted vessels: 3 school BFT + 1 large school/small medium BFT. These limits are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico. Angling and Charter/Headboat vessels may also land 1 trophy BFT measuring 73" or greater per vessel per year north of 39°18’N (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ).

The trophy bluefin fishery for the southern area is closed, The Gulf of Mexico area will close at 11:30 p.m. May 13. The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27" curved fork length. There are no recreational limits for bigeye, skipjack, or albacore tunas.
 
New Bluefin Tuna Regulations 2016
Written by Rod Houck   
Friday, 22 April 2016 05:54

2017 Blue Fin Tuna Regulations

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2017 Recreational Atlantic Tunas Retention Limits

Effective April 30, 2017, through December 31, 2017, the bluefin tuna (BFT) daily retention limits are the following.

For HMS Angling-permitted vessels: 2 school BFT (27 to <47") + 1 large school/small medium BFT (47 to <73");

For HMS Charter/Headboat-permitted vessels: 3 school BFT + 1 large school/small medium BFT. These limits are effective for all areas except the Gulf of Mexico.

The recreational BFT trophy fishery (73"+) is currently open north of 39°18' (off Great Egg Inlet, NJ) as well as in the Gulf of Mexico with a limit of 1 BFT measuring 73" or greater/vessel/year. For further information, see notices in library (at left). The recreational yellowfin tuna retention limit is 3/person/day or trip. The minimum size for yellowfin and bigeye tuna is 27" curved fork length.

There are no recreational limits for bigeye, skipjack, or albacore tunas.

 

 
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