The National Marine Fisheries Service has posted new bluefin tuna catch and size limits for the Northeast region. They are as follows:

Bluefin Tuna Recreational Size/Catch Limit:

Starting on January 1, 2011, the retention limit for recreational anglers (Angling Category) engaged in the bluefin tuna fishery will be 1 fish measuring 27″ to less than 73” curved fork length, per vessel per day/trip, and 1 trophy fish (73” or greater) per vessel per/year (until the quota has been filled).

Coastwide General Category Bluefin Tuna Limits:

The General Category Atlantic bluefin tuna fishery is currently open with a daily retention limit for vessels permitted in the Atlantic tunas General or HMS Charter/Headboat categories (while fishing commercially), set at 2 fish/vessel/day/trip measuring 73″ or greater. Vessels permitted in the Atlantic Tunas General or HMS Charter/Headboat categories may catch and release or tag and release bluefins of all size classes.

Fishermen in Maine and Massachusetts will get an opportunity to voice their opinions on the regulations at 2 hearings, one of which takes place in Gloucester, Massachusetts, today (April 1) at 1:00 p.m. Another hearing will be held in Portland, most likely in mid-April.

Comments may also be submitted (with the identifying code
“0648-BA65″) through April 28, 2011, via following methods:

  • Submit electronic comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: Federal Regulations Comments
  • Fax: (978-281-9340) attn: Sarah McLaughlin
  • Mail: Sarah McLaughlin, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930

To find out more about the bluefin rules:

NMFS Permit Shop

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