Exploring Potential Changes in Bluefin Tuna Management

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Atlantic HMS

May 21, 2019

Exploring Potential Changes in Bluefin Tuna Management

Bluefin tuna

NOAA Fisheries announces the availability of a scoping document on Amendment 13 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan and our intent to prepare an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act. 

Issues and options paper

The issues and options paper explores management options with a focus on:

  • Refining the Individual Bluefin Quota Program.
  • Reassessing share distribution and allocation of bluefin tuna quotas, including the potential elimination or phasing out of the Purse Seine category.
  • Other regulatory provisions regarding the directed and incidental bluefin fisheries.

Download the Paper

Public comment

We encourage participation in this process by anyone affected by or otherwise interested in bluefin tuna management.

We intend to hold public scoping meetings to solicit comments on this topic. Locations and dates will be listed in a future announcement.

Comments are due by July 31, 2019. You can submit comments online at the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal (search for “NOAA-NMFS-2019-0042”) or in writing to:

Tom Warren
Highly Migratory Species Management Division
NOAA Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930


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