Bigeye Tuna Commercial Harvest Status

On April 9, 2014, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule (79 FR 19487) to extend current management measures for years 2014, 2015, and 2016. This final rule implements the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution C 13-01 and includes restrictions on Pacific bigeye tuna catch by U.S. longline vessels over 24 meters. The annual limit that may be captured and landed by large longline vessels in the IATTC Convention Area is 500 metric tons.  

NOAA Fisheries monitors the retained catches of bigeye tuna using logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available information. The annual catch limit for bigeye tuna was reached in November of 2013 for the first time since 2007. NOAA Fisheries closed the fishery effective November 11, 2013. For more details on the 2013 bigeye tuna fishery closure, please see the Federal Register publications: 78 FR 65887 and 78 FR 70002.

The Unites States large-scale longline bigeye tuna harvest estimates, by U.S. longline vessels greater than 24 meters, may be found at the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office Annual Catch Limits website.

For more information, please contact Celia Barroso at: celia.barroso@noaa.gov or 562.432.1850.

UPDATED: May 12, 2014