Bigeye Tuna Commercial Harvest Status

On April 11, 2018, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a final rule (83 FR 15503) to implement management measures for tropical tuna in 2018 - 2020. This final rule implemented  Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution C-17-02, and includes restrictions on Pacific bigeye tuna catch by U.S. longline vessels over 24 meters in overall length (large longline vessels). The annual limit that may be caught and landed by large longline vessels in the IATTC Convention Area (defined as waters bounded by the coast of the Americas, the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian) is 750 metric tons.

NMFS monitors the retained catches of bigeye tuna using both logbook data submitted by vessel captains and other available information. In 2017, the large longline fishery limit for bigeye tuna caught in the Convention Area was 500 metric tons. NMFS closed the fishery effective September 8, 2017, through December 31, 2017. For more details on the 2017 bigeye tuna fishery closure, please see the Federal Register publications (82 FR 41562).

The Unites States bigeye tuna harvest estimates by large longline vessels can be found at the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office Annual Catch Limits website.

For more information, please contact Taylor Debevec at or 562-980-4066.

Updated: April 11, 2018