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2013 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Year Summary

January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Quota Category No. of Fish Weight (mt) 2013 Base Quota (mt) 2013 Adjusted Quota (mt) % Base Quota Taken % Adjusted Quota Taken
General 1801 278.0 435.1 435.1 63.9% 63.9%
Harpoon 121 17.2 36.0 36.0 47.8% 47.8%
Longline (incl NED) 299 62.9 99.8 46.0 63.0% 136.7%
NED 18 4.3 25.0 25.0 17.2% 17.2%
North 128 24.9 29.9 18.4 83.3% 135.3%
South 153 33.7 44.9 27.6 75.1% 122.1%
Trap 0 0.0 0.9 0.9 0.0% 0.0%
Purse seine 192 28.8 171.8 171.8 16.8% 16.8%
Angling 3105 131.4 182.0 182.0 72.2% 72.2%
School 1398 31.6 94.9 94.9 33.3% 33.3%
Lg Sch/Sm med 1660 91.5 82.9 82.9 110.4% 110.4%
Trophy 47 8.3 4.2 4.2 197.6% 197.6%
Reserve 0 0.0 23.1 23.1 0.0% 0.0%
Total (landings only) 5518 518.3 948.7 919.0 54.6% 56.4%
Total (landings + dead discards)1 724.1 948.7 919.0 76.3% 78.8%

1 2013 Dead discard estimates are not yet available, so the final 2012 estimate (205.8 mt) was used. The United States accounts for dead discards annually in the quota specifications and reports them to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT).

2 The final 2013 Atlantic bluefin tuna specifications (78 FR 36685, June 19, 2013) adjusted the 2013 base quota and subquotas to account for 2012 underharvest and accounted for half of the estimated dead discards at the beginning of the year, with the remainder to be accounted for at year-end.

 

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic tuna fishery interests to keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice of Federal fishery actions is made through filing such notice with the Office of the Federal Register. To view catch statistics from previous months, please visit the Bluefin Tuna Landings page or contact Brad McHale at (978) 281-9260.

 

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