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2014 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Year Summary January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

Posted: March 3, 2015

Quota category

Landings - No. of Fish

Landings - Weight (mt)

2014 Base Quota (mt)

2014 Adjusted2 Quota (mt)

%              Base          Quota    Taken

% Adjusted Quota Taken

General

2,073

411.8

435.1

435.1

94.6

94.6

Harpoon

186

34.5

36.0

51.03

95.8

67.6

Longline (incl NED)

392

82.5

99.8

124.2

82.7

66.4

NED

15

3.8

25.0

25.0

15.2

15.2

North

193

38.2

29.9

39.7

127.8

96.2

South

184

40.5

44.9

59.5

90.2

68.1

Trap

0

0.0

0.9

0.9

0.0

0.0

Purse seine

270

37.6

171.8

171.8

21.9

21.9

Angling

3,513

111.8

182.0

182.0

61.4

61.4

School

1,872

29.1

94.9

94.9

30.7

30.7

Lg Sch/Sm med

1,615

77.6

82.9

82.9

93.6

93.6

Trophy

26

5.1

4.2

4.2

121.4

121.4

Reserve

n/a

n/a

23.1

8.13

n/a

n/a

Total (landings only)

6,434

678.2

923.7

948.1

73.4

71.5

Total (landings + dead discards)1

838.8

923.7

948.1

90.8

88.5

 

12014 Dead discard estimates are not yet available, so a revised 2013 estimate of 160.6 mt (4.2 mt observed purse seine + 156.4 mt estimated longline) 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).  The final 2013 estimate and preliminary 2014 estimate will be available in June 2015.

2The final 2014 Atlantic bluefin tuna specifications (79 FR 38255, July 7, 2014) adjusted the 2014 base quota and subquotas to account for 2013 underharvest and to address anticipated dead discards for 2014.

3NMFS transferred 15 mt from the Reserve to the Harpoon category, effective August 8, 2014 (79 FR 47381, August 13, 2014).

 

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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