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2015 Bluefin Tuna Fishing Year Summary January 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

Quota category

Landings - No. of Fish

Landings - Weight (mt)

2015 
Base Quota (mt)

2015 Adjusted Quota2 (mt)

% Base Quota Taken

% Adjusted Quota Taken

General

3,127

614.8

466.7

646.7

131.7

95.1

Harpoon

278

43.8

38.6

43.6

113.5

100.5

Longline (incl NED)

323

71.4

173.3

207.3

41.2

34.4

NED

96

25.0

25.0

25.0

100.0

100.0

Atlantic (non-NED)

212

42.7

96.4

118.3

44.3

36.1

Gulf

15

3.7

51.9

64.0

28.9

23.4

Trap

0

0.0

1.0

1.0

0.0

0.0

Purse Seine

247

33.9

184.3

82.9

18.4

40.9

Angling

2,832

113.1

195.2

195.2

57.9

57.9

School

1,531

26.2

108.4

108.4

24.2

24.2

Lg Sch/Sm med

1,272

80.2

82.3

82.3

97.4

97.4

Trophy

29

6.7

4.5

4.5

148.9

148.9

Reserve

1

0.0

24.8

2.1

0.2

1.9

Total (landings only)

6,807

877.0

1,083.9

1,178.8

80.9

74.4

Total (landings + dead discards)1

1,020.7

1,083.9

1,178.8

94.2

86.6

Notes

1 Currently, the best available annual estimate of U.S. dead discards for 2015 is the 2014 estimate of 138.8 mt for the pelagic longline fishery and the 2015 observed dead discards of 4.9 mt for the purse seine fishery, totaling 143.7 mt.  Dead discard estimates for the Harpoon and General categories are in review and will be added at a later date, as appropriate.

2 The Adjusted Quota column in the table above reflects the adjusted quota as of December 31, 2015.  Category quotas were adjusted by inseason and other actions during the year as shown below.

EFFECTIVE DATE ADDED (MT) TO SUBTRACTED (MT) FROM PUBLICATION DATE FR CITATION ACTION

10-Feb-15

87.4

Reserve

87.4

Purse Seine

11-Feb-15

80 FR 7547 Reallocation per Amendment 7

28-Jul-15

34

Longline

34

Reserve

29-Jul-15

80 FR 45098 Inseason Transfer

31-Jul-15

40

Harpoon

40

Reserve

5-Aug-15

80 FR 46516 Inseason Transfer

26-Sep-15

NA

 

NA

 

28-Aug-15

80 FR 52198 Final quota rule

30-Oct-15

100

General

35

Harpoon

4-Nov-15

80 FR 68265 Inseason Transfer

65

Reserve

25-Nov-15

80

General

80

Reserve

1-Dec-15

80 FR 74997 Inseason Transfer

 

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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