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Commercial Landings of Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna from January 1 to August 31, 2016

Posted: September 14, 2016

Below are the preliminary landings estimates for the Atlantic bigeye, northern albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack (BAYS) tunas commercial fisheries. These preliminary estimates are based on dealer reports and other information received from January 1 through August 31, 2016, and includes landings for the Atlantic including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  Also, these estimates are subject to late reporting and do not include discards.  Totals are reported in metric tons (mt) and pounds (lb) whole weight (ww); 1 mt is equal to 2,204.6 lb.


Species

2016 Quota* (ww)

Estimated Landings in 2016(ww)

Percent of 2016 Quota

2015 Landings through the Same Time Period (ww)

Bigeye

NA

190.8 mt
(420,558 lb)

NA

374.5 mt
(825,625 lb)

Northern Albacore *

658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)

149.0 mt
(328,461 lb)

23%

147.7 mt
(325,532 lb)

Yellowfin

NA

935.6 mt
(2,062,692 lb)

NA

754.4 mt
(1,663,213 lb)

Skipjack

NA

2.5 mt
(5,455 lb)

NA

1.7 mt
(3,696 lb)

*  NMFS adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2016 with available underharvest from 2015 (81 FR 60286, September 1, 2016).

This notice is a courtesy to Atlantic BAYS tunas 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 http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/species/tunas/landings/bays_landings.html or contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (978) 281-9260.


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