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Commercial Landings of Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna from January 1 to September 30, 2017

Posted: October 23, 2017

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 September 30, 2017, 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.


2017 Quota

Estimated Landings in 2017 (ww)

Percent of 2017 Quota

2016 Landings through the Same Time Period (ww)



201.0 mt
(443,218 lb)


234.8 mt
(517,674 lb)

Northern Albacore *

658.75 mt
(1,452,280 lb)

109.7 mt
(241,815 lb)


154.2 mt
(340,021 lb)



1,088.8 mt
(2,400,279 lb)


1,080.4 mt
(2,381,881 lb)



3.5 mt
(7,704 lb)


3.2 mt
(6,950 lb)

*  NMFS adjusted the northern albacore (NALB) annual baseline quota for 2017 with available underharvest of the 2016 adjusted U.S. NALB quota (82 FR 43500, September 18, 2017).

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 the BAYS Landings Update webpage or contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at (978) 281-9260.


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