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Commercial Landings of Bigeye, Albacore, Yellowfin, and Skipjack Tuna from January 1 to February 28, 2017

Posted: March 13, 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 February 28, 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)



24.1 mt
(53,168 lb)


42.5 mt
(93,704 lb)

Northern Albacore

527.0 mt

(1,161,824 lb)

35.7 mt
(78,708 lb)


61.8 mt
(136,161 lb)



119.3 mt
(263,089 lb)


102.5 mt
(226,015 lb)

Skipjack *


< 1.0 mt *
(< 2,204 lb)


< 1.0 mt *
(< 2,204 lb)

*  Skipjack landings data are not provided at this time to continue ensuring participant confidentiality.

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


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