New Retention Limit for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for Charter Boats

New Retention Limit for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for Charter Boats

By Scott Lenox

Scott Lenox

Scott is the owner of Fish in OC and host of Ocean City’s fishing television show Hooked on OC. He has worked in the fishing industry and fished the waters in and around Ocean City for over 25 years.

There is some good news on the regulation front for charter boats fishing for Atlantic bluefin tuna this season.  National Marine Fisheries has announced that effective April 23, 2016 the daily retention limits for Atlantic bluefin tuna will be as follows:

Recreational 

HMS Angling-permitted vessels will be permitted to retain 2 school bluefin tuna that measure 27″ to less than 47″ and one large school/medium bluefin tuna that measures 47″ to less than 73″.

Charter

HMS Charter/Headboat-permitted vessels will be permitted to retain three (3) school bluefin tuna that measure 27″ to less than 47″ and one large school/medium bluefin tuna that measures 47″ to less than 73″.

This is good news for Ocean City charter boats and customers as it is an increase in the retention limit for Atlantic bluefins and it is a welcome change in this era of limits and regulations.

On the fishing front….Captain Jeff Coats of Pitboss Fishing was on the schoolie rockfish again today enjoying the beautiful weather.  Captain Jeff put angler Chance Moss on his first ever Maryland rockfish and the duo caught a total of 10 fish in about an hour on Roy Rigs at the route 50 bridge.

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