The daily retention limit is now three fish per vessel, per day, for large, medium or giant bluefin tuna (73 or more). California's limit on bags of bluefin tuna is 2 per boat per day, but you can't have more than 20 fish on board either. Fishing directed to the east coast produces relatively small yields of school-age fish and medium-sized bluefin tuna, and recreational fishing makes up most of the catch. Currently, commercial fisheries can catch and sell three large bluefin tuna per trip, while recreational fishermen can keep one bluefin tuna per day.
Amid overfishing regulations, Carraro and Marciano said they had to maintain a quota of three fish each day. But some days, that fee is debatable, as Carraro told the magazine. As National Geographic TV revealed in a press release for the second season of the series, bluefin tuna fishermen from Gloucester, Massachusetts. As a result, the breeding population of Atlantic bluefin tuna in the western Atlantic has declined by more than 82 percent.
Cape May, New Jersey, is ideally located for accessing the deep-sea rice fields that are home to a large population of bluefin tuna. Past bluefin tuna harvests around the world have demonstrated that this species is highly susceptible to population collapse caused by commercial crops, and some populations never recover to commercially viable levels. The underwater canyons near Cape May are home to several other species of tuna and continue to offer first-class fishing year after year. New Jersey's baggage limits for bluefin tuna are federally managed by NOAA and are restricted to 2-3 bluefin tuna of 27 to 47 individuals per boat per day and to 1 tuna between 47 and 73 per ship per day.
Bluefin tuna migrations bring spawn-age tuna of at least nine years old to the Gulf from January to June. Perhaps the most challenging, frustrating, and rewarding part of Wicked Tuna is the fact that ultimately capture has the upper hand. Longline fishing operations are required to use weak hooks, which reduce the chance of bluefin tuna being caught as bycatch when other large pelagic species, such as swordfish, are attacked. The Atlantic bluefin tuna season began on July 1 and will close on November 30, but will close earlier if the annual quota is met.
There is no closed season for recreational fishermen hunting bluefin tuna on the Pacific coast, but there are baggage limits for each state. The NOAA fishing regulations (50 CFR 635.21 (a) (requires that all bluefin tuna released be handled in a way that maximizes survivability and without removing fish from the water). The Pacific bluefin tuna season generally runs from May to October, but varies depending on the location and the annual migration of the fish.