Sustainable Fisheries Division

U.S. Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

Western and Central Pacific Ocean Convention Area

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NOAA Fisheries set limits on the amount of bigeye tuna that U.S. longline vessels may catch and keep in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The limits apply to the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the western and central Pacific Ocean.

If NOAA Fisheries determines that the fishery will reach the limit during a calendar year, owners and operators of certain longline fishing vessels must comply with specific prohibitions. NOAA Fisheries will publish a notice announcing the effective date of the prohibitions at least a week before the prohibitions take effect. A
description of the prohibitions, which would be effective until the end of the calendar year, are available in the compliance guide.

Authority: 50 CFR 300.224.

Convention Area

The Convention Area (see map) comprises the majority of the western and central Pacific Ocean. In the North Pacific, the eastern boundary is at 150° W. longitude. For a complete description, see the definition of "Convention Area" at 50 CFR 300.211.