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In order to land yellowfin tuna in
Florida, U.S. federal and even
international waters, your vessel must
possess a Highly Migratory Species
angling permit, available from the
National Marine Fisheries Service. Cost
is $28 for the annual vessel permit;
www.nmfspermits.com or call (888)
This permit is also required for landing
skipjack tuna, bluefin tuna, big-eye
tuna, albacore, swordfish, marlins,
sailfish and certain pelagic sharks.
Daily bag limit for yellowfin tuna is 3
per person; minimum size is 27 inches
curved fork length. A flexible
measuring tape is stretched from the tip
of the snout, over the pectoral fin
insertion point and tight along the
curved flank to the fork of the tail.
There is no phone reporting
requirement for landings of yellowfin
tuna, as there is for bluefin, swordfish
In addition to the HMS permit, U.S.
anglers fishing Bahamas waters need to
possess a Bahamas vessel cruising and
fishing permit, available at Port of
Entry. Valid for two entries within a
90-day period, the permit is $150 for
vessels up to 35 feet; $350 for those
larger (cost goes up if more than 4
persons are aboard).
Yellowfin tuna limit there is 6 per
vessel (this figure includes the
aggregate count of all pelagic species,
including wahoo, dolphin and kingfish).
Do not attempt to land fish prior to
obtaining your Bahamas fishing permit.