The American Bluefin Tuna Association (ABTA) was formed to protect the Atlantic bluefin tuna fisherman's traditional access and quota share.  Today, ABTA's mission has expanded to include all species of tuna that are harvested in the U.S. Atlantic fishery including bluefin, bigeye, albacore and yellowfin.


ABTA's Fisheries: 
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus)
Atlantic Yellowfin Tuna (Thunnus albacares)
Atlantic Bigeye Tuna (Thunnus obesus)
Atlantic Albacore Tuna (Thunnus alalunga)


ABTA’s mission is to safeguard the present structure of these fisheries to ensure US fishermen’s traditional access to the fish, in accordance with the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) established by the Highly Migratory Species Management Division of the National Marine Fisheries Service. ABTA is a watchdog that supports or seeks to support changes in the FMP to ensure that commercial and recreational rod and reel fishermen, commercial harpoon fishermen and charter boat owners are always able to fully utilize their traditional share of the fishing quota.

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