Federal fishery regulations prohibit the targeting of bluefin tuna by both the commercial and recreational fisheries in the Gulf, but each category is allowed a limited “incidental” landing quota of the species. An incidental catch occurs when anglers target another species, marlin or other tunas, and have a bluefin tuna take the bait. Only recently, thanks to TBF, has the government allocated a quota for bluefin tuna caught by anglers in the Gulf. The quota is small, only 3,306.9 pounds, which can be filled quickly with a few large bluefin tuna. The first bluefin weighed 647.80 pounds and was caught during the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club’s Memorial Day Tournament. A second bluefin tuna was caught and weighed in the Gulf of Mexico during the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, an event that did not include bluefin as a qualifying fish in their tuna division. The fish weighed 541 pounds. It will not take but a few more large bluefin to be weighed for the quota to be met and the season closed. Boats can only keep one trophy size (73″ + fork of tail to lower jaw) bluefin a year in the Gulf.