On the main home page of noreast there is a tuna info pamphlet
ATLANTIC TUNAS PERMIT PROGRAM
All owners/operators of vessels (commercial, charter/headboat, or recreational) harvesting regulated Atlantic tunas (bluefin, bigeye, yellowfin, skipjack, albacore, blackfin, and bonito) and all fish dealers must obtain an Atlantic Tunas Permit.
Vessel owners wishing to fish recreationally for Atlantic bonito are exempt from the requirement to obtain an Atlantic tunas permit. Commercial and charter/headboat vessel owners are required to obtain an Atlantic tunas permit to fish for Atlantic bonito.
Atlantic tunas permits are issued in six categories. The commercial categories are; General, Charter/Headboat, Harpoon Boat, Purse Seine, and Incidental Catch. The Angling category is the recreational category. Only one category may be assigned to a vessel.
Atlantic tunas may be sold only by fishers permitted in commercial categories and may be sold only to permitted dealers. Atlantic tunas taken recreationally or by persons aboard Angling Category vessels may not be sold.
NMFS has implemented a new Automated Permitting System (APS) to apply for and renew Atlantic Tunas Permits. The APS can be accessed by dialing 1-888-USA-TUNA (1-888-872-8862) or through the internet at: www.usatuna.com
Atlantic Tunas permits must be renewed annually for the calendar year (January 1- December 31), and there is an $18 annual permit processing fee. Customer service for the APS can be reached at 1-800-663-3879.
NOTE: permit applications may take up to 30 days process, and change of permit category may be made from January 1 to May 15 only. Only one permit category change is permitted each year.
This year the fee is 27$ if i am not wrong