The American Fishermen’s Research Foundation (AFRF) was established in 1971 to aid, encourage, promote, and support science and education in the field of albacore and related fish species. It is a nonprofit corporation organized under the General Non-Profit Corporation Law of the State of California and is tax-exempt. AFRF is managed by Western Fishboat Owners Association.


AFRF has been the only research group founded by the fishing industry to promote sound science and research on a particular species in order to remain sustainable and provide a healthful food source to the consumer.

AFRF is a fishery research foundation funded entirely by the U.S. West Coast albacore troll-pole albacore tuna fishery. Funding comes from tonnage delivered to AFRF-contracted buyers, individual vessels, and alternate market sales.

The albacore caught and processed under our programs are certified by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) , as caught by sustainable and well managed methods.

The AFRF board of directors is made up of one half processor representatives and other albacore buyers, and one half representatives from fishing vessel owners. There are presently 16 directors.

AFRF works in close cooperation with NMFS/NOAA and major universities that contribute technical expertise in an advisory capacity. NMFS also supplies scientific equipment and personnel for vessels under charter to AFRF.

NOAA/NMFS Fish Catch Map By Gear Type:

AFRF Contracted Processor/Buyers:
The following have signed AFRF contracts and pay AFRF fees dedicated to research and public education on Pacific troll/live bait albacore tuna.

Bornstein Seafoods Inc.
Bumble Bee Seafoods
Chicken of the Sea International
Hag Fish Inc.
High Seas Tuna Co.
Interocean Seafoods Inc.
Island Trollers Inc.
Jessie’s Ilwaco Fish Company
JK Fisheries
Ilwaco Landing LLC
New Day Fisheries
Oregon Seafoods
Pacific Seafood Group
Papa George Gourmet Albacore
Pelican Packers Inc.
Seafood Producers Co-op
Star Kist Seafoods
Hagfish LLC
Trident Seafoods
Tri-Marine Fish Company
Westport Seafood Inc.
Wild Planet Foods Inc.