FISH CATCH and AT-SEA REPORTS

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WFOA/AAFA Statement of Offshore Wind Leases off Oregon

Albacore Buyers 2022

Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2022

August 30, 2022: Despite a hopeful beginning in the albacore market this season supply chain issues and lack of cold storage is creating difficulties at this time. Large volume of sockeye and chum salmon have filled cold storage space in the NW. A cutback of China’s imports of hogs from Canada has resulted in space limitations in Canadian cold storages and in the U.S where a drought is happening, resulting in filling facilities as cattle is butchered also most a year short of maturity. The ongoing backup also in ports on the west coast is not helping matters either. Buyers are trying to work through it and it will resolve itself at some point. Market demand seems to be there but logistics are very bad right at this point. Fishing does remain good off WA and BC,

August 16, 2022: Fishing over the past two weeks has generally been off Oregon and Washington in a number of spots. Fishing has been reported as good but with heavy crowding on the inside areas. Weather has generally been good and lacking hard NW winds that usually occur this time of the year. Sea surface water temps have been in the 65 – 68 degree range. The market has been hesitant mainly due to supply chain issues and other world economic and political issues but albacore are being sold for $4,500 – $6,500 per ton depending on freezing methods or icing. Quality is a huge factor this year especially in domestic outlets.

August 2, 2022: Fishing from No Cal to Vancouver Island is reported to be widely scattered with daily catches of between 1/4 to one ton per day. Market prices are all over the board at this time as much uncertainty remains with freight costs, inflation, wars, recession and other factors. There is little raw product on the market at this time and other catches such as by Japan in May and June were very low.

August 12, 2022: Albacore fishing has been generally good off Oregon and Washington over the past week. The fleet is covering a large zone with crowding reported closer in off Oregon. Weather has bee favorable also.

July 26, 2022: Weather has been bad along N Cal and Oregon, WA the past few days. Fishing slowed in most places but we will see what happens as weather improves this week.

July 21, 2022: Good fishing has been reported in a few areas off WA and BC. A few spots also are off S Oregon but slower fishing. Effort remains fairly low due to other fisheries, distance offshore, and fuel prices.

July 17, 2022: Over the past 13 days reports have been sparse. The fleet has been scattered between 100-300 miles off Oregon and No Cal. A number of boats have remained on Salmon also. Reports more recently have better fishing  and some showing in Canadian waters. Fish seem to be reported at 12-13 pounds with no small and no large albacore. For vessels fishing on Canada scroll down to the Albacore Regs 2022 link below.

July 4, 2022: A vessel straight north of Hawaii around the 40N latitude has good conditions but caught less than 10 scattered albacore a day ago. There are scattered vessels off N Cal and S Oregon from 200-400 miles out having some success. Another report of 25-30 fish caught close in off Coos Bay has not been verified.

June 30, 2022: Not much to report yet, although the one vessels that was at the dateline had to go in to Hawaii for repairs and is now back out headed north of Hawaii. He should be in favorable waters soon. Also some other offshore vessels may be leaving the west coast soon. No fish at this time to report.

June 27, 2022: In the past 10 days there have been no reports from any vessels scouting for albacore. We expect a few boats to head into the offshore waters off the west coast and north of Hawaii in the next few days. Water in the NE Pacific remains very cold. Fuel prices over $6/gallon are limiting early effort also.

June 16, 2022: The offshore vessel lost the albacore and is headed to port to doo repairs. Stay tuned and more vessels may be searching off the coastal waters in the next few weeks.

June 14, 2022: Not much action reported from the dateline region over the past week. The one vessel in the region had a few good days but seems to have lost the albacore and is searching. A few other boats searching far offshore California and also finding slow fishing up to a few days ago,

June 7, 2022: Vessel near dateline went back west a ways and found a few more albacore, 250+ than in previous days. Weather good and water edge prominent in the area. No other boats. We are expecting beginning coastal effort in the coming weeks but it is probably too early and fuel prices are through the roof.

June 6, 2022: Dateline fishery east of 179E has been a bust in recent days. One boat in region moving back west. Small catch around 178E

June 2, 2022: Vessels near dateline moving eastward. Good weather. Little feed in water. Very slow fishing.

May 31, 2022: The one WFOA’s member vessel continued on  NW direction over the past week.  The vessel is just east of the dateline and in the mid-30’s latitude. The vessel clusters in the region were probably squid vessels. Two days ago the vessels caught its first albacore and ended up with about a ton of 12-13 pound albacore. The next day conditions changed and was slow.

May 24, 2022: We are in contact with one albacore vessel headed to the central N Pacific region. No reports as of today but except vessel to reach favorable waters in a few days.

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Tagged Albacore Reward 2022

Electronic Logbooks: From NMFS – The operator of any commercial fishing vessel and any recreational charter fishing vessel for highly migratory species in the management area must maintain onboard the vessel an accurate and complete record of catch, effort, and other data on report forms provided by the Regional Administrator or state agency. All information specified on the forms must be recorded on the form within 24 hours after the completion of each fishing day. The original logbook form for each day of the fishing trip must be submitted to either the Southwest Fisheries Science Center or the appropriate management state agency within 30 days of each landing or transshipment of the highly migratory species. Each form must be signed and dated by the fishing vessel operator.

Electronic Logbooks: From NMFS – The operator of any commercial fishing vessel and any recreational charter fishing vessel for highly migratory species in the management area must maintain onboard the vessel an accurate and complete record of catch, effort, and other data on report forms provided by the Regional Administrator or state agency. All information specified on the forms must be recorded on the form within 24 hours after the completion of each fishing day. The original logbook form for each day of the fishing trip must be submitted to either the Southwest Fisheries Science Center or the appropriate management state agency within 30 days of each landing or transshipment of the highly migratory species. Each form must be signed and dated by the fishing vessel operator.

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ALBACORE REGS 2022

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South Pacific: Albacore troll fishing was reported to be fairly consistent early on in the South Pacific for the  20 or so vessels that ventured down. The boats seemed to have a season better than last years and prices for blast/ albacore are quite high for high quality blast frozen albacore.

The NZ coastal albacore fishery was slower than normal with a few spurts of better catches. Weather was a factor as well as boats switching the bluefin during the season.

Fuel pricing continues to be a factor and we expect prices to continue upwards given world events making fuel a factor for the upcoming NP season. In the past couple weeks the per barrel prices of crude have fallen back closer to $100 from a high of around $125.

North Pacific: The last three seasons on the coast have steadily declined in total landings. It possibly could be lower numbers of available fish, catchability factors, IUU pressure, more effort in WesPac on spawners,  sea surface conditions, movement of forage species, diminished late season catch of larger albacore by bait boats,  and other unknowns. There have been low periods off and on over the past 60 years or more but some were only targeted in the near shore regions and not followed ocean wide like now. There also has been three La Nina events in a row and there have never been four which we are possibly seeing for this summer. Ell Nino years in the NP have generally produced more albacore at least on the coast.

Looking forward to the 2022 season it looks like markets especially domestically remain strong but markets overseas or processing overseas for canned albacore remain hampered by inflated freight and handling costs. Blast prices remain very strong and cannery grade albacore prices have increased in Pago and other places lately.

Archival Tag Recovery Information: American Fishermen’s Research Foundation has deployed over 1,000 tags since 2001. The reward for recovering and sending in the whole fish is now $500. If you find one in your catch, please separate the fish and contact SWFSC, your buyer, or AFRF. AFRF is continuing the long-term tagging cooperative project with SWFSC – NOAA/NMFS.

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