FISH CATCH and AT-SEA REPORTS

From Albacore Vessels: WFOA will periodically list general albacore catch information on this page. We accept any fish reports from vessels. All information here is both voluntary and anonymous.

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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 Handlers 2019

U.S. ALBACORE REGULATION UPDATES 2020

U.S. / CANADA ALBACORE TREATY COMPLIANCE GUIDE 2019:

Illegal Vessel and Incident Sighting Report Form

Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2020

Seasonal Fishing Reports: Sorry that we have been somewhat lax in putting out information lately. The COVOID-19 pandemic and resulting actions have pretty much dampened much of whats happening in fishing, selling, and management. Many management meetings have been postponed or are on-line such as the April PFMC and the ISC Albacore Working Group stock assessment.

The virus and its affect on fishing operations has been dramatic with
the fresh fish market in many species including albacore taking the
brunt of the hit. With restaurants and fish markets closed there are
little outlets for some. Some retailers have kept the supply chain open
and many restaurants are doing take out and other inventive ways to at
least keep some things flowing in there businesses.

Demand for canned fish including albacore has been very high and most
outlets have empty shelves.

What this all means for the upcoming albacore troll season is anyone’s
guess at this point. Maybe if demand increases in July and August and
restaurants are operating to some degree there maybe a slow increase
in demand. Demand for cannery fish may stay high but canneries have to
grapple with finding ways to social distance in the plants themselves.

  • May 21, 2020: While the North Pacific albacore fishery is still maybe a month away some albacore have been caught in other gear types offshore of S. California.   Also, some albacore have been reported caught off N. Baja for the first time in many years by local boats..
  • April 24, 2020: South Pacific: The South Pacific season has ended with good tonnage from 19 boats. Those with pre-arranged markets had a easier time selling. Those without are still having difficulties. Most of the albacore was shipped out of New Zealand to various places and some was brought back to the west coast. A couple boats sold to Star Kist in American Samoa. We hope they can continue offering the service next season for some of the boats.
  • October 21, 2019: The past 6 weeks have resulted in more of the same type of fishing from Northern California to Central British Columbia mainly along a narrow water and feed band. Bad weather and coolers waters have now arrived so fishing is pretty much wrapped up for the year. Pac Fin data show about 7,200 short tons landed in US ports as of today. That will probably increase as boats get in the data system and unload. The 20 year average is about 12,000 tons and this is the same as the past 3 seasons.
  • September 8, 2019: Albacore catches continue in small spots scattered from Central California to the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada. Given sea temperatures and edges there are no big concentrations of fish. Fish continue to be 10-12 pounds with a few larger albacore and a scattering of <10 pound fish in most areas.
  • August 31, 2019: The last two weeks of albacore fishing have been fair to good. Fish have been reported from Pt. Arena, CA to as far north as the Queen Charlotte Islands in Canada. Oregon catches have generally been the best but there seems to be a wide area of fish. Weather has been good also.
  • August 12, 2019: Not many changes since the last report. There has been more smaller albacore showing up. Catches have been reported from Ft. Bragg, CA all the way to Northern Vancouver Island, Canada. However fairly spotty in most areas.
  • August 5, 2019: Fishing continued to improve  for some over the past week off Oregon. Albacore have moved in closer to shore allowing effort from smaller boats and recreational boats while the weather stays fairly moderate.
  • July 30, 2019: For the past 3 weeks albacore fishing off Oregon and Washington has been slow. It may be improving slightly in the last week and a few most areas of fish seem to be developing. Also, some albacore has been caught in Canadian waters. Overall it seems like things are late this season.
  • July 10, 2019: Since Mid-June there have been scattered boats scouting the grounds off Oregon and Washington from 20-400 miles offshore. Water temps are reported as still cool in many places and fishing has been very slow in all areas.
  • June 20, 2019: Some albacore vessels are now on the grounds off Oregon. Water temps are still fairly cold in the 59 F range. A couple boats did have 5-7 albacore going through the area.
  • May 28, 2019: There is no reports of coastal albacore yet and we do not expect there will be until Mid-June to July as tradition holds. There are reports of a fair Japanese coastal catch which is normal for this time of the year, and also a fair sign of albacore caught by longliners at 138W between the mainland and Hawaii which is more than normal.
  • April 4, 2019 – Boats have just returned from the South Pacific which had good fishing compared to the last few seasons. Only 9 U.S. boats this year fished in the region. We expect the coastal fishery off Oregon and Washington to begin late June to early July. Please check back.

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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