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 2020

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.

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. Catches by Japan in may and June were the best in years which is good in that it shows a rebound of albacore but it does make the market more competitive.

  • October 2, 2020:  Fishing off the CA, OR, and WA coasts has slowed in most areas but there remains some spots of large fish being caught mainly by baitboats. The market seems to be stable and still has demand for cannery albacore  Blast is still having issue but some spot markets may have become available to some.. The Covid-19 still has its grips and many facets of the industry from selling to trucking and other logistics.
  • August 27, 2020: We have had little reports in the past few weeks except that fishing has been fair to good in some areas and albacore seem to have moved offshore farther. 100-200 miles and some catches have been made in Canadian waters.
  • July 24, 2020: Catches continue to be made off Oregon but most of the catch is beyond 100 miles offshore. Fish size is good at 12-14 pounds average with very few small albacore. Weather conditions continue to be generally moderate NW winds.
  • July 15, 2020: Boats have had moderate success along the Oregon coast in the past week from 40 – 300 miles offshore. Landings have been made in coastal ports, where also there may be some off-vessel sales. Weather is  factor right now with heavy NW coastal winds.
  • July 6, 2020: A few boats had some fair fishing off  Oregon but it has since ceased in places. The season is very early and we expect better catches as the month goes on.
  • July 2, 2020: The coastal albacore season has started off the Oregon coast. A number of boats have trickled out of port in the past week and are scattered from 30 – 200 miles offshore. There has been some small catches made and the sea-surface temperature seems to be still lower then normal.
  • 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.

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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