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 2021

US ALBACORE REGS AND INFO 2021

U.S. / CANADA ALBACORE TREATY COMPLIANCE GUIDE:

Illegal Vessel and Incident Sighting Report Form

Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2020

Seasonal Fishing Reports:

July 16, 2021 Update  The west coast albacore season has been going on for the past couple of weeks with some sporadic catches off WA, OR, and CA. Most of the spots have been small and more offshore beyond 127 W than within the EEZ. Fish reported ranged from 9-20 pounds depending on location. SST’s seem cold for this time of the year along the coats despite the broiling conditions in the interior.

Wild Planet Albacore Prices: From Bill Carvalho “Tony and I have discussed all the challenges to this season, we get to pay super-crazy freight rates to and from Asia.  But we recognize the fleet also has its grave challenge with cost of fuel too.  So, we are posting the highest price possible to try to contribute to a mutually profitable season.

We are paying $3,000/ton for brine and $3,100/ton for brine/bled.  We will also be offering pricing for Bled/Blast soon.

Unloading arrangements are the same as last year:

– All Pacific Seafood locations

– Tony is buying at Hallmark dock in Newport

– Westport Seafood

– Ilwaco Landing

As a reminder, Tony’s number is (541) 961-9928.  Thanks.”

As we have said previously the blast market has little inventory and has potential to be good this season as demand is up. Brine and fish destined for canneries overseas in Europe and Asia are caught in a post Covid shipping nightmare. Lack of containers and ships backed up in main ports are creating a situation where some of the buyers will have store the albacore after unloading instead of direct unload in containers. It has been noted that some think this situation will be better by October but it certainly will be adding expenses to the whole process in the meantime.

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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