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 2019

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

Illegal Vessel and Incident Sighting Report Form

Albacore Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2019

Seasonal Fishing Reports:  There will be no further fish reports posted here until the 2019 season begins in June 2019. WFOA appreciates all that participated and we strive to keep the reports general as far as area and catch to not contribute to on-grounds crowding.

  • 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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