FISH CATCH and AT-SEA REPORTS

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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 Fishing Reports North Pacific Season 2022

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.

May 20, 2022 Update

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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