U.S. Canada Albacore Treaty: A new three-year regime was negotiated under the US/Canada albacore treaty for 2014 – 2016 after which the fishing regime will end. This gives Canadians access to U.S. waters from June 15 to September 15 for 45 vessels. The U.S fishing season in Canadian waters runs from June 15 – October 31. Port privileges for U.S. vessels enter Canadian ports is automatic under the treaty from June 15 – Dec 31, but approval through the port application is required from Jan 1 – June 15. The U.S. will still have historical access to Canadian waters and port access under the treaty. To enter a Canadian port, U.S. vessels will need to fill out an application. The following are links and downloads to applications and information for U.S. vessels. A downloadable form is available here: 2014 Regulations Sheet

WCPFC Vessels Requirements: U.S. albacore vessels are required to register if fishing west of 150W. Pacific Islands Regional Office listing vessel requirements under the WCPFC fishing west of 150W in the North and west of 130W in the South Pacific. The main item is a VMS requirement on all vessels. For a copy of the guide: COMPLIANCE GUIDE and LETTER TO VESSELS. NOTE on VMS: This is a requirement on U.S. vessels fishing west of 150W in the North Pacific, and west of 130W south of 4N in the South Pacific. This is under rules of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC). For now HMS vessels east of this management area are not required to carry VMS. However,NMFS has approved VMS on vessels over 79ft in all areas under the Tuna Conventions Act and will take effect later this year. New Website for Management Bodies: The IATTC has constructed this comprehensive site with links to major HMS management bodies:  IATTC Comprehensive Tuna Management


Alternate Safety Compliance Programs – USCG: The Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010 requires the Coast Guard to develop, in cooperation with the commercial fishing industry,  Alternate Safety Compliance Programs (ASCPs).  ASCP applies to vessels over 50-feet in length that will be over 25 years of age in 2020 and operate outside 3NM.

A public meeting will be held in Half Moon Bay on May 4, 2016 to discuss and provide fleet-specific input. Please give Jim Anderson at 415-519-1622 or Bob Dooley at 650-619-4713 a call if interested in attending.

Alternate Compliance Overview Download:

New Dolphin Safe Captains Course and Statement 2016: It appears most albacore fishermen received a letter from NMFS saying you are required to complete a Dolphin Safe course and have a certificate to present after each trip.

In response to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) new rules on “dolphin safe” labeling of tuna imports, Earth Island Institute — a non-profit which owns Dolphin Safe — said this brings the US into compliance with World Trade Organization (WTO) rules

The NOAA Website has links to the so called “Course” which appears all you have to do is read the downloadable PDF file, and then there are links at acceptable one page templates you can carry with you.


HMS, HSFCA Permits: