U.S. Canada Albacore Treaty: The following statement was issued last month  by the U.S. Department of State. This extends the present fishing regime another three years through 2019. Virtually the same provisions are in effect. 45 Canadian boats in U.S. waters and historical numbers of U.S. boats in Canadian waters. See permit page for details.

“Update – I am pleased to report that on Friday, March 10 the United States reached agreement in principle with Canada based on the U.S. proposal to extend the terms of the 2014-2016 regime for another 3 years, with no substantive changes.  We also completed an exchange of letters (see attached) to document the catch attribution arrangement and it’s evolution to a continuous arrangement.  For the sake of efficiency, both sides also agreed to use the draft diplomatic  notes that were prepared for the 2014-2016 regime and simply change the dates (see attached draft annexes), subject to whatever other legal updates that might be needed.  The two sides plan to exchange the usual communications to provisionally apply the terms of the regime and allow fishing to start on time while we work to enter the annex amendments into force.  As per usual, the renewal and amendments to the Treaty annexes do not require advice and consent from the Senate, and do not require any changes to U.S. legislation or regulations. – Dave Hogan – U.S. Dept of State“

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: