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Our purpose is to promote the interests of the hook and line albacore fishery and other small boat pelagic fisheries.
Who We Are
The Western Fishboat Owners’ Association (WFOA) is a non-profit association representing albacore troll-vessel owners and supporting businesses in California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. We also maintain a limited membership of vessels in New Zealand and in British Columbia, Canada. These family-owned boats fish for Wild Pacific Albacore off the U.S. West Coast from June through October, and in the South Pacific from January through April. In addition many also harvest crab, shrimp, salmon, and more.
Regular WFOA activities and services include:
WFOA and You
The American consumer will find Wild Pacific Albacore one of the best sustainable products on the market — particularly the custom-packed and locally produced products from our members in communities along the West Coast. These family-owned boats fish for Wild Pacific Albacore from June through October, and in the South Pacific from January through April.
The WFOA was started by fishermen back in 1967 as a way to stabilize market prices for albacore tuna and has evolved over the years into a group representing fishermen in markets, management, and regulation from the state levels to the international level. Our membership has been stable throughout the years as has the fishing and stocks we fish on with only a few seasons exceptions.
We believe our members and our fisheries are stronger and more resilient when we work together. Whether you’re a vessel owner, crewmember, retiree, or business owner we want to hear from you. Join us and find out how you can help!
News & Updates
From offshore wind developments to proposed fishery regulations, our industry is constantly changing. We keep our members informed about the latest happenings.