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. Scroll Down
Albacore Fishing Reports:
North Pacific: As we reported in the October newsletter the landings this past season far exceeded the 2021 landings and also topped the past four seasons. About 8,000/st have been landed in U.S. ports by U.S. albacore fishermen. There has been little change in these numbers since October.
Substantial tonnage has also been unloaded in Canada by U.S. vessels. We are estimating that the total for U.S. landings will be 10,000/st or greater. That is a good number considering the markets and supply chain issues that affected prices and effort from August through seasons end.
South Pacific: There will be fewer vessels fishing in the SP this season with some arriving in the region about now. Recent years have seen from 12-21 vessels in the SP, we expect 8-12 for 2023. The decrease is probably based on operating and fuel costs as well as maintenance issues on boats. At this time a few reports of cold water farther south than normal but it’s just beginning.
Check our Permits & Regs page for other updates.
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.
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.