Fishery Monitoring

Handline Fishing Albacore Tuna

Photo Credit: SWFSCFishery Monitoring Team

Supervisor: John Childers 


Scientists in the Fishery Monitoring Program, in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Regional Office, Office of Science and Technology and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government website.  Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer collect, manage (enter, edit, summarize) and disseminate information from Pacific Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fisheries.  Fishery monitoring data helps support stock assessments, scientific studies, and national and international data reporting requirements for customers such as researchers, scientists, fisheries management staff, Regional Fishery Management Organizations (RFMOs), etc.  Additionally, the group seeks to modernize collection and management of HMS biological, physical, and fisheries data through collaboration and the use of readily available technologies.



Data Collected

Fisheries Monitored by SWFSC 
1)  Albacore Troll
2)  Large Mesh Drift Gillnet
3)  Harpoon
4)  WCPO Purse Seine*
5)  EPO Purse Seine
6)  California Longline*
7)  California HMS Sport 
8)  Albacore Sport (OR/WA)

All data that are received and used for reporting purposes are entered into a database.  Data are stored in a centralized database for easier access, analysis, and distribution. HMS fisheries data are generally summarized at three different levels:

Category I – Total annual catch (metric tons) and effort (number of active vessels) 
Category II – Detailed catch and effort data stratified by time and space 
Category III – Size data   

 * Data management will move to the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center  


Regional Fisheries Management Organizations

Mako Shark

Photo Credit:  SWFSC

There are three major RFMOs that the Fishery Monitoring Team reports to on an annual and semiannual basis to comply with the requirements of being a member country, the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government website.  Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC),  The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government website.  Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer and the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific (ISC). The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government website.  Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer  U.S catch and effort data for all Pacific fisheries is submitted to ensure international management goals are met for stocks of highly migratory species.  The Pacific Fishery Management Council The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government website.  Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer also uses data produced by the Fishery Monitoring team to generate the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report for HMS off the west coast of the U.S.

Current Pacific Fishery Statistical Reports



Resources


    Albacore Logbook

    PDF version of the current U.S. Pacific Albacore Fishing Log.


    Albacore E-log

    Computer program for fishermen to record and submit Pacific Albacore Logbook information electronically.  Installation instructions are    

    located in the readme.txt file.  

    

    HMS SWFSC Data Request Form

    Online form for requesting fisheries data.

     

    Pacific Ocean Tropical Tunas Archives

    Archival tuna reports.


    Highly Migratory Species Management Plan The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government website.  Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

    The Pacific Fishery Management Council's Highly Migratory Species:  Fishery Management Plan and Amendments. 


    Please send all completed logbooks to the appropriate address listed below:


Eastern Pacific Ocean Purse Seine

North Pacific Albacore Troll

Oregon/Washington Albacore CPFV


                     Electronic Albacore

             California CPFV 

             California Gillnet

             Harpoon

HMS Logbooks

National Marine Fisheries Service

8901 La Jolla Shores Drive

La Jolla, CA 92037-1022

             swfsc.hms.logbooks@noaa.gov

             California Department of Fish and Wildlife

             4665 Lampson Ave, Suite C

             Los Alamitos, CA 90720-5188 







Last modified: 11/3/2015