Fishery Monitoring

Handline Fishing Albacore Tuna

Photo Credit: SWFSCFishery Monitoring Team

Supervisor: John Childers

Staff in the HMS Fisheries Monitoring Program collaborate with partners at NOAA Fisheries’ West Coast Regional Office, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission, the state fisheries agencies of California, Oregon, and Washington, as well as other partners to transform fisheries data into fisheries information via summations and statistical analyses. This information helps support stock assessments, scientific studies, and national and international data reporting requirements for customers such as researchers, scientists, fisheries management staff, Regional Fisheries 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) EPO Purse Seine 
5) California,Oregon,Washington HMS Sport

The basis for effectively collecting, managing and disseminating HMS Fisheries data is integrating these data from multiple sources that are often located in distant regions and managed by other programs. The HMS Fisheries Monitoring Program maintain HMS fisheries data in an enterprise Oracle database. These data are integrated with data maintained in other databases that are managed by our collaborators.

HMS fisheries data are classified into three general categories:
• Category I - Annual catch and effort in units of metric tons and number of vessels, respectively
• Category II - Summarized catch and effort grouped by month and 1-degree square for surface fisheries and by month and 5-degree square for longline fisheries
• Category III - Summarized size composition data group at the same levels as Category II

* 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 HMS Fisheries Monitoring Program reports to on an annual and semi-annual 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 web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer
The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer
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 web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries Disclaimer

U.S. catch and effort data for all Pacific fisheries are submitted to these RFMOs to ensure international management goals are met for stocks of highly migratory species. The Pacific Fishery Management Council also uses data produced by the HMS Fisheries Monitoring Program 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


Pacific HMS Logbook Forms

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


HMS Logbooks

National Marine Fisheries Service

8901 La Jolla Shores Drive

La Jolla, CA 92037-1022

HMS Elog Submission App

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

4665 Lampson Ave, Suite C

Los Alamitos, CA 90720-5188

Last modified: 8/30/2017