Tuna Tracking and Verification Program

Under this program, we monitor the domestic production and importation of all frozen and processed tuna products to ensure compliance with federal regulations regarding dolphin-safe certification.

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NOAA Fisheries' Tuna Tracking and Verification Program is the only program recognized by the U.S. government that legally satisfies all applicable federal regulations regarding dolphin-safe certification. The TTVP monitors the domestic production and importation of all frozen and processed tuna products nationwide and authenticates any associated dolphin-safe claim.

For tuna products caught in the eastern Pacific Ocean by large purse seine vessels, both the international and the U.S. tracking programs rely on Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission observer records made on board the vessel. Among other forms, each observer records set-by-set information on tuna tracking forms (PDF, 4 pages).

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