American Samoa Longline Limited Entry Permit
Highly Migratory Species
3 years after issuance
American Samoa EEZ
The American Samoa longline permit may be used to fish with longline gear in the EEZ around Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Pacific Remote Island Areas, and land catch in those areas. It may not be used in the Hawaiʻi longline fishery.
A maximum of 60 American Samoa permits is distributed among four vessel size classes. Class A vessels are 40 feet long or smaller, Class B vessels are longer than 40 feet, but no longer than 50 feet; Class C vessels are longer than 50 feet, but no longer than 70 feet, and Class D vessels are longer than 70 feet. Permits are issued by vessel size class and permit holders are restricted to using vessels within their size class or smaller.
Permits may be transferred, but the person receiving the transfer must meet specific requirements, depending on their vessel size class. The permits expire 3 years from issuance, and renewal requires meeting minimum landing requirements and having a current Protected Species Workshop certificate.
Regulations governing this fishery can be found at Code of Federal Regulations,Title 50, Part 665, Subpart F. Detailed information on permit conditions and other requirements can be found in the American Samoa Longline Regulation Summary.
- Carry a valid High Seas Fishing Compliance Act permit and Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Area Endorsement on board the vessel if fishing in international waters.
- Carry a valid Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP) certificate on board the vessel.
- Vessel operator must have a valid Protected Species Workshop certificate on board the vessel.
- Carry a valid American Samoa longline permit registered to the vessel on board the vessel.
- Carry an operational vessel monitoring system (VMS) unit supplied and installed by the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement if vessel is 50 feet long or longer.
- If the vessel is 40 feet or longer, notify the NOAA Fisheries Observer Program 72 hours before departure on a trip and declare whether trip type is deep-set (targeting tunas) or shallow-set (targeting swordfish), and carry a NOAA Fisheries observer if directed to do so by NOAA Fisheries.
- Maintain and submit the Western Pacific longline logbook to NOAA Fisheries within 72 hours of returning to port.
What You Will Need
High Seas Fishing Compliance Act Permit
This permit is required for any U.S. fishing vessel fishing outside the EEZ in international waters. Regulations for this permit requirement can be found at Code of Federal Regulations, Part 300.
Western and Central Pacific Commission Area Endorsement
A valid Western and Central Pacific Commission (WCPFC) Area Endorsement is required for any fishing vessel of the United States used for commercial fishing for highly migratory species on the high seas in the WCPFC. Vessels must have on board a valid High Seas Fishing Compliance Act Permit that has a valid WCPFC Area Endorsement.
Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP) Certificate
The Pacific Islands Regional Office automatically issues the MMAP Certificate to each vessel registered to an American Samoa longline permit because the fishery is classified as a Category II fishery under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. A valid MMAP Certificate must be on-board the vessel when fishing. Permit holders do not have to apply for the MMAP Certificate, but replacement certificates may be downloaded here.
Protected Species Workshop Certificate
Every year longline vessel owners and operators must attend and be certified for completion of a workshop conducted by NOAA Fisheries on interaction mitigation techniques for sea turtles, seabirds, and other protected species. Visit the Protected Species Workshop page for more information.