Tuna Treaty Permit
Operator permit for the person in charge of fishing operations (hereinafter referred to as the operator) on a U.S. purse seine fishing vessel (a vessel in excess of 400 st (362.8 mt) carrying capacity) engaged in commercial fishing operations under a vessel permit.
Logbook Requirements: Yes
Eligibility: Vessels must be listed on an annual entry list. To be added, contact the Long Beach Permits Point of Contact at 562-980-4238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Required Information: Vessel Name, Vessel Coast Guard documentation number or state registration number, operator name, hailing port city and state, International Radio Call sign, and vessel length (ft.).
The Treaty is a 1981 agreement between the governments of Canada and the United States that allows U.S. vessels to fish for albacore in Canadian waters seaward of 12 miles from shore and Canadian vessels to fish for albacore in U.S. waters seaward of 12 miles from shore. The Treaty also allows Canadian vessels to use certain U.S. ports to obtain supplies and services and to land fish, and it allows U.S. vessels to use certain Canadian ports for the same purposes.
U.S. vessels fishing under the treaty will only be only allowed to fish in Canada’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) June 15th through October 31st. Canadian troll vessels may access U.S waters from June 15th through September 15th and their total number will be limited to 45 vessels.
- Compliance Guide
- Canadian EEZ authorization form
- DFO Fishery Notice System
- DFO Fishery Notice FN0276 (PDF, 6 pages)