By allowing 45 Canadian boats to fish in US waters for the 2013 season, the US State Department violated the congressional mandate to keep Canadian albacore effort in the US EEZ to slightly above pre-1998 average levels, which equals about 300 tons per year. Circumstances have changed greatly since the ratification of the treaty, and it no longer benefits US fishermen. After the 2013 season, there must be immediate cessation of all Canadian fishing in US waters, and termination of the US-Canada Albacore Treaty. We will continue to be involved in all albacore related meetings and push politically for a resolution through personal involvement and through the political process.
U.S. reportedly blocks Canadian tuna fishermen – The U.S. government has suspended a 31-year-old agreement that allowed Canadian vessels to fish for tuna in American waters, two British Columbia industry groups confirmed Wednesday, with one warning the decision could have a domino effect across the entire West Coast fishery… Read more (CTV)
U.S. bars Canadian tuna fishing in Pacific – Reciprocal agreement ends, so U.S. tuna vessels also banned in Canadian waters. A B.C.-based fishing group says Canadian fishing vessels will be barred from fishing for tuna off the U.S. Pacific Coast this year after negotiations between the two countries fell apart…. Read more (CBC)
Dear Mr. Rauch:
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (hereafter, the Council) met on March 2, 2012, and made the following recommendations on the future status of the U.S.-Canada Albacore Treaty…..
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This guide is intended to help owners and operators of West Coast albacore fishing vessels understand what their obligations are if they wish to fish for albacore in Canadian waters, transit through Canadian waters without fishing, or use Canadian ports during the summer albacore fishing season….
Links from National Marine Fisheries Service Albacore page:
- Instructions for U.S. Albacore Vessels Wanting to Fish in Canadian Waters (PDF)
- Canada Tuna Management Plan (PDF)
- Canada Bowie Seamount Closure Area
- Canada Rockfish Closure Areas
- U.S. Vessels Authorized to Fish in Canadian Waters (PDF)
- Canadian Vessels Authorized to Fish in U.S. Waters (PDF)
For US vessels wishing to participate in the Albacore Tuna Treaty with Canada, you must be aware of the Canada DFO requirements of Permanent Closed Areas and the Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area.
A detailed map of the Bowie Seamount MPA area can be found here.
On the attached pdf of the 2009-2010 Canada DFO Fishery Management Plan, details on the Permanent Closed areas can be found on page 30, section 13.3. Details on the Bowie Seamount MPA can be found in section 9.7 pages 22-23.
As we prepare to close out the calendar year, I am writing to draw your attention to the circumstances of the U.S.-Canada Albacore Treaty (the Treaty). The current reciprocal fishing regime is entering its third and final year, and per the terms of the Treaty amendments and other arrangement concluded in 2008 the U.S. and Canadian Governments will begin talks in early 2011 on the future of the treaty, including any new regime.
In order for our discussions with Canada to proceed in an informed way, it is important to once again solicit the views of stakeholders on the Treaty. In consultation with my NMFS colleagues, I am requesting that all interested stakeholders write to us with any and all views as to the benefits or detriments of the treaty to your business, association membership, constituents, communities, etc. These views will be taken into account in the development of positions that the United States may take in discussions with Canada on the future of the Treaty. The nature of those positions will then inform us as to whether, and if so how, we may proceed with formal negotiations.
I am requesting written responses by mid January so that we can begin to analyze these views that are expressed and conduct any further outreach and/or coordination, as necessary. Therefore, please provide your views by January 20, 2011. Please send them to me at HoganDF@state.gov, and please copy Mark Helvey in NMFS/SWR at Mark.Helvey@noaa.gov. If that deadline presents difficulties, please let us know ASAP and we can discuss different arrangements; otherwise, if we do not hear from folks we will proceed as if their positions/views are neutral.
In sending along your views, please seriously consider including the other addressees to this message so that we can ensure transparency in the process and everyone can understand the range of views and positions that may be expressed. I believe this will help alleviate any questions related to where each stakeholder or group(s) of stakeholders stands with regard to the Treaty.
Thanks and happy holidays, DFH
p.s.: I’ve tried to include the e-mail addresses for all of the current contacts I have for folks dealing with albacore in the Pacific, but if there’s anyone else who you believe should be included in the distribution please feel free to forward my message and I’d welcome being advised of anyone I’ve missed.
David F. Hogan
Office of Marine Conservation (OES/OMC)
U.S. Department of State