Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Regional Vessel Register

The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Regional Vessel Register provides a record of vessels for Member countries and Cooperating Non-Members of the IATTC that are authorized to fish for tuna and tuna-like species in the eastern Pacific Ocean. This record includes associated purse seine fleet capacity for each country and establishes a basis to deter illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing(IUU) in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Under an international agreement with the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (Resolution C-11-06), the United States is required to provide the Commission with a list of vessels for the Regional Vessel Register.  Per agreement, NOAA Fisheries West Coast Highly Migratory Species Program will place vessels with active permits to fish for tuna and tuna-like species in the eastern Pacific on the Regional Vessel Register, that is currently available on the IATTC website.

In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program ( AIDCP), U.S. purse seine vessels are subject to an additional set of requirements to be place on the Regional Vessel Register. For both small and large purse seine vessels, vessels with unconfirmed well volumes will be charged an additional fee (i.e., the vessel carrying capacity in metric tons will be multiplied by a factor of 1.4 times the assessment rate). To avoid the additional fee, vessel owners should provide NOAA Fisheries with documentation confirming the vessel fish hold volume by August 1 of any given year, such that this information can be used to calculate the assessment fee for the following year. Any payments received after November 30 will be charged a ten percent late fee.

Small Purse Seine Vessels

Owners of small purse seine vessels having a carrying capacity of 400 short tons (363 metric tons) and less are required to pay a fee to the IATTC that is calculated on the well volume of the vessel.

Large Purse Seine Vessels

Owners of large purse seine vessels having a carrying capacity of more than 400 short tons (363 metric tons) are required to:
(1) Pay an observer assessment fee to the IATTC that is calculated based upon the fish hold volume; (2) Have a NMFS issued Eastern Tropical Pacific Vessel Permit; (3) Use a vessel operator with a current NMFS issued Eastern Tropical Pacific Operator Permit.

Captain Training Workshop

To be eligible for an Eastern Tropical Pacific Owner Permit , an operator must attend a Captain's Training Workshop. Operator permits are issued annually. Additional training is not required unless regulations are modified substantially, the operator no longer demonstrates proficiency, or the operator does not obtain a previous calendar year permit. Workshops are conducted by NOAA Fisheries, Protected Resources Division. Workshop dates to be determined.

 

For more information on IATTC Regional Vessel Register, or to be provided the correct amount for the fees payable to the IATTC, contact Chris Fanning at Chris.Fanning@noaa.gov or (562) 980-4198.
For more information on the Captain Training Workshop, contact Justin Greenman at Justin.Greenman@noaa.gov or 562.980.3264.