Agreement On The International Dolphin Conservation Program

The Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP) is a legally binding agreement for dolphin conservation and ecosystem management in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP).  The objectives of the Agreement are to reduce incidental dolphin mortalities in the tuna purse-seine fishery managed through the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), which is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna and other marine resources in the ETP.  The AIDCP and IATCC manage the impacts of international tuna purse seine fisheries on marine mammals through the setting of annual limits of incidental dolphin mortalities, with goals to seek alternative means of capturing large yellowfin tunas not in association with dolphins and to ensure the long-term sustainability of tuna stocks and marine resources in the ETP.  NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region staff are involved in the conservation of marine mammals and other resources affected by resolutions made through the AIDCP and IATTC as advisors and management of policy implementation for decisions made by the U.S. and the international community.  Under the MMPA, NMFS is responsible for managing the importation of tuna harvested with purse seine nets in the ETP into the U.S. Affirmative Findings for a nation from NMFS are required to allow importation of yellow-fin tuna products from that nation.

To report a dead, injured or stranded marine mammal, please call: 1-866-767-6114 
For law enforcement, harassments,  and other violations, please call:  1-800-853-1964

For entangled marine mammals, please call: 1-877-SOS-WHALe or 1-877-767-9425
or hail the U.S. Coast Guard on VHF Ch. 16
To report derelict gear, please call:  1-855-542-3935

Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Organizations through International Affairs Link to a non-government website 

Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission Link to a non-government website 

Tuna harvested with purse seine nets in ETP Link to a non-government website 
Tuna Tracking and Dolphin Safe Link to a non-government website