Regulations governing the activities of any
exporter, transhipper, importer, processor, or wholesaler/distributor of any tuna or tuna
products have been published in the Federal Register. Information submitted under this
program will be treated as confidential in accordance with NOAA Administrative Order
216-100 "Protection of Confidential Fisheries Statistics". Please see the links
below for more details on programmatic regulations:
U. S. Production
Tuna canners must submit a report of all tuna
received at their facility in each calendar month. Data elements include the dolphin-safe
status, species, condition, ocean area of capture, catcher vessel, trip dates and
quantity. A quarterly report covers
the entire industry.
Every U.S. tuna purse seine vessel greater than 400 short tons
carrying capacity fishing in the ETP must have an IATTC approved observer onboard to
oversee every fishing trip. The vessel owners or management of such vessels are
responsible for notifying NMFS of the location and expected time of arrival for each
completed ETP trip. Upon request, the TTVP will issue a dolphin-safe
certificate bearing the Official Mark.
The dolphin-safe status of all
frozen and processed tuna products is to be declared on a
NOAA Form 370
(Fisheries Certificate of Origin) for each and every imported shipment.
This form is not required for fresh tuna.