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Captain’s Statement Templates

 

Captain's Statement Templates

Due to new NMFS regulations, for tuna labeled dolphin-safe, a new certification by the captain of the fishing vessel will be required for fishing trips that begin on or after May 21, 2016. The new certification must include:

1) no purse seine net or other fishing gear was intentionally deployed on or used to encircle dolphins during the fishing trip and no dolphins were killed or seriously injured in the sets or other gear deployments in which the tuna were caught, and 2) completion of the NMFS TTVP dolphin-safe captain's training course.

A template of the above captain's statement for trips which begin on or after May 21, 2016, can be found below. The use of this template is not mandated, however the template is provided as a courtesy to help identify the correct language required:

The requirement for an IDCP-member nation certification for all tuna and tuna product labeled dolphin-safe if such tuna was harvested by a large purse seine vessel over 400 short tons (363.2mt) in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) remains unchanged. In addition, the documentation requirements that were in effect prior to implementation of the new requirements continues to apply (see below).

 

For tuna harvested on fishing trips which began after July 13, 2013 and before May 21, 2016, previous NMFS regulations still apply: A captain’s statement is required for all tuna product labeled dolphin-safe in the United States, regardless of the location of the tuna harvest or fishing vessel gear type used. The captain’s statement templates listed below are provided as a courtesy to help identify the correct language required for a particular fishing vessel gear type, for all fishing trips that begin on or after July 13, 2013 and prior to May 21, 2016. Although the use of these templates is not mandated, they are intended to help you identify the required language.

For tuna product, labeled dolphin-safe, that contains tuna harvested on a fishing trip that began before July 13, 2013 by a purse seine vessel outside the ETP or by a large purse seine vessel in the ETP (regardless of when the fishing trip began), the documentation requirements that were in effect prior to implementation of the new requirements continue to apply, including a statement signed by the captain of the vessel certifying that no purse seine net was intentionally deployed on or used to encircle dolphins during the particular trip on which the tuna was harvested or an International Dolphin Conservation Program-member nation certification, respectively. In addition, no captain’s statement is required for tuna harvested on a fishing trip that began before July 13, 2013, by a non-purse seine vessel or by a purse seine vessel inside the ETP with a carrying capacity of 400 short tons (362.8 mt) or less.

 

 

Updated: July 29, 2016