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- Determination that Italy is not a Large-Scale High Seas Driftnet Nation - effective June 4, 2015
- Determination of Observer Programs as Qualified and Authorized by the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries - effective August 13, 2014
- Dolphin-Safe Labeling Requirements - effective July 13, 2013
- Compliance Guide for the Importation of Tuna
- NOAA Form 370 (Fisheries Certificate of Origin) Information
- NOAA Form 370 [pdf]
- Dolphin-Safe FAQs for American Samoa Longline Fishery
Found in temperate waters throughout the world's oceans, tuna is a much sought after fish species due to its importance as a global commodity. In the United States alone, the supply of tuna and tuna products was approximately 877 million pounds with an estimated wholesale value of $1.77 billion in 2009. In order to ensure the long-term conservation and the sustainable use of tuna stocks, international research and management organizations have been formed around the world.
Tuna and Dolphins
Due to the unique association between tuna and dolphins found only in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP), and the purse seine fishery it supports, protection of dolphin stocks has become a priority for the United States. As a result, the Dolphin Protection Consumer Information Act was passed in 1990. One of the mandates of this legislation was the establishment of a national tuna tracking program.
In 1999, the United States signed on as a Party to the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP). In addition to other requirements, the AIDCP mandates the establishment of an international tuna tracking program for tuna caught in the ETP.
Updated: January 28, 2016