Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean Operator Permit
An Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) Operator permit is for the person in charge of fishing operations (hereinafter referred to as the operator) on a U.S. purse seine fishing vessel (a vessel in excess of 400 st (362.8 mt) carrying capacity) engaged in commercial fishing operations under a vessel permit.
Fishery Type: Open access
Harvest Type: Commercial
Species Covered: Highly Migratory Species
Online Renewal: Yes - Apply Online
Logbook Requirements: Yes
Expiration Date: Annual; December 31
Eligibility: Applicants are required to attend a Skippers Workshop.
The Eastern Tropical Pacific is the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean which includes the Pacific Ocean area bounded by 40° N. latitude, 40° S. latitude, 160° W. longitude and the coastlines of North, Central, and South America.
Any person using a U.S. purse seine fishing vessel of greater than 400 st (362.8 mt) carrying capacity that does not have a valid permit obtained under these regulations to catch, possess, or land tuna if any part of the vessel's fishing trip is in the ETP.
Applicants are required to attend a Skippers Workshop prior to applying for an ETP operators permit. Workshops are conducted quarterly via webinar. For more information, contact email@example.com.