Sustainable Fisheries Division

Western Pacific General Longline Permit

A western Pacific general longline permit is required for anyone using longline gear to fish for pelagic species in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or Pacific Remote Island Areas, or anyone landing or transshipping pelagic species caught with longline gear in Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, or Pacific Remote Island Areas.

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Additional Requirements:

  • Carry a valid High Seas Fishing Compliance Act permit on board the vessel if fishing in international waters.

  • Carry a valid Marine Mammal Authorization Program certificate on board the vessel.

  • Carry a valid Protected Species Workshop certificate on board the vessel.

  • Carry a valid general longline permit on board the vessel.

  • Maintain and submit the Western Pacific longline logbook to NOAA Fisheries within 72 hours of returning to port.

A western Pacific general longline permit may be used to land in American Samoa pelagic species caught with longline gear outside the EEZ around American Samoa. It may not be used to fish for pelagic species using longline gear in the EEZ around American Samoa or Hawaii, or to land longline-caught fish in Hawaii.

Permits expire on March 3, and must be renewed annually. The Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) renews permits.

Regulations governing this fishery can be found at Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 665, Subpart F. Detailed information on permit conditions and other requirements can be found in the Western Pacific General Longline Regulation Summary.

High Seas Fishing Compliance Act Permit:

This permit is required for any U.S. fishing vessel fishing outside the EEZ in international waters. Regulations for this permit requirement can be found at Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 300.

Marine Mammal Authorization Program (MMAP) Certificate:

The Pacific Islands Regional Office automatically issues the MMAP Certificate to each vessel registered to a western Pacific general longline permit because the fishery is classified as a Category II fishery under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. A valid MMAP Certificate must be on-board the vessel when fishing. Permit holders do not have to apply for the MMAP Certificate, but replacement certificates may be downloaded here.

Protected Species Workshop Certificate:

Every year longline vessel owners and operators must attend and be certified for completion of a workshop conducted by NOAA Fisheries on interaction mitigation techniques for sea turtles, seabirds, and other protected species.

Contact Information:

Fishing Permits, Certificates, MMAP Report Forms, Compliance Guides and Other Information
National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Regional Office
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5190
Fax: (808) 973-2941
Email: piro-permits@noaa.gov
Web: www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_permits_index.html

Protected Species Workshop
NOAA Fisheries Pier 38 Service Center
1139 N. Nimitz Hwy, Suite 220
Honolulu, HI 96817
Phone: (808) 725-5000
Email: piropsw@noaa.gov
Web: www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_psw_index.html

Obtain or Submit Logbooks
National Marine Fisheries Service
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-5326
Email: kurt.kawamoto@noaa.gov
Web: www.pifsc.noaa.gov/fmb/fmap/federal_forms/

Enforcement Information, or To Report a Violation
National Marine Fisheries Service
Office of Law Enforcement
1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone: (808) 725-6100
Confidential hotline: (800) 853-1964
Fax: (808) 725-6199
Web: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ole/

Fishing in National Wildlife Refuges
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Remote Islands National Wildlife Refuge Manager
300 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 5-231
P.O. Box 50167
Honolulu, HI 96850
Phone: (808) 792-9550
Fax: (808) 792-9585
Web: www.fws.gov/pacificislandsrefuges