Vessel Registration Requirements for the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

Registration Form and Disclaimer (please print clearly in capitals). Reporting Information and requirements below.

This page is provided for information purposes only.

To fill out a copy of this form, please download the PDF version and follow the instructions on the form for submission.

Please indicate which vessel database(s) you are seeking to be listed on: WCPFC and/or IATTC .

NOTE: Registration does not need to be renewed annually once a vessel has been placed on the appropriate list.

A. General Vessel Information




(i) Name of fishing vessel (ii) Vessel Registration Number (VRN) (iii) WCPFC I.D. Number (write your VRN)
Applicable for WCPFC authorization only.



(iv) Previous names of vessel (if known) (v) Port of registry

B. Name and address of the vessel owner(s)









City Province Postal Code Country

C. Name and nationality of the vessel master (Applicable for WCPFC authorization only.):

D. Previous flag (if any):


E. International Radio Call Sign:

F. Vessel communication types and numbers (e.g. Inmarsat A, B and C numbers and satellite telephone number):

G. Colour photograph of the vessel showing its registration number:


To be sent via email to (jpeg or tiff)


H. Where and when the vessel was built:     Location:



I. Type of vessel (e.g. troll):


J. Crew complement (number of crew) Applicable for WCPFC authorization only.:


K. Type of fishing method or methods (e.g. jig):


L. Length of vessel (meters):


M. Moulded depth of vessel (meters):


N. Beam (meters):


O. Gross registered tonnage:


P. Power of main engine or engines:


Q. Vessel Capacity:




(i) Carrying capacity (ii) Freezer type (iii) Number of Freezers onboard




(iv) Freezer capacity (v) Fish hold capacity (in cubic meters)  

Vessel Owner or Vessel Master

I, _________________________________ (insert vessel owner’s or vessel master’s name), do hereby authorize the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to release the personal information contained in this form to the Secretariat(s) of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and/or the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), for the purposes of meeting vessel registration requirements as set out under WCPFC Conservation and Management Measure CMM 2004-01 and IATTC Resolution C-11-06. (If the vessel owner is a company - I hereby certify that I am the authorized signing officer on record with the Pacific Fishery Licence Unit for the above noted company).


Print Name
Date Received Received By (initials) Sent By
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Date Forwarded Date Approved by WCPFC Date Approved by IATTC


Canadian-flagged vessels require prior authorization to harvest tuna within the Convention areas of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) and the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC)

The WCPFC is the central decision making body for management of tuna in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (waters west of 150 degrees W longitude). Canada has been a member of the WCPFC since it entered into force in 2004 and is required to implement WCPFC conservation and management measures. As per WCPFC Conservation and Management Measure 2009-01 (CMM 2009-01), all vessels must be on a WCPFC list of authorized vessels prior to harvesting within the WCPFC Convention Area. Canada submits its list of authorized vessels to the WCPFC annually.

Inter- American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC)

The IATTC is responsible for the conservation and management of tuna fisheries and other fish stocks caught by tuna-fishing vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. The Convention Area includes the waters of the Eastern Pacific Ocean east of 150° W longitude, including part of Canada’s domestic waters. As per IATTC Resolution C-11-06, all vessels must be on the IATTC list of authorized vessels prior to harvesting within the IATTC Convention Area. As with the WCPFC, Canada submits its list of authorized vessels to the IATTC annually.

Information Requirements

The information required under WCPFC CMM 2009-01 and IATTC Resolution C-11-06 includes information DFO does not normally collect. Therefore, to place your vessel on the list(s) of authorized vessels, the Department requires that all harvesters planning to harvest within the WCPFC and/or IATTC Convention Area(s) complete the registration form on the reverse side and submit it to the Department, providing consent for the information to be released to the Secretariat(s) of the WCPFC and/or IATTC. The Department will provide confirmation of authorization to the vessel master as listed on the registration and consent form. Please allow a minimum of 10 working days to receive confirmation of authorization by the Department, prior to entry into the WCPFC Convention Area.

Vessels which harvest tuna in the Convention Area of the IATTC or WCPFC without being on the list of authorized vessels will be harvesting contrary to international requirements and their Conditions of Licence which will result in enforcement action. Harvesters should assume any harvest activity within the WCPFC Convention Areas is unauthorized until confirmation of authorization from the Department is received. Vessels may harvest in the IATTC Convention Area once they have submitted the completed form to DFO, confirmation of a vessel’s inclusion on the IATTC authorized list will not be provided. A complete list of authorized vessels is also available by visiting the WCPFC website at and the IATTC website at

The WCPFC and IATTC Secretariats house all information provided by all members and use it solely for the purposes of statistical analyses as it relates to implementing the respective Conventions and any resolutions or measures adopted by the Commissions. This information will be posted on the WCPFC and/or IATTC websites.

Vessel Monitoring Systems

While in the WCPFC Convention Area all vessels, regardless of length, are required to install and maintain a vessel monitoring system. While in the IATTC Convention Area, vessels greater than 24 meters in length are required to install and maintain a vessel monitoring system. To minimize the impact on harvesters, the Department has developed general technological requirements that allow harvesters to obtain one system to satisfy both the WCPFC and IATTC resolutions. Vessel owners should reference Conditions of Licence for specific requirements. All VMS systems are required to fill out the DFO VMS form, and those harvesting in the WCPFC are required to complete an additional WCPFC Vessel Tracking Agreement (VTAF) form. Information forms are available at: or the Pelagic Resource Manager at 604-666-2188.

Please submit completed forms to the Pelagic Resource Manager via mail, fax, email or in person.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 - 401 Burrard Street
Vancouver BC V6C 3S4

Phone: (604) 666-2188
Fax: (604) 666-9136