International Fishery Partnerships
The following are International Fishery Partners that have embraced and endorsed sea turtle and bycatch mitigation technologies and methodologies including but not limited to dehooking devices, line cutters, circle hooks, gear types, avoidance techniques, bait types, and dip nets. Aquatic Release Conservation (ARC) applauds the efforts of our International Fishery Partners and encourages others to join them in their conservation endeavors. ARC acknowledges the cooperative efforts of U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), U.S. Department of State (DOS), NOAA Fisheries (Southeast Fisheries Science Center-Southwest Fisheries Science Center-Northeast Fisheries Science Center), International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tuna (ICCAT), Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), and the Western Pacific Regional Fisheries Management Council (WPRFMC) for their tireless contributions towards International Partnerships and compliance with accepted United States and International conservation policies and norms. ARC will continue to work with our International Fishery Partners and will contribute to their efforts in any manner deemed appropriate by them. A special thanks to AA William T. Hogarth (NOAA Fisheries), Dr. Rebecca Lent (NOAA Fisheries) Executive Director Kitty Simonds (WPRFMC), John Watson (SEFSC/MSLABS), Dr. Sheryan Epperly (SEFSC/Miami Lab), Dr. Jeff Seminoff and Dr. Peter Dutton (SWFSC/La Jolla Lab), Vicki Cornish (National Observer Program), Dennis Lee (HMS Observer Program), Charlie Bergmann (SEFSC/MSLABS), Dr. Alan Bolten, Dr. Martin Hall, Mike McCoy, Nelson Beideman aka Hammer (Blue Water Fishermen's Association), Jim Cook (Hawaii Longline Association), World Wildlife Fund, Oceana, Defenders of Wildlife, MarViva and various other NGOs, as well as countless others who have dedicated their efforts to make this International cooperative initiative possible. ARC is truly humbled and honored to be part of this cooperative initiative and to work with such icons in the fisheries.
• Nova Scotia
• Costa Rica
• Portugal (Azores)
• New Zealand
• Marshal Islands
• Papua New Guinea
• Puerto Rico
Inclusion or exclusion in this list in no manner reflects the efforts or lack of efforts of any other participating country whatsoever, or suggests the compliance or non-compliance of any Nation with any national or international law or norm. This list represents those countries that ARC is currently working in cooperation with and as a fishery partner. This list is expected to grow in time and in effort. ARC will acknowledge those partner countries as ARC becomes aware of their contributions and commitments. ARC acknowledges that ARC is not totally aware of all the efforts currently ongoing and that are in progress and apologizes for any oversight that may have occurred. If any partner Nation wishes to be included in ARC's partner list, please let ARC know and they will be added accordingly.
Aquatic Release Conservation continues to make its very best efforts to afford each and every one of our International Fisheries Partners the ability to afford their fishermen and anglers the ability to have on board and use any and all of the Careful Handling and Release equipment and to practice the Careful Handling and Release Protocols. For those International Fishery Partners that wish to help with the transfer of these mitigation technologies, please contact Aquatic Release Conservation Toll Free @ 1-877-411-4272 for information. ARC will be more than willing to explore various innovated concepts and arrangements so as to afford each partner country with the ability to outfit their fleets with these technologies in a timely manner. All international orders must be made through our main office due to international shipping and customs requirements.
For the Future of Our Fisheries,
President of Aquatic Release Conservation