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American Tunaboat Association Records
SMC 0049  
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Description
Records of the American Tunaboat Association (ATA), a non-profit cooperative association representing the interests of tunaboat owners and crews. The collection documents the activities of the ATA as well as the history of the tuna industry in San Diego.
Background
The American Tunaboat Association (ATA) was established in San Diego in 1917 as a non-profit cooperative association that advocated for tunaboat owners and crews. The members of the ATA are owners and operators of U.S. flag vessels that use various methods, including purse seine nets, to fish commercially for tuna. Representatives of the ATA are involved in matters that affect tunaboats and the fishing industry, including international negotiations and meetings on the conservation and management of tuna stocks. The ATA also believes in the importance of maintaining a strong U.S. flag tuna fleet and supporting sustainable tuna fisheries.
Extent
265.7 Linear feet (230 cartons, 3 archives boxes, 23 flat boxes, and 1 map case folder)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.
Availability
Duplication of crew lists in series 1) ADMINISTRATION and 7) VESSEL INFORMATION is prohibited due to privacy protections. Researchers must request to view materials in box 11, folders 1-17 in advance. Original media formats are restricted; sound recordings have been digitized and listening copies are available upon request.