Council Operations: Council Operating Procedures

These Council Operating Procedures (COPs) have been developed and adopted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) to guide the process for development of fishery management plans, plan amendments, and regulatory measures for ocean fisheries off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. COPs are specific to Council operations, rather than fishery regulations or management specifications. They specify how the Council and its advisory entities will run their meetings including how public comments will be entertained. They document the schedules for developing plan amendments and annual management measures, and they cover special processes of importance to the Council.

List of Procedures


  1. General Council Meeting Operations
  2. Advisory Subpanels
  3. Plan, Technical, and Management Teams
  4. Scientific and Statistical Committee
  5. Enforcement Consultants
  6. Habitat Committee
  7. Groundfish Allocation Committee
  8. Ad-Hoc Committees


  1. Management and Activity Cycles
  2. Preseason Salmon Management Process
  3. Plan Amendment Cycles
  4. Update and Communication of Research and Data Needs
  5. Confidentiality of Statistics
  6. Documentation of Outside Agreements
  7. Salmon Estimation Methodology Updates and Review
  8. Weather-related Adjustment to Salmon Fisheries
  9. Foreign Fishing Permit Review Procedure
  10. Protocol for Industry Sponsored Salmon Test Fishery Proposals
  11. Protocol for Consideration of Exempted Fishing Permits for Groundfish Fisheries
  12. Protocol for Consideration of Exempted Fishing Permits for Highly Migratory Species Fisheries
  13. Highly Migratory Species Management Recommendations to Regional Fishery Management Organizations
  14. Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review and Modification
  15. Protocol for Consideration of Exempted Fishing Permits for Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries
  16. Not yet Adopted: Protocol for Consideration of Exempted Fishing Permits for Shared
    Ecosystem Component Species
  17. Groundfish Methodology Reviews
  18. Methodology and Data Review Process for Coastal Pelagic Species