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
  9. Process

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