Harvest Specifications, Regulations, and Seasons: Upcoming (Next Management Cycle)
The next groundfish management cycle covers the years 2015-16. Harvest specifications (annual catch limits and related parameters) and associated management measures may be changed with a target implementation date of January 1, 2015. In June 2013, the Council adopted a decision-making schedule covering the September 2013, November 2013, April 2014, and June 2014 Council meetings, as well as ancillary committee meetings where recommendations for the Council are developed. See the Schedule of Upcoming Council Meetings for dates and venues. As they become available, materials related to Council decisions at these meetings may found in the archived briefing books and decision summary documents.
On August 22, 2013, NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the long-term impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment of setting harvest specifications (including Overfishing Limits (OFLs), Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs), and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)) and management measures, and implementing harvest specifications and management measures in Federal regulations for 2015 and 2016, pursuant to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. See the following Federal Register Notice of Intent: NMFS and the Pacific Council Announce Their Intent to Prepare an EIS for the 2015-2016 Groundfish Specifications (Published August 22, 2013).
For further information, please contact: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Fishery Management Council, phone: 503–820–2280, fax: 503–820–2299 and email: Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov; or Ms. Sarah Biegel, NMFS West Coast Region NEPA Coordinator; email: Sarah.T.Biegel@noaa.gov.