Groundfish: Five Year Review: Trawl Catch Share Program (Amendment 20); Intersector Allocation (Amendment 21)
- the trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish FMP), and
- intersector allocations (including Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).
Both the catch share program and intersector allocations went into place at the start of 2011 and a program review is required five years after implementation of catch share programs.
This webpage provides information on the review of these programs, including
- Review Process
- Upcoming Events
- Past Events
- Overview of Catch Share Program
- Overview of Intersector Allocations
- Background Documents and Public Hearing Materials
- Contact Information
See our “Getting Involved” fact sheet for general information on how to engage in the Council process.
Overview of Review Calendar and Community Advisory Board
At its June 2016 meeting, the Council adopted a process for conducting the review that included hearings and a Community Advisory Board (CAB). At its November 2016 meeting the Council provided guidance on a plan (“blueprint”) for the review document. The following is an overview of the review calendar.
|June 23-28, 2016||Council Meeting – Tacoma, WA||Council approved review process.|
|Aug 31-Sept 29, 2016||Public Hearings in Coastal Ports||Public provides comments on experiences and concerns.|
|Sept 15-20, 2016||Council Meeting – Boise, ID||Council provides guidance on development of plans (“blueprint”) for review document and appointment of Community Advisory Board.|
|Nov 2-3, 2016||Community Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting, Seattle, WA||CAB develop comments for Council.|
|Nov 16-21, 2016||Council Meeting, Garden Grove, CA (public comment deadline: Oct 18)||Council finalizes blueprint for review document.|
|Thru Nov 2017||Further Council and Advisory Body Meetingsa/||Catch share review continues to completion.
Further work on intersector allocation depends on issues identified and workload priorities.
|a/ A progress report will be provided at the April 2017 Council meeting. The review will be addressed at the June 2017 Council meeting, at which time a first preliminary draft of the review will be presented.|
Community Advisory Board
To assist in the review, the Council has appointed a Community Advisory Board (CAB) that is charged with providing the perspective of fishing communities on performance of the trawl catch share program, potential improvements, and other advice requested by the Council that may inform the program review. For information on their meetings, see the Council’s “Upcoming Events” webpage.
Shoreside Trawl, IFQ Program Participant
- Mr. Nate Stone
- Mr. Brad Pettinger
- Mr. Mike Retherford
- Mr. Chris Kubiak
- Ms. Michelle Norvell
Shoreside Nontrawl, IFQ Program Participant (Gear Switched)
- Ms. Michele Longo-Eder
At-sea Co-op Participants
- Mr. Dan Waldeck
- Mr. James Mize
Mothership Catcher Vessel
- Mr. Kurt Cochran
- Mr. Andrew Bornstein
- Mr. Jim Caito
- Mr. Mike Okoniewski
- Mr. Josh Churchman
- Mr. Paul Clampitt
- Mr. Robert Dooley
- Mr. Kevin Dunn
- Mr. Shems Jud (Chair)
- Mr. Steve Scheiblauer
Community Advisory Board Meeting
The next Community Advisory Board meeting will be a webinar, to be held February 7, 2017 (listening station will be provided at the Council office). Webinar and listening station announcement forthcoming.
Trawl Quota Program Workshop
A Pacific Coast Groundfish Quota Program Workshop was held February 16-18, 2016, in Portland Oregon. The workshop brought together working fishermen, vessel owners, processors, managers and others to discuss the current state of the trawl fishery and explore needed improvements. Workshop sponsors included the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and various interest groups. A report on this workshop was presented under the catch share program five-year review agenda item (Agenda Item G.5) at the June 2016 Council meeting.
The Council conducted a series of coastal community hearings on the catch share program and intersector allocations. At the hearings, general questions were posed, such as: How have you been impacted by the trawl catch share program and the intersector allocations? What effects should the reviews of the catch share program and intersector allocation focus on? Links to the hearing summaries are provided in the following table.
|Date (Start Time 7:00 PM)||Hearing Location||Hearing Summaries|
|Weds – Aug 31||San Luis Obispo||San Luis Obispo hearing summary|
|Thurs – Sept 1||Half Moon Bay||Half Moon Bay hearing summary|
|Tues – Sept 6||Fort Bragg||Fort Bragg hearing summary|
|Weds – Sept 7||Eureka||Eureka hearing summary|
|Thurs – Sept 8||Coos Bay||Coos Bay hearing summary|
|Mon – Sept 12||Westport||Westport hearing summary|
|Tues – Sept 13||Seattle||Seattle hearing summary|
|Weds – Sept 28||Astoria||Astoria hearing summary|
|Thurs – Sept 29||Newport||Newport hearing summary|
Council Meeting – November 2016
At its November meeting, the Council received summaries of comments from the coastal hearings and a report from the Community Advisory Board (as well as other Council advisory bodies; see “November 2016 Briefing Book, Agenda Item F.6” for those reports). Taking this input into account, the Council provided final guidance to the analysts who will be compiling information for the catch share program review. This guidance constitutes the plan or blueprint for that analysis. The Council also directed that a review of the intersector allocations be initiated over the winter and a progress report be provided at the April 2017 Council meeting.
For a general description of the trawl catch share program see the Amendment 20 webpage. The program is fully described in Appendix D of the Amendment 20 draft EIS and the first four pages of that document (pages D-1 through D-4) provide a summary of the program as it was first implemented. Since first implementation, there have been a series of trailing actions which have completed some elements of the program that were left outstanding, addressed problems that arose after implementation, and modified regulations that were outdated by the program. Information on these actions is available from the trawl trailing action webpage.
The Amendment 20 program included sector specific catch share systems and individual allocations:
- Shoreside Trawl Sector (all groundfish species, including whiting):
- Manage with individual fishing quotas (IFQs).
- Provide 90 percent of the initial allocation of nonwhiting IFQ to holders of vessel permits; AND set aside 10 percent of the initial allocation for an adaptive management program that may benefit processors and communities, among others. (Note: To-date, the 10 percent set aside for adaptive management has been passed through to IFQ owners)
- Provide 80 percent of the initial allocation of whiting IFQ to holders of vessel permits; AND provide 20 percent of the initial allocation of whiting to processors.
- Mothership Trawl Sector (whiting and groundfish bycatch species):
- Manage with a harvester co-op system and limited entry for mothership processors.
- Assign catch history to catcher vessel permits and allocate to co-ops based on the catch history of the permits that join the co-op.
- Require that vessels declare preseason the mothership processor for which they will fish in a coming year.
- Catcher Processor (CP) Sector (whiting and groundfish bycatch species):
- Create a permit endorsement to prevent expansion of the number of participants.
- Allocate whiting and bycatch to the existing voluntary co-op.
- Provide an IFQ program if the voluntary co-op fails (initially allocate IFQ equally among all permit holders).
IFQ for the shoreside fishery may not be delivered to at-sea processors, nor may quota allocated to the mothership or catcher-processor sectors be delivered shoreside. The amount of allocation available for these sectors is determined through the intersector allocation process.
The Council will be reviewing the intersector allocations contained in its groundfish FMP. These include allocations established through Amendment 21 to the FMP, allocations of sablefish and whiting, and allocations established through Amendment 6 to the FMP.
Amendment 21 concerned formal, long term allocations of a select subset of federally-managed west coast groundfish species to the limited entry trawl sectors. The long term allocations of Amendment 21 reduced the need for trawl/nontrawl allocation action in each biennial specifications process. Trawl/nontrawl allocations were needed to support the Amendment 20 trawl rationalization program and establish for the trawl sector the sector responsibility for bycatch. The Amendment 21 trawl/nontrawl allocations did not change formal allocations that were already in place for sablefish and Pacific whiting. Amendment 6 established allocations between the limited entry and open access sectors of the commercial groundfish fishery. Other than the allocations of sablefish, these allocations have not been used for many years due to constraints caused by overfished species. Additionally, trawl/nontrawl allocations for some species continue to be set through the biennial specifications process. For more detail on this amendment, see the Amendment 21 webpage.
NMFS Catch Share Review Policy Directives
NMFS Allocation Policy Directives
- Fisheries Allocation Review Policy (NMFS Policy Directive 01-119)
- Criteria for Initiating Allocation Reviews (NMFS Procedural Directive 01-119-01)
- Factors and Practices to Consider When Reviewing and Making Allocation Decisions (NMFS Procedural Directive 01-119-02)
Fishing Community Hearings on Catch Share Review and Intersector Allocation
- Public Hearing Handout 1: Catch Share Review Calendar: Approved and Possible Accelerated Process
- Public Hearing Handout 2: Catch Share Program summary, two-page graphic
- Public Hearing Handout 3: Evaluating the Performance of Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Allocations Since Implementation of the Trawl Catch Share Program
- Public Hearing Handout 4: Goal and Objectives and National Standards
- Public Hearing Handout 5: Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop Executive Summary (February 16-18, 2016); Summary of Workshop Themes
- Public Hearing Handout 6: DRAFT, 2014 NOAA Economic Data Collection Reports Spotlight
- Public Hearing Handout 7: Half Moon Bay: What We Heard From You: Half Moon Bay (NMFS Listening Tour September 2015)
- Public Hearing Handout 7: Morro Bay: What We Heard From You: Morro Bay (NMFS Listening Tour September 2015)
- Public Hearing Handout 7: Fort Bragg: What We Heard From You: Fort Bragg (NMFS Listening Tour September 2015)
- Public Hearing Handout 7: Eureka: What We Heard From You: Eureka (NMFS Listening Tour September 2015)
- Public Hearing Handout 7: Coos Bay: What We Heard From You: Coos Bay (NMFS Listening Tour September 2015)
- Public Hearing Handout 8: Exploration of landings, harvest specification and attainment time series, for stocks of interest in the historical shorebased LE trawl fishery and contemporary IFQ program (NMFS)
- Public Hearing Handout 9: NMFS Allocation Policy Guidance
Hearing Summaries are available in the “public hearings table” on this webpage.
Other Background Materials
- Full Version: Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop, February 16-18, 2016, Portland Oregon, Workshop Report and Summary of Themes
- Economic Performance Metrics for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program
- Economic Data Collection Program
- Groundfish IFQ Accounting System: 3 Updates (IFQ Contact System, QS Price Tool, and Transition from Flash to Apex Web Application)
- FISHeries Economics Explorer (FISHEyE) – create your own data summaries on the catch share program
- West Coast Region Update on Catch Shares Program (2015)
- Contact the staff officer for trawl catch shares: Mr. Jim Seger (Jim.Seger@noaa.gov) phone (503) 820-2280 ext. 416 or toll free (866) 806-7204
- Read the Council newsletter
- Comment. Comments may be mailed, emailed, or delivered in person at a Council meeting or hearing. See the Council’s contact information
- Attend a Council meeting or subcommittee meeting.