Groundfish blog

Request for nominations on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking two qualified candidates, one to represent the Washington Charter Boat position, and one to represent the Oregon Charter Boat position, on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP). The positions are for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2015. Appointments will be made at the March 7-12, 2015 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement and instructions on how to submit nominations.

Notice of availability: groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2015-2016 and biennial periods thereafter

Friday, January 16th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability for the following document: “Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 2015-2016 and Biennial Periods Thereafter; Includes the Reorganization of Groundfish Stock Complexes, Designation of Ecosystem Component Species and Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to Establish a Process for Determining Default Harvest Specifications; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)”. Visit the Council’s groundfish website for the FEIS document, the notice of availability, instructions on how to comment, and who to contact for further information.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Groundfish Management Team to Hold a Work Session

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a weeklong work session that is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, February 6 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda

The primary purpose of the GMT meeting is to prepare for the 2015 Council meetings, including the upcoming harvest specifications and management measures cycle for 2017-2018.  Specific agenda topics include a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; methodologies for estimating groundfish mortality and economic impacts for the 2017-2018 analysis; ecosystem management initiatives; analysis of rebuilding revision rules; and further consideration for flexible management of annual catch limit set-asides.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT; the GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its meetings in 2015.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
College Room
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
Driving Directions

For further information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Reminder notice and agenda available for the January 6, 2015 SSC Webinar

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar to review new methodologies proposed for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments. The online SSC webinar is open to the public. An agenda, along with additional meeting materials are now available for that Webinar. (more…)

Trawl Rationalization 2015 cost recovery fee percentages and mothership pricing

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced the 2015 Cost Recovery Fee Percentages and Mothership Pricing. Please see the December 30, 2014 Federal Register notice for details; effective date is January 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Christopher Biegel, NMFS, Cost Recovery Program Coordinator, (503) 231-6291, fax (503) 872-2737, email:

The annual report for fishing year 2014 and calculation for 2015 will be made available to the public electronically via the NMFS West Coast Region Groundfish Catch Share Program webpage.

NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective January 28, 2015. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published December 29, 2014.

For further information, please contact: Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494; Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328; Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824–5312; Elizabeth Petras, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–3238; Brent Norberg, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–6550; Kim Rivera, Alaska Region, 907–586–7424; Nancy Young, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5156.

U.S. and Canada Pacific Hake/Whiting Agreement Joint Technical Committee Meeting; January 13-14, 2015

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee (JTC) will meet on January 13-14, 2015 at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Draft agenda items include: summary of 2014 acoustics research; summary of 2014 U.S. and Canadian Pacific Whiting/Hake fisheries; and decision making. A draft agenda is available on the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Pacific Whiting Treaty webpage at:

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries. For further information, please contact NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region: email – Allan Hicks, or Miako Ushio by phone at 206-526-4644.

“The Line”, summary of West Coast fisheries news, December 2014 version available online

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

Federal Register Documents published December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Documents published on December 17, 2014 in the Federal Register that can be found on our Federal Register Notices webpage:

  • Fisheries off West Coast States; Final Rule; Regulatory Amendment to Pacific Coast Groundfish Fisheries Trawl Rationalization Program for the Start of 2015
  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Vessel Identification Requirements
  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region, Gear Identification Requirements