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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a one-day work session that is open to the public.  The GMT meeting will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT work session is to discuss with the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program refinements to groundfish projection models for use in management.  The GMT’s task will be to identify which models need improvements, outline the improvements necessary, and develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will determine which models are ready for review and recommend a review schedule.  A detailed description on the process for revising and approving models is outlined in Council Operating Procedure 25.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building, Room 682
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-902-2200
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 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Council Initiates Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program with Public Hearings to be Held August 31 through September 29

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is undertaking a review of its:

  • trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish fishery management plan [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 review is required five years after implementation.  Additional information (including hearing handout materials) is available from the Council website on the groundfish webpage (Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program).

Coastal community hearings on the catch share program and intersector allocations will be held starting on August 31 and continuing through September 29.  The time for each person commenting may be limited depending on the number of people commenting.  For these hearings, general questions will be 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?

Public Comment Opportunities

Comment from the hearings will be summarized and reported to the Council at its November, 2016 meeting.  The Council will use this input as it finalizes the plans for the content and areas of particular focus for the review.

All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Date (Start Time 7:00 PM) Hearing Location Address and Contact Information
Weds – Aug 31 San Luis Obispo Marriott Courtyard
San Luis Obispo Room
1605 Calle Joaquin Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: 805-786-4200
Thurs – Sept 1 Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay Lodge
Club Room
2400 Cabrillo Hwy. South
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-726-9000
Tues – Sept 6 Fort Bragg City of Fort Bragg
Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-961-2823
Weds – Sept 7 Eureka Red Lion Eureka
Evergreen Room
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: 707-445-0844
Thurs – Sept 8 Coos Bay Red Lion Coos Bay
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-267-4141
Mon – Sept 12 Westport Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 West Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
Phone: 360-268-9101
Tues – Sept 13 Seattle Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Diamond Room
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-621-9000
Weds – Sept 28 Astoria Comfort Inn and Suites
Meeting Room
3420 Leif Erickson Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2000
Thurs – Sept 29 Newport Agate Beach Inn
Jasper Room
3019 N. Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-9411

Additional information

The five-year review webpage with details (background materials and hearing handouts:  Groundfish Trawl Five-Year Review

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.  If you have additional questions regarding the hearings, or the five-year review process, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Request for Nominations: Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board for the Five-Year Review of the Trawl Catch Share Program (Individual Fishing Quotas and At-Sea Co-Ops)

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to serve on an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB 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. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than August 18, 2016.

Please see the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancy webpage for full details.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a webinar to approve new overfishing limit (OFL) estimates for Pacific ocean perch and to discuss plans for two upcoming workshops.  The webinar is open to the public.

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to approve new OFL estimates for Pacific ocean perch for use in establishing 2017-2018 specifications and management measures, and to discuss plans for two upcoming workshops (historical catch reconstruction and stock productivity).

Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinar

The SSC webinar will commence at 2 p.m. PST, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and continue until 4 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 120-344-715
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number 1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 348-717-205
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information and System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional 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 503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413 or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.

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“The Line” May 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Line, Volume 5, No. 1, May 2016 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the March and April 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, May 2016, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter available online

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The Spring 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, Spring 2016, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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$3.4 million in grants for electronic technologies catch and compliance monitoring made available

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants that catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies (ET) for catch and compliance monitoring in U.S. fisheries. They anticipate awarding approximately $3.4 million through this solicitation.  Please see their “2016 Electronic Monitoring and Reporting RFP” webpage.  Full Proposal Due Date: Monday, June 13, 2016 by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

For more information or questions about this RFP, please contact: Kristen Byler Kristen.Byler@nfwf.org (202) 595-2445.

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Council Adopts Preliminary Preferred Management Measures for 2017-2018

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

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Council Adopts Preliminary Preferred Management Measures for 2017-2018

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The Council has reopened solicitation for nominations to the vacant Groundfish Advisory Subpanel Washington Private Sport Seat

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Washington Private Recreational seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term. The position is for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2018. Appointments will be made at the June 23-28, 2016 Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, May 26, 2016.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage for further information, including instructions on how to submit nominations.

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Council Adopts Preliminary Preferred Management Measures for 2017-2018

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Final Harvest Specifications

The Council adopted final preferred harvest specifications for 2017-2018 as outlined in http://tinyurl.com/z92znz5, Table 1, except:

  • Canary rockfish: 1,526 mt annual catch limit (ACL) in 2017-18 with ACL = ABC (acceptable biological catch) (P* = 0.45) thereafter;
  • Darkblotched rockfish: 490 mt in 2017-18;
  • California scorpionfish: 150 mt constant catch ACL;
  • Widow rockfish: ACL = ABC (P* = 0.45); 13,508 mt and 12,655 mt in 2017 and 2018, respectively; and
  • Blue rockfish harvest specifications would also include deacon rockfish.

Preliminary Preferred Management Measures

The Council adopted the following adjustments to management measures for public review

  • Updates to selected rockfish conservation area coordinates in California (See http://tinyurl.com/gle923s in Section B.1.1)
  • Deductions to the final preferred ACLs to account for groundfish mortality in Tribal, exempted fishing permit, non-groundfish fisheries (also called incidental open access), and research activities. The 2017 research set-asides for yelloweye rockfish were reduced by 0.6 mt; total research set-asides for all projects would be equal to 2.7 mt. Additionally, the tribal set-aside for canary rockfish was increased to 50 mt to facilitate analysis of impacts. Final tribal set-asides will be adopted in June
  • Preliminary annual catch targets (ACT) for cowcod (4 mt) and California scorpionfish (111 mt)
  • All management measures for blue rockfish shall be specified as blue/deacon rockfish

The Council adopted the following preliminary preferred harvest guidelines (HG) for species managed within a complex

  • Blackgill rockfish within the Slope Rockfish complex south of 40°10´ N. latitude in 2017 (120.2 mt). In the event Amendment 26, which proposes to manage blackgill south of 40°10´ N. latitude with stock-specific harvest specifications, is delayed, then implement a 122.4 mt blackgill rockfish HG within the Slope Rockfish complex south of 40°10´ N. latitude in 2018
  • Blue rockfish south of 42° N. latitude within the Nearshore Rockfish complexes north and south of 40°10´ N. latitude (304.6 mt in 2017, 311.2 mt for 2018)

Preliminary preferred trawl and non-trawl allocations were also adopted for

  • Bocaccio: trawl (39 percent) and non-trawl (61 percent) allocation
  • Cowcod: trawl (36 percent) and non-trawl (64 percent) allocation
  • Yelloweye rockfish: trawl (8 percent) and non-trawl (92 percent) allocation
  • Canary rockfish: in lieu of allocations, implement ACTs of 72 percent to the trawl sectors (1,060.1 mt) and 28 percent (406.5 mt) to the non-trawl sectors
  • Big skate: trawl (95 percent) and non-trawl (5 percent) allocation
  • Longnose skate: trawl (90 percent) and non-trawl (10 percent) allocation
  • Shelf Rockfish north 40°10´ N. latitude: trawl (60.2 percent) and non-trawl (39.8 percent) allocation
  • Shelf Rockfish south 40°10´ N. latitude: trawl (12.2 percent) and non-trawl (87.8 percent) allocation

The Council also adopted preliminary within non-trawl HG or shares for bocaccio south of 40°10´ N. latitude, canary, cowcod, and yelloweye as follows

2017

Bocaccio Canary Cowcod Yelloweye
Non-Trawl Allocationa/ 476.5 406.5 2.6 13.1
Non-Nearshore 145.6 46.5 0.8
Nearshore Fixed Gear 1.8 100 2.1
Washington Recreational HG 0.0 50 3.3
Oregon Recreational HG 0.0 75 3.0
California Recreational HG 329.1 135 3.9

2018

Bocaccio Canary Cowcod Yelloweye
Non-Trawl Totala/ 446.6 406.5 2.6 12.9
Non-Nearshore 136.4 46.5 0.7
Nearshore Fixed Gear 1.7 100 2.0
Washington Recreational HG 0.0 50 3.3
Oregon Recreational HG 0.0 75 3.0
California Recreational HG 308.4 135 3.9

a/ The values for canary would be specified as ACTs. The values for bocaccio, cowcod, and yelloweye would be non-trawl allocations.

  • Within the non-trawl sector, blackgill rockfish south of 40°10′ N. latitude will be divided 60 percent to limited entry and 40 percent to open access in 2017-2018
    • In 2017, the blackgill south of 40°10′ N. latitude non-trawl HG (44.5 mt) would provide 26.7 mt for limited entry and 17.8 mt to open access fixed gears
    • If Amendment 26 is implemented in 2018, then the blackgill south of 40°10′ N. latitude non-trawl allocation (72.2 mt) would provide 43.3 mt to limited entry and 28.9 mt to open access fixed gears
    • If Amendment 26 is not implemented in 2018, then the blackgill south of 40°10′ N. latitude non-trawl HG (45.3 mt) would provide 27.2 mt for limited entry and 18.1 mt to open access fixed gears
  • For sablefish south of 36º N. latitude, provide 70 percent to limited entry and 30 percent to open access fixed gears
Year Regulation Values Modeling Targets (includes est. discard)
Non-Trawl Allocation LE Share OA Share Non-Trawl Share LE Landed Catch Share OA Landed Catch Share
2017 621 434 186 598 419 179
2018 647 453 194 623 436 187

 

  • For Nearshore Rockfish North of 40°10´ N. latitude, the Council adopted the following state-specific shares for 2017-2018
    • Option 2 in Table 4-8 of http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7: WA (16.9 mt), OR (46.1 mt), and CA (40.2 mt)
    • The California share would be a Federal HG, whereas Washington and Oregon would be tracked in a state process

 

Shorebased IFQ Program

Allocations based on final preferred ACLs, Amendment 21 allocations, a two-year canary ACT, and a two-year bocaccio allocation. The daily vessel limit, designed for overfished species, for canary rockfish would be removed, given that the stock is rebuilt. Trip limits for non-IFQ species would be the same as in 2016, except for big skate.

Big skate trip limits coastwide for shorebased IFQ fishery for 2017-2018.

JAN-FEB MAR-APR MAY-JUN JUL-AUG SEP-OCT NOV-DEC
5,000 lbs./2 months 25,000 lbs./2 months 30,000 lbs./2 months 35,000 lbs./2 months 10,000 lbs./2 months 5,000 lbs./2 months

Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) would have the same configuration as in 2016, except that north of 48°10’ N. latitude the shoreward boundary would be 100 fm and the seaward boundary would be 150 fm.

At-Sea

The Council adopted preliminary preferred allocations based on final preferred ACLs, Amendment 21 allocations, two-year allocations for canary rockfish, and set-asides (see Table 4-20 in http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7).

 

Catcher-Processor Allocations (mt)

Species 2017 2018
Canary 16 16
Darkblotched 13.5 13.5
Pacific Ocean perch 10.2 10.2
Widow rockfish 411.2 384.8

Mothership Allocations (mt)

Species 2017 2018
Canary 30 30
Darkblotched 9.5 9.5
Pacific Ocean perch 7.2 7.2
Widow rockfish 290.3 271.6

Non-Nearshore

The non-trawl RCA seaward boundary from 40°10´ to 34°27´ N. latitude would be moved from 150 to 125 fm. The same trip limits as in 2016 would be in place for 2017-2018 except for the following.

Sablefish

North of 36° N. latitude for limited entry and open access fixed gears for 2017-2018.

Fishery Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun July-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec
LE 1,125 lbs/week, not to exceed 3,375 lbs bimonthly
OA 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,400 lbs, not to exceed 2,800 lbs bimonthlya/

a/ Preliminary modeling indicates that these limits will exceed the OA sablefish share; reduced trip limits are expected for the June Briefing Book.

South of 36° N. latitude for limited entry and open access fixed gears.

Fishery Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun July-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec
Limited Entry 1,700 lbs/week
Open Access 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,600 lbs.,

not to exceed 3,200 lbs. bimonthly

Blackgill rockfish:  For 2017, implement the same trip limits for limited entry and open access as in 2016.  For 2018, assuming Amendment 26 is implemented, develop new trip limit projections based on 2,000 lbs/2 months for limited entry and 800 lbs/2 months for open access. These trip limits are higher than the 2016 trip limits but lower than the options presented in Table 4-28 in http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7.  If Amendment 26 is not implemented in 2018, the proposed limit of 2,000 lbs/2 months is estimated to exceed the limited entry share. The 800 lbs/2 months for open access is estimated to be within the open access share even if Amendment 26 is not implemented. The 2016 trip limits for limited entry and open access are expected to stay within the shares if Amendment 26 is not implemented in 2018.

Bocaccio

Limited entry south of 40°10′ N. latitude

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
40°10′ – 34°27′ 1,000 lb / 2 mo
South of 34°27′ 1,500 lb CLOSED 1,500 lb / 2 mo

Open access south of 40°10′ N. latitude

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
South of 40°10′ 500 lb CLOSED 500 lb / 2 mo

Remove bocaccio from the aggregate trip limit between 40°10′ N. latitude and 34°27′ N. latitude to reduce discarding as the stock continues to rebuild and encounters increase.

Canary rockfish: Trip limits of 300 lbs/2 months for limited entry and 150 lbs/2 months for open access.

Yellowtail rockfish: 1,000 lbs/month for limited entry and 500 lbs/month for open access.

Shelf rockfish: Open access between 40°10′ N. latitude and 34°27′ N. latitude

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
400 lb CLOSED 400 lb / 2 mo

Nearshore

The non-trawl RCA shoreward boundary would be moved from 60 to 75 fm south of 34°27′ N. latitude. The same trip limits as in 2016 would apply, except:

Canary trip limits: 300 lbs/2 months for limited entry and 150 lbs/2 months for open access coastwide.

Black rockfish, LE and OA: 7,000 lbs/2 months for both limited entry and open access in California between 42° N. latitude and 40°10′ N. latitude.

California scorpionfish:

Limited entry and open access bi-monthly trip limits (lbs.) for California scorpionfish.

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
1,500 lb Closed 1,500 lb / 2 mo

Tribal

The Council adopted preliminary preferred tribal measures that are the same as in 2016, except that

  • Sablefish discard mortality would be reduced from 1.6 to 1.5 percent
  • Midwater trawl: Treaty midwater trawl fishermen will be restricted to a total catch of 1,000 mt of yellowtail rockfish for the entire fleet. Widow rockfish will be managed not to exceed 200 mt for the entire fleet
  • For Dover sole, English sole, Other Flatfish, and arrowtooth flounder, trip limits will be established in tribal regulation only and adjusted in-season to stay within the overall harvest targets and overfished species limits
  • For canary rockfish, the tribal fisheries will be managed to the tribal set-aside, which will be determined before the June 2016 Council meeting

Washington Recreational

The Council adopted preliminary preferred measures that are the same as in 2016, except:

Bag Limits and Sub-limits

  • Marine Catch Areas 1 and 2: Aggregate bag limit of 12 groundfish which includes a sub-limit of 10 rockfish, including up to 1 canary rockfish, 2 lingcod, and 2 cabezon (i.e., status quo with additional canary rockfish sub-limit).
  • Retention of up to 2 canary rockfish would be considered in 2018 for all areas.

 

Recreational Season Dates

  • Marine Catch Areas 1, 2, and 3: Bottomfish and lingcod seasons would open on the second Saturday in March and continue through the third Saturday in October. The lingcod season would be revised to be the same as the bottomfish season.  The status quo lingcod season is open the Saturday closest to March 15, through the Saturday closest to October 15.
  • Marine Catch Area 4: Bottomfish season would open on the second Saturday in March and continue through the third Saturday in October; lingcod season would remain status quo (i.e., April 16 through October 15).

 

Deepwater Lingcod Closure

  • Marine Catch Area 1: Revise the current deepwater lingcod closure by moving the southern boundary northward five nautical miles. Specifically, fishing for, retention, or possession of lingcod is prohibited seaward of a line connecting the following coordinates: 47°70´ N. latitude, 124°45.00´ W. longitude (Queets River), to 47°38.17´ N. latitude, 124°30.00´ W. longitude, to 47°38.17´ N. latitude, 124°21.00´ W. longitude, to  46°33.00´N. latitude, 124°21.00´ W. longitude.

Oregon Recreational

The Council adopted preliminary preferred measures that are the same as in 2016, except

  • The kelp greenling minimum size limit (10 inches) would be removed
  • Coordinates would be published in regulation for expanding the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, if necessary (see http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7 in Table 4-59)

New Management Measures

California Recreational

The Council adopted the following preliminary preferred recreational RCA configuration and season structures. Compared to the 2016 season structure, the proposal for 2017-2018 would provide increased opportunities in almost all areas.  The California scorpionfish season is proposed to be the same as in 2016, which is closed from September to December.

 Bag Limits

The same limits as in 2016 were selected as the preliminary preferred measures, except for the following:

  • Black Rockfish – decrease the sub-bag limit from five fish to three fish statewide to keep projected mortality within allowable impacts
  • Bocaccio – eliminate the sub-bag limit and allow retention of up to 10 fish within the rockfish, cabezon, and greenling complex (RCG) bag limit to provide more opportunity for anglers and reduce discarding
  • Canary Rockfish – allow retention of one canary rockfish within the overall 10 fish RCG bag limit to reduce discards while preventing canary from becoming a target species
  • Lingcod – reduce the lingcod bag limit to two fish statewide in light of recreational harvest levels since 2013

New Management Measures (See http://tinyurl.com/gle923s)

  • New inseason process outside a Council meeting to control catch of black, canary, and yelloweye rockfishes in the California commercial and recreational fisheries (Section B.2.5)
  • Nine new overfished species hotspot closures (Section B.2.6)
  • Allow petrale sole and starry flounder to be retained, along with species in the Other Flatfish complex, at any depth during the seasonal depth closures (Section B.2.7)

New Management Measures to be Considered Outside the Biennial Specifications Process

The Council also forwarded two new management measures to be considered outside the biennial specifications process but implemented in 2017-2018. The Council is considering the following modifications to the within trawl Amendment 21 allocations for darkblotched and Pacific Ocean perch (POP) for 2017-2018.

2017-2018 Amendment 21 Allocations (mt) with Proposed Modifications in Parenthesis

Trawl Allocation Shorebased IFQ Catcher-Processor Mothership
Darkblotched – 2017 & 2018 439.6 416.7 (394.6) 13.5 (25) 9.5 (20)
POP – 2017 139.3 121.9 (104.3) 10.2 (20) 7.2 (15)
POP – 2018 144.0 126.6 (109.0) 10.2 (20) 7.2 (15)

Additionally, the Council is considering changing the catch control mechanism for darkblotched and POP from formal allocations to the at-sea sectors to set-asides. Set-asides are not formal allocations, but they are amounts which are not available to the other fisheries during the fishing year.  Set-asides are managed on an annual basis unless there is a risk of a harvest specification being exceeded, unforeseen impact on other fisheries, or conservation concerns, in which case inseason action may be taken. Set-asides may be adjusted through the biennial specifications and management measures process as necessary. The Council is scheduled to discuss these proposals at the June 2016 Council meeting, with final action scheduled for September 2016.

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