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Final Harvest Specifications

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

Preliminary Preferred Management Measures

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

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

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

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.

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



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

Washington Recreational

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

Bag Limits and Sub-limits

Recreational Season Dates


Deepwater Lingcod Closure

Oregon Recreational

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

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:

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

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.

PFMC
05/05/2016