Pacific Fishery Management Council Announces Sardine Distribution Workshop

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), announces a scientific workshop to consider the distribution of the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine. The workshop is open to the public.


The purpose of the workshop is to consider scientific information, data, and potential alternative means for establishing the Distribution value used in the Pacific sardine harvest control rule (HCR). The workshop is not intended as a review of other aspects of the HCR, Pacific sardine harvest management, or policy. The current Distribution value of 0.87 is intended to account for the fact that some portion of the U.S. sardine stock is present and subject to harvest outside U.S. waters. It is intended as a long-term average, recognizing that the distribution is variable because the sardine stock migrates seasonally and interannually.

New! Workshop Materials

Workshop materials are available for download from the Council’s ftp site:

Please contact Sandra or Kris if you need technical assistance downloading the materials.

Workshop Dates and Times

The workshop will take place August 17-19, 2015.  Workshop times are Monday 1-5 p.m., Tuesday 8-5 p.m., and Wednesday 8-12 p.m. or until business for that day is completed.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at the following location:

Pacific Conference Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Additional Information

This workshop is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.