Rebuilding plan for Pacific sardine

On July 9, 2019, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) notified the Council that the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine is overfished. The Council is obligated to develop a rebuilding plan, which must be implemented within two years of the notification (i.e., July 9, 2021). NMFS determined that the stock was overfished based on a 2019 […]

Salmon FMP Amendment 20: Annual management schedule

At its April 2019 meeting, the Council received a report from NMFS highlighting the challenge in completing the regulatory work needed to implement annual regulations for the ocean salmon fishery, based on the measures developed by the Council each year at its March and April meetings. NMFS encouraged the Council to adopt a long-term solution […]

Groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2021-2022

In June 2019 the Council adopted a schedule for developing harvest specifications and management measures for 2021-2022 groundfish fisheries. The process accommodates several steps, including peer review of data and analyses used for management decision-making; preparation of an analytical document as required by law; constituent meetings sponsored by state agencies to solicit public input on preferred […]

Climate and Communities Initiative

The California Current Ecosystem (which extends from the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula up to waters off Vancouver Island) supports the economies and social fabric of at least 125 communities in California, Oregon and Washington. As fish populations and the ecosystems that sustain them change in response to climate shifts, there may be profound […]

Transition of Pacific halibut Area 2A management

In 2019, the Council decided to move forward with the transition of management authority of the Area 2A Non-Indian Commercial Directed Pacific Halibut Fishery (directed fishery) fishery from IPHC to the Council and National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). In April 2019 the Council was provided with a scoping report that outlined tasks and considerations that […]

Endangered Species Act (ESA) mitigation measures for salmon

On December 12, 2017, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a biological opinion (BiOp) on Reinitiation of Section 7 Consultation Regarding the Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. This BiOp addresses the requirement in Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act to ensure that any Federal agency action “is not likely to jeopardize […]

Sablefish area management and trawl allocation attainment (including gear switching)

In April 2018, the Council created the Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) to address issues associated with trawl allocation attainment and under-harvest of southern sablefish – in particular, the impacts that gear switching might be having on performance of the catch share program. These issues were identified during the catch share program […]

Discard survival credits and conversion rates

The annual estimates of groundfish mortality, prepared by the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program, include discard survival credits for sablefish and lingcod.  However, within the shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) program, total catch, regardless of survival, is debited from vessel quota pound accounts and tracked inseason against the trawl allocation and annual catch limits, and […]