Groundfish FMP Amendment 19: Essential fish habitat

Amendment 19 designated essential fish habitat for Council-managed species. The Council approved FMP Amendment 19 and submitted it to NMFS for review on November 23, 2005. NMFS partially approved the amendment on March 8, 2006. Two provisions were disapproved: the designation of specified oil rigs in Southern California as habitat areas of particular concern and […]

CPS FMP Amendment 11: Long-term allocation framework for Pacific sardine

In June 2005, the Council adopted a long-term allocation framework to apportion the annual Pacific sardine harvest guideline among the various non-tribal sectors of the sardine fishery. The resulting Amendment 11 to the CPS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is intended to achieve optimal utilization of the resource and equitable allocation of harvest opportunity. The National […]

HMS FMP Amendment 1: Bigeye tuna overfishing

In 2004 NMFS notified the Pacific Council and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) that they must take action to address overfishing of bigeye tuna. In response, the Council moved to begin work on Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS). NMFS Southwest […]

Groundfish FMP Amendment 16 and related FMP amendments: Stock rebuilding

The Council adopted five related fishery management plan (FMP) amendments addressing rebuilding plans for overfished groundfish. These amendments, labeled 16-1 through 16-5, are described below. Amendment 16-5: Rebuilding revisions, petrale sole rebuilding plan, and other related measures The Council adopted Amendment 16-5 in June 2010. The amendment proposed to modify all existing overfished species rebuilding […]

Groundfish FMP Amendment 17: Multi-year management and the specifications and management measure process

Amendment 17 establishes a biennial process for setting harvest levels and management measures for the groundfish fishery. Under Amendment 17, the groundfish management process takes place every two years, and the harvest levels and management measures set by the process are in effect for two years. From 1990 to 2004, specifications and management measures were […]

CPS FMP Amendment 10: Fleet capacity management and market squid MSY control rule

In June 2002, the Council adopted Amendment 10 to the CPS FMP.  Relative to the limited entry (LE) fishery, the amendment established a capacity goal, provided for LE permit transferability to achieve and maintain the capacity goal, and established a process for considering new LE permits.  The purpose of this action was to ensure fishing […]

CPS FMP Amendment 9: Indian fishing rights

Amendment 9 provides for documentation of bycatch in the coastal pelagic species fishery (CPS), to ensure that a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch is in place, to put in place any necessary conservation and management measures to minimize bycatch, and to ensure that Indian fishing rights are implemented according […]

Groundfish FMP Amendment 14: Permit Stacking, Season Extension, and Other Modifications to the Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery

The limited entry fixed gear stacking program for sablefish (a catch share program) was developed and implemented in a series of actions (see Section 2.0 of the 2014 program review for details). Starting in the 1980s, the fixed gear sablefish fishery was managed using seasons (the “directed” fishery eventually came to be called the “primary” […]

Early groundfish FMP and amendments (1982-2000)

The groundfish FMP was originally implemented in 1982. Amendments developed between then and 2000 are listed. Amendment 13 (2000): Incorporated Magnuson-Stevens Act provisions for bycatch. Amendment 12 (2000): Created a framework for rebuilding plan development and content. (Note: A court decision in August 2001 remanded portions of Amendment 12 to NMFS for changes. Amendments 16-1, […]