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Discard survival credits and conversion rates

Action status

  • Implemented
  • Undergoing NMFS Review
  • Approved by Council
  • Under development by the Council

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 there is no postseason quota pound adjustment to account for discard survival. The Council considered an IFQ survival credit for discarded lingcod and sablefish as part of its deliberations on the groundfish specifications for the 2019-2020 period, with scoping beginning in June 2017.