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 management alternatives; and notice and comment rulemaking to implement new biennial regulations. All of these steps need to be timed so that the new regulations can be put in place on January 1, 2021.

In September 2019 the Council adopted the assessments, catch-only projections, yelloweye rockfish projections of new acceptable biological catches, and the yelloweye catch report endorsed by the Scientific and Statistical Committee. These assessments and projections will inform management of the West Coast groundfish fishery in 2021 and beyond. The assessments may be found on the stock assessment page.

In November 2019, the Council adopted a range of management measures necessary to implement the 2021-22 harvest specifications as recommended by the Groundfish Management Team (GMT), Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, and the Tribes.

The Council also adopted a suite of management measure recommendations from California and Washington for analysis by the GMT. Additional measures chosen for detailed analysis include 1) modifications to existing allocations for lingcod south of 40° 10’ N. lat., slope rockfish south of 40° 10’ N. lat. including blackgill rockfish, and widow rockfish; and 2) allowance of yellowtail rockfish retention in the salmon troll fishery south of 40° 10’ N. lat. Advisory body and management reports may be found in the November 2019 briefing book, Agenda Items H.6 and H.8.

Recent Council meeting briefing documents related to the 2021-2022 biennial process