Amendment 15: An initiative to provide de minimis ocean fishing opportunity for Klamath River Fall Chinook

Amendment 15 allows minimal, or de minimis fisheries in years when the Klamath River Fall Chinook conservation objective is projected not to be met. Alternatives are presented for determining a maximum harvest rate for Klamath fall Chinook that would be allowed under de minimis fisheries. Final rule (effective March 26, 2008) Salmon FMP Amendment 15 final environmental […]

Control date: Open access limited entry

Date: September 13, 2006 Federal Register summary: “NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) are beginning to develop a groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) amendment and management measures to reduce harvest capacity in the open access portion of the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery in Federal waters off Washington, Oregon, and California. This document announces […]

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 […]

Control date: Spiny dogfish

Date: April 8, 2005 Federal Register summary: “The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is considering implementing management measures for the spiny dogfish (Squalus acanthias) fishery off Washington, Oregon and California. This document announces a control date of April 8, 2005, for the spiny dogfish fishery. The control date for the spiny dogfish fishery is […]

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 […]

Control date: Trawl individual quotas

Date: November 6, 2003 Federal Register summary: “The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is considering implementing an individual quota (IQ) program for the Pacific Coast groundfish limited entry trawl fishery off Washington, Oregon and California. The trawl IQ program would change   management of harvest in the trawl fishery from a trip limit system with cumulative […]

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 […]