Rebuilding plan for Pacific sardine

Action status

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

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 stock assessment, which estimated that the Pacific sardine stock size on July 1, 2019, would be 27,547 mt. This is below the minimum stock size threshold of 50,000 metric tons identified in the CPS FMP.

In order to meet the two-year deadline, NMFS requested that the Council finalize its action within 15 months of its notification (October 2020) so that NMFS has time to implement rebuilding measures within the two-year time period. The Council is scheduled to take initial action on the rebuilding plan at its June 2020 meeting and complete its action in September 2020.