Highly Migratory Species Exempted Fishing Permit applications for 2024

Application process By means of exempted fishing permits (EFPs) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) “may authorize, for limited testing, public display, data collection, exploratory fishing, compensation fishing, conservation engineering, health and safety surveys, environmental cleanup, and/or hazard removal purposes, the target or incidental harvest of species managed under an FMP or fishery regulations that would otherwise be prohibited” (50 CFR 600.745(b)). The Council […]

Summaries of commercial fishery catch, revenue, and effort (PacFIN data)

HMS SAFE Data Portal PacFIN data for the HMS SAFE is available through the HMS SAFE Portal hosted on the Pacific Fisheries Information Network (PacFIN) website. This HMS SAFE Portal, developed and maintained by PacFIN, provides a point of public access to HMS fisheries landings, revenues and participation data. This Portal supplements information provided here […]

HMS recreational fisheries description and catch and effort

Washington recreational HMS fishery statistics are available from PSMFC through their Recreational Fisheries Information Network (RecFIN) website. RecFIN provides estimates based on field sampling of HMS catch and telephone survey for effort. While RecFIN also contains estimates for Oregon, ODFW’s Ocean Recreational Boat Survey (ORBS) data are used here given nuances in recreational fishery sector […]

HMS fishery descriptions

Surface hook-and-line fishery for albacore This has been an economically valuable fishery for all three West Coast states for more than 100 years. The closure of West Coast canneries in the early 1980s led to precipitous drop in the number vessels landing albacore. In recent years landings have been concentrated in the Oregon ports of […]

California Energy Commission offshore wind energy workshop 3/3/22

The California Energy Commission will host a remote-only offshore wind energy workshop on March 3, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. The workshop will focus on Assembly Bill 525 (Chiu, Chapter 231, Statutes of 2021) and the requirement for the CEC to evaluate and quantify the maximum feasible capacity of offshore wind to achieve reliability, ratepayer, employment, and decarbonization […]

NMFS announces draft EIS available for deep-set buoy gear authorization, Amendment 6 to the HMS FMP

NOAA Fisheries announces the release of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, which includes an analysis of the potential short- and long-term impacts of the proposed action to authorize fishing with deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast, on the human […]

Pacific-wide HMS catch

Pacific-Wide Catch The data used in the graphs and summaries below use Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) public domain data, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) Tuna Fishery Yearbook annual catch estimates, and International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC) annual catch tables. Eastern Pacific Ocean Landings […]