HMS recreational fisheries description and recent 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 […]

Commercial 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 […]

HMS landings by species

The figures on this page present information on HMS landings over the last 10 years, or 2012 – 2021. HMS landings and revenue compared to other species groups The graph below shows landings in metric tons and inflation-adjusted ex-vessel revenue from species managed under the Council’s four FMPs. For HMS this has varied from $23 […]

Habitat Committee to hold online meeting February 24, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold an online meeting of its Habitat Committee (HC) to consider information on marine planning and offshore development activities.  This meeting is open to the public.  The online meeting will be held Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting materials

Agenda: Habitat Committee February 24, 2021 online meeting

C.2 Situation Summary: Marine Planning Update (from March 2021 briefing book)

Submit Public Comment on Agenda Item C.2 Marine Planning

Purpose of the meeting

Representatives of the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration will present information related to the identification of Aquaculture Opportunity Areas, and representatives of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Development will provide a presentation on identifying potential offshore wind energy sites.  The HC and other Pacific Council advisory bodies will consider the information and will develop reports to the Pacific Council for its March 2021 meeting.

The HC may discuss other habitat-related issues related to the Pacific Council’s March meeting agenda, as necessary.  A meeting agenda will be posted to the Pacific Council’s website in advance of the meeting.

Technical information

Attendee instructions

System requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 8 or 10
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See your phone’s App Store and search for RingCentral meeting or visit RingCentral Mobile App site)

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the online meeting, please contact  Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Nominations to the 2021-2023 Permanent Advisory Committee for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

NOAA Fisheries is seeking nominations for the Permanent Advisory Committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act. The Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention, will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to […]

Climate and Communities Initiative climate change scenarios

The Council developed four scenarios to explore the implications of climate change to 2040 in the California Current Ecosystem. These scenarios were used in a series of four regionally-focused workshops conducted between mid-December 2020 to early February 2021.  First, you should view this 10-minute video that will give you a high-level view of the scenario […]