Notice of availability for Amendment 18 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register (86 FR 14401, March 16, 2021) announcing Amendment 18 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 18 would implement a rebuilding plan for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine. Comments on the proposed amendment must be received by May 17, 2021.  In order to […]

Washington extends application deadline for federal relief funding to commercial fishing industries

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission now accepting applications through April 9 Eligible commercial fishing, shellfish, charter and seafood sector industry members who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic now have through April 9 to apply with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for assistance. The 15-day extension includes additional time for industry […]

Three Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled to be Held Online

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene three Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels this year to review new stock assessments for Dover sole, spiny dogfish, lingcod, and vermilion and sunset rockfishes.  These STAR Panel meetings are open to the public, and will be held online. Dates and times of the STAR Panel meetings […]

March 2021 Decision Summary Document

Salmon Management | Pacific Halibut Management | Groundfish Management | Highly Migratory Species Management | Ecosystem Management | Administrative Matters March 4-5, 8-11, 2021 Council Meeting Decision Summary Documents are highlights of significant decisions made at Council meetings.  Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described […]

Press release: Pacific Fishery Management Council releases alternatives for 2021 West Coast ocean salmon fisheries

Portland, Oregon—The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted three alternatives for 2021 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California for public review. The Council will make a final decision on salmon seasons at its meeting on April 6-9 and 12-15. Detailed information about season starting dates, areas open, and catch limits for the three […]

Joining a meeting hosted by RingCentral

The Pacific Fishery Management Council uses RingCentral to host its virtual meetings. Here’s what you need to know to successfully attend and participate in one of our meetings. Joining the Council Webinar: To participate in the Council Webinar you must install the RingCentral app. Please note: RingCentral recently retired their RingCentral Meeting (Powered by Zoom) […]


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Current Federal legislation

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