Harvest Specifications, Regulations, and Seasons: Current Management Cycle

  • Current Harvest Specifications, Regulations, and Seasons
  • Inseason Adjustments, Regulatory Changes

Current Harvest Specifications, Regulations, and Seasons

The Pacific Fishery Management Council develops and recommends harvest specifications and management measures to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Examples of a harvest specification include annual catch limits for a species or species complex. Examples of management measures include cumulative landing limits for commercial fisheries, rockfish conservation area boundary adjustments, bag limits, and seasons.

If approved by NMFS, these harvest specifications and management measures typically become effective on January 1 of any given year (the beginning of the management cycle) and are in place for a two-year period, except as changed through inseason adjustments to management measures. The following links provide information on the development of the harvest specifications and management measures for 2019-2020.


Inseason Adjustments, Regulatory Changes

The Council routinely considers inseason adjustments to ongoing fisheries with the objective of maximizing fishing opportunities while staying within annual catch limits.

Key Data

Key data used to inform management decisions are provided by the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program. Inseason tracking of catches are provided by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission. Commercial fishery catches are tracked through Quota Species Monitoring Report and recreational catches are tracked through RecFIN.

Area management strategies are fundamental to west coast groundfish management. These closures include rockfish conservation areas, cowcod conservation areas, and essential fish habitat closed areas. You may also see the maps of groundfish closed areas using Google Earth.