Groundfish: Gear switching and sablefish area management

At its March 2018 meeting, the Council decided it would create an ad hoc committee to address issues associated with trawl allocation attainment and under harvest of southern sablefish identified during the catch share program five-year review.  In that regard, one of the primary issues of concern has been the impacts that gear switching might be having on performance of the catch share program.  The Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC/committee) was appointed by the Council at its April 2018 meeting and given the following charge:

Identifying obstacles to achieving the goals and objectives of the catch share plan related to under attainment of non-sablefish trawl allocations and unharvested sablefish quota pounds (QP) south of 36° N. latitude. As appropriate to overcome identified obstacles, the committee will discuss and develop options, including but not limited to, actions that may modify rules for gear switching by trawl permit holders and QP leasing to vessels using fixed gear, as well as options that may encourage increased utilization of sablefish QPs south of 36° N. latitude.

The committee has met four times: June 2018, October 2018, May 2019, and October 2019.  This page provides materials considered at those meetings.

SaMTAAC Meeting: January 2020

The next SaMTAAC meeting has been scheduled for January 22-23, 2020 in Portland Oregon.

The following documents have been developed in preparation for that meeting:

SaMTAAC Meeting: October 2019

Based on its proceedings at this meeting, the SaMTAAC provided a progress report to the Council (Agenda Item H.7.a, SaMTAAC Report 1; November 2019 briefing book).

  1. October 2019 Meeting Agenda
  2. Agenda Item D.2, NMFS Report: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Report on the Purpose and Need Statement
  3. Agenda Item D.3, Attachment 1: Goals, Objectives and National Standards
  4. Agenda Item D.4, Attachment 1: SaMTAAC Principles (From October 2018)
  5. Agenda Item E.1, Alternatives: SaMTAAC Action Alternatives
  6. Agenda Item E.2, Attachment 1: Analysis of Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Issues
  7. Agenda Item E.2, Supplemental Attachment 2: Supplement to: Analysis of Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Issues
  8. Agenda Item E.3, NMFS Report 1: National Marine Fisheries Service Report.
  9. Agenda Item E.3, NMFS Report 2: NWFSC Review of WDFW QS Owner Scoring Method
  10. Agenda Item F.1, Attachment 1: Key Questions Remaining To Fully Develop Each Alternative.
  11. SaMTAAC Analysis Powerpoint
  12. Public Comment 1: Cohen
  13. Public Comment 2: Trawl Stakeholders 1
  14. Public Comment 3: OTC
  15. Public Comment 4: WCSPA
  16. Public Comment 5: Pacific Seafood
  17. Public Comment 6: Stake Holder Alternative 2
  18. Public Comment 7: Stake Holder Alternative 2 Rationale
  19. Public Comment 8:  Lackey
  20. Public Comment 9:  Lackey Powerpoint

SaMTAAC Meeting: May 2019

Based on its proceedings at this meeting, the SaMTAAC provided a progress report to the Council (Information Report 2, June 2019 briefing book)

  1. May 2019 Meeting Agenda
  2. Agenda Item B, Attachment 1: Process – Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment.
  3. Agenda Item D, Attachment 1: October 2018 SaMTAAC Principles and CAB Purpose and Need Statement.
  4. Agenda Item E, Attachment 1: Updated SaMTAAC Proposal Descriptions (Ver: April 14, 2019).
  5. Agenda Item E, Attachment 2: Updated SaMTAAC Proposal Descriptions—Alternative 3 (Ver: April 25, 2019).
  6. Agenda Item F, Attachment 1: Analysis of Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Issues, Preliminary Draft, (Incorporates Corrections from May 20, 2019 Errata) Produced for the May 21-22 2019 SaMTAAC Meeting
  7. Agenda Item F, Attachment 2: Analysis of Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Issues, Preliminary Draft – ERRATA (May 20, 2019) Produced for the May 21-22 2019 SaMTAAC Meeting
  8. Agenda Item F, Attachment 3: Updated SaMTAAC Proposal Descriptions Alternative 4 (Proposed Modifications)
  9. PFMC – SaMTAAC Meeting May 21-22, 2019, Powerpoint
  10. Public Comment 1: Pacific Seafood
  11. Public Comment 2: Lackey
  12. Public Comment 3: Ocean Gold
  13. Public Comment 3 (Video): Ocean Gold  (available from the Council’s YouTube Channel)
  14. May 2019 Meeting Summary (Draft)

SaMTAAC Meeting: October 2018

Based on its proceedings at this and the June 2018 meeting, the SaMTAAC provided a progress report to the Council (Supplemental Information Report 6, November 2018 briefing book)

  1. October 2018 Meeting Agenda
  2. Agenda Item B, Attachment 1: Report from Melissa Haltuch
  3. Agenda Item B, Attachment 2: Powerpoint from Melissa Haltuch
  4. Agenda Item C, Attachment 1: Other Analysis
  5. Agenda Item D, Attachment 1: Where Do We Want to Go?
  6. Agenda Item F, Attachment 1 (Ver: Oct 9): SaMTAAC Responses to Top-Five Exercise
  7. Agenda Item G, Attachment 1: Implementation Challenges
  8. Agenda Item H, Attachment 1 (Ver: Oct 12): Summary Table of Alternatives
  9. Agenda Item H, Attachment 2: Proposal Descriptions
  10. Agenda Item H, Supplemental Attachment 3: Day 2 – Morning: Proposal Modifications Provided by SaMTAAC Members
  11. Agenda Item H, Supplemental Attachment 4: Draft – Narrowed Proposal Descriptions (As of Noon: Oct 12, 2018)
  12. Agenda Item I, Attachment 1: Design Elements for Limited Access Alternatives
  13. Agenda Item I, Supplemental Attachment 2: Draft – Narrowed Proposal Descriptions (As of End of Day: Oct 12, 2018)
  14. Public Comment 1: Pacific Seafood
  15. Public Comment 2: West Coast Seafood Processors Association
  16. October 2018 Meeting Summary (Draft)

SaMTAAC Meeting: June 2018

  1. June 29, 2018 Meeting Agenda
  2. Agenda Item B, Attachment 1: Review Committee Charge and Calendar
  3. Agenda Item C, Attachment 1: Review of Alternatives
  4. Agenda Item C, Attachment 2: Appendices to the November 2018 CAB Report
  5. Agenda Item C, Attachment 3: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel Report on Trawl Catch Share Review, Preliminary Range of Follow-On Actions, And Intersector Allocation (September 2017)
  6. Agenda Item D, Attachment 1: Review of Existing Analysis – Extracts
  7. Agenda Item D, Attachment 2: Orientation: Existing Analysis – Extracts
  8. Agenda Item D, Attachment 3: Five-Year Catch Share Review, Index on Gear Switching
  9. Agenda Item E, Attachment 1: Agenda Item E.  Discussion of Biological Implications of Combining Northern and Southern Sablefish Management Areas for Trawl
  10. Agenda Item F, Supplemental Attachment 1: New Proposals – As Presented to SaMTAAC
  11. Agenda Item F, Supplemental Attachment 2: Where Do We Want to Go? (Objectives)
  12. SaMTAAC Powerpoint
  13. June 2018 Meeting Summary Draft