Highly migratory species
“Highly migratory species” include tuna, some shark species, and billfish—species that range widely through the ocean, often crossing international borders. These pelagic species live in the water of the open ocean, although they may spend part of their life cycle in nearshore waters.
Highly migratory species are harvested by U.S. commercial and recreational fishers and by foreign fishing fleets. Only a small fraction of the total harvest is taken within U.S. waters.
News & events
- COVID-19 fisheries assistance
- Highly Migratory Species Exempted Fishing Permit applications for 2020
- Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Highly migratory species
- Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Management Team Webinar on Scenario Deepening, May 20
- Request for nominations for a vacancy on the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel representing Northern Charter Operations
- National Marine Fisheries Service publishes its final “List of Fisheries” for 2020
- Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and HMS Management Team to hold webinar February 26, 2020
- NMFS publishes final rule and requests comments; protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery
Upcoming Council Meeting
This meeting will be conducted by Webinar Only
Photo courtesy of Oriana Poindexter