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
- Pacific Council News Fall 2020: Highly migratory species
- NMFS announces notice of intent to prepare an EIS for HMS exempted fishing permit to fish with longline gear in the West Coast exclusive economic zone; public comment to be accepted by webinar
- Highly Migratory Species Management Team to hold online meeting July 27, 2020
- Call for data and information – Essential Fish Habitat Review for Pacific Coast Highly Migratory Species
- 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
Upcoming Council Meeting
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport 18740 International Boulevard Seattle, WA 98188 Phone: 206-246-8600
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