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
- 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
- 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
Upcoming Council Meeting
This meeting will be conducted online only. Online meeting participation details will be posted as they become available.
Photo courtesy of Oriana Poindexter