Marine Resource Education Program workshop series (2022-2023)

The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is happy to announce a two-part Marine Resources Education Program West Coast Fisheries Science & Management workshop series October 4-6, 2022 (science) and January 17-19, 2023 (management). Applications are being accepted now. Interested fishermen should apply by September 16 at (please note, the deadline has been extended).  The Marine Resource Education Program (MREP), […]

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to hold meeting October 12-14, 2022

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) is holding a meeting, which is open to the public located at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Room, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive in La Jolla, California 92037. The meeting will be held Wednesday, October 12, 2022 through Friday, October 14, 2022, starting at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time each day. Meeting times are an estimate, meetings will end when business for the day has been completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The principal purpose of this meeting is to discuss and prepare analyses supporting Council action on hard caps for the California large mesh driftnet (DGN) fishery. This action would establish hard caps (i.e., limits) on the number of observed mortalities/injuries of nine high priority protected species identified by the Council. Hard caps may apply to individual vessels or the fishery as a whole. If a limit is met or exceeded, both the observed vessel and any vessels determined to be unobservable would stop fishing, or the DGN fishery as a whole, would close for a prescribed time period. At its June 2022 meeting the Council chose a range of alternatives for a hard caps fishery management regime to support further consideration of the action. The HMSMT will also discuss ongoing work to reevaluate the definition of essential fish habitat described in the HMS Fishery Management Plan, other relevant items on the agenda of the November 2022 Council meeting, and future HMSMT work on tasks assigned to it by the Council.

Meeting materials

Meeting materials will be posted to this page as soon as they are available.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding tthis meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to hold online meeting April 22, 2022

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) is holding an online meeting, which is open to the public. The online meeting will be held Friday, April 22, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time and continues Friday, April 29, 2022, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

Commercial fishery descriptions

Surface hook-and-line fishery for albacore This has been an economically valuable fishery for all three West Coast states for more than 100 years. The closure of West Coast canneries in the early 1980s led to precipitous drop in the number vessels landing albacore. In recent years landings have been concentrated in the Oregon ports of […]