NMFS publishes final rule and requests comments; protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery

NMFS is publishing regulations under the authority of Section 303(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to implement an immediate closure of the California/Oregon drift gillnet (DGN) fishery for swordfish and thresher shark (14 inch (36 cm) minimum mesh size) if a hard cap (i.e., limit) on mortality/injury is met or exceeded for […]

NMFS publishes proposed rule: 2020 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement

On January 23, 2020 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule “2020 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement”, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through the AD, NMFS identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be […]

Pacific Council News Winter 2019: Highly migratory species

Council Chooses Not to Consider Shallow-Set Longline Permit Swordfish. Photo: Joe Fish Flynn/Shutterstock In November the Council chose not to continue considering a West Coast permit to use shallow-set longline fishing gear outside the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) at this time. Members of the fishing industry had been asking the Council to discuss allowing […]

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet in Long Beach, CA August 7-8, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public, Wednesday, August 7, and Thursday, August 8, 2019, and will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day. The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to review the analysis […]

Pacific Council News Summer 2019: Highly migratory species

Highly migratory species shorts Deep-set buoy gear: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) presented an analysis of the biological impacts of a deep-set buoy gear fishery in June. The data comes from observer records and logbooks for deep-set buoy gear exempted fishing permit activity from 2015 through early 2019, and shows how many targeted and non-targeted species were caught with […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2019: Highly migratory species

Council explores ways to measure bycatch, interactions in drift gillnet fishery In March, the Highly Migratory Species Management Team reported on the development of new methods to report bycatch rates in the large-mesh drift gillnet fishery relative to performance metrics. Performance metrics provide a way for the Council to monitor the drift gillnet fishery’s bycatch […]

Tuna and olive salad sandwiches

Ingredients 1/4 cup mayonnaise 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 2 (6-oz) cans light tuna packed in olive oil, drained 1/2 cup chopped drained bottled roasted red peppers 10 Kalamata or other brine-cured black olives, pitted and cut lengthwise into strips 1 large celery rib, chopped 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion 1 (20- to 24-inch) […]

Indonesian albacore satay

Ingredients 1-1/3 pounds skinless Pacific albacore, cut into large cubes Marinade: ¼ cup lime juice 4 teaspoons vegetable oil 1 teaspoon ground coriander 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Dipping sauce: 3 tablespoons peanut butter 3 tablespoons warm water 1 tablespoon lime juice generous pinch of cayenne ¾ […]

Albacore teriyaki

Ingredients 1 to 1½ pounds troll-caught albacore loin cuts 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks 3 tablespoons salt-reduced soy sauce 2 tablespoons sherry 1 tablespoon grated ginger root 1½ teaspoon dry mustard 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 teaspoon brown sugar 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1-2 large green peppers, cut into large pieces skewers (soaked in […]