Groundfish FMP amendment: Gear switching and sablefish area management

At its March 2018 meeting, the Council decided it would create an ad hoc committee to address issues associated with trawl allocation attainment and under harvest of southern sablefish identified during the catch share program five-year review.  In that regard, one of the primary issues of concern has been the impacts that gear switching might […]

Groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2021-2022

In June 2019 the Council adopted a detailed process and schedule governing the development of harvest specifications and related management measures for 2021-2022 groundfish fisheries (Agenda Item I.6, Attachment 1).  The process accommodates several important sequential decision-making steps, including scientific peer review of data and analyses used for management decision-making; preparation of an appropriate analytical […]

Climate and Communities Initiative

The California Current Ecosystem (which covers nearly the entire West Coast) supports the economies and social fabric of at least 125 communities in California, Oregon and Washington. As fish populations and the ecosystems that sustain them change in response to climate shifts, there may be profound consequences for the fisheries and the communities that they […]

Groundfish FMP Amendment 28: Essential fish habitat

Groundfish essential fish habitat, Rockfish Conservation Area modifications, and Magnuson-Stevens Act discretionary closures Amendment 28 includes a new configuration of areas closed to bottom trawling to protect essential fish habitat (EFH), it removes the trawl rockfish conservation area off Oregon and California, and it includes a deep water closure of groundfish bottom contact fishing in […]

HMS FMP Amendment 6: Authorization of a deep-set buoy gear fishery

In March 2016 the Council began scoping the authorization of a fishery using deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) to target swordfish. In November 2018 the Council adopted a final range of alternatives for authorizing use of deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) as described in HMSMT Report 1, including modifications and the range of qualification rankings found in […]

Endangered Species Act (ESA) mitigation measures for salmon

On December 12, 2017, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a biological opinion (B.O.) on Reinitiation of Section 7 Consultation Regarding the Pacific Fisheries Management Council’s Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGMP). This B.O. addresses the requirement in section 7 of the Endangered Species Act to ensure that any Federal agency action “is not likely to […]

Endangered Species Act mitigation measures for seabirds

On May 2, 2017 United States Fish and Wildlife Service published its Biological Opinion (B.O.) addressing observed take of endangered short-tailed albatross in commercial groundfish longline fisheries managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. The Incidental Take Statement in the B.O. lists nondiscretionary term and conditions, one of which mandates that the Council […]