The National Marine Fisheries Service is increasing the interim quota pounds available. Those pounds will begin being added to accounts during the week of January 12, 2015.  For additional information, please see the complete notice below.

This notice provides information regarding trip limits and Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) boundaries in effect on January 1, 2015.  These measures are anticipated to be in effect until superseded ...

It’s all too rare these days that we see Congress working the way it’s supposed to, so when positive, bipartisan legislation to assist our industry clears both the House and Senate, it’s worth celebrating. 

The following letter appears in the December 2014 issue of Fishermen's News.


This definitely falls under the category of "You Don't See This Every Day;" West Coast fishermen featured in a TV commercial during the World Series. We thought it was worth sharing.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to coastal pelagic species, groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, highly migratory species management, and habitat matters.

Here is all the information you need regarding the agenda, location, submitting comments and streaming the meeting.

Agenda and Meeting Notice

Listed below are some key agenda items, which include Council...

West Coast Trawlers' Network received the following announcements on the evening of Friday, November 17th.

Published in the Federal Register and open for public comment until November 10th, 2014..

This proposed rule would revise regulations for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishery with a target implementation date of January 1, 2015. Final implementation of the 2015-2016 biennial harvest specifications and management measures will likely be delayed beyond January 1, 2015.

At the September 2014 Council meeting in Spokane, WA, the Council selected their final preferred alternatives for an electronic monitoring program for the Pacific coast limited entry trawl groundfish fishery catch shares program. See the “Fishery specific tables that show the Council’s final preferred alternatives” (PDF format). More detail regarding the Council’s decision will...

The announcement by Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program that they had raised the rankings for dozens of West Coast trawl species is welcome news that is generating a lot of attention, both domestically and among seafood industry-watchers around the world.

The 67th meeting of the PSFMC will be held August 24th-26th. Please click through for an agenda and location information.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 10-17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, salmon, ecosystem management, and habitat matters.


Here is a draft agenda for the September Council meeting.

(Portland, Ore. – June 3, 2014)Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable. The designation opens up new markets for a fishery that spans California,...

There is a lot of groundfish action planned for the next Council meeting, in Garden Grove. Here is a link to the draft agenda for the meeting, and date and location information is here.

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Management Committee will meet on May 12 - 13 at the Embassy Suites in Lynwood, Washington. Agenda items currently include discussion of the Pacific Whiting Treaty process and objectives, and goals for use in the management strategy evaluation of Pacific whiting.



Dear West Coast Trawl fishermen,

Are you thinking about buying quota shares or an IFQ permit? How about leasing some quota?

The freeze on permanent transfers of quota and permits has ended and the California Fisheries Fund has been approved to use quota as collateral when making loans. Now may be a good time to think about your financing options.

At their April meeting in Vancouver, WA, the Pacific Fishery Management Council advanced a number of initiatives that may enable fishermen to bench-test electronic monitoring technologies through the use of “exempted fishing permits” (EFPs).

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Panel Sessions from "Santa Rosa II" - the West Coast Groundfish Quota Program Workshop held in Portland, Oregon, February 2012.

The IFQ Shareholders Workshop

"Santa Rosa I" - the West Coast Groundfish Quota Program Workshop held in Santa Rosa, CA, October 2010.

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This brief video captures some key concepts from the 2010 Santa Rosa meeting of West Coast trawl fishermen.