The Groundfish Trawl Gear Modification Workshop was held in Newport, OR July 26-28, 2016. Some 75 fishermen, NOAA officials, scientists, researchers, trawl manufacturers and others came together for a very interesting two days of knowledge sharing. Below you will find videos of the workshop sessions along with presentations that panelists presented.

Please download the agenda for the July 26-28 Gear Modifications Workshop in Newport, below.

There is no fee to attend the workshop, but the deadline for RSVPs is June 30th, so please notify Kathering Mah at to provide her with your information.

More complete information about the workshop can be found here.

The final report from Portland's February workshop is now available. It is recommended to anyone seeking to understand the complex, multispecies trawl fishery of the West Coast. Many thanks to the fishermen who attended the workshop, the Fisheries Leadership & Sustainability Forum and the Steering Committee that guided the entire process. Please use the link at the bottom of this page to...

Industry leaders and the Environmental Defense Fund invite you to join us for a two-day workshop for skippers, crew, vessel owners, managers, and researchers involved in groundfish trawl fisheries and trawl gear modification research. The workshop will be held in Newport, July 26th - 28th.


It looks like most of the Council activity on groundfish will occur June 25th thru the morning of the 28th. Please see the links to agendas below.

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The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 21‐28, 2016 in Tacoma, Washington to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, Pacific Halibut, and habitat matters. Listed below are some key agenda items, which include...

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the U.S. Pacific whiting Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for 2016 is 367,553 metric tons (mt).  2016 harvest specifications and allocations are as follows:

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) will award grants that catalyze the implementation of electronic technologies (ET) for catch and compliance monitoring in U.S. fisheries.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 9-14, 2016 in Vancouver, Washington. The April 2016 Council Meeting Decisions Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decisions Summary Document.

One of the priority areas for Fisheries Innovation Fund grants in 2016 is the West Coast groundfish fishery. Below is more information on this funding opportunity, which may be of interest to fishermen and fisheries organizations, NGOs, municipalities and emerging businesses.

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The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) reminds the fishing industry of several year-end items for the groundfish fishery's trawl rationalization program, a catch share program, as we approach 2016.

The limited entry fixed gear and open access sablefish daily trip limit fisheries north of 36 degrees north latitude with close on November 1, 2015. Landings of sablefish must begin by midnight, October 31, 2015.


NMFS has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (80 FR 53088; September 2, 2015) that would clarify and expand the methods available by which quota share (QS) owners in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota Program would divest themselves of excess QS. The proposed rule is currently available for public review and comment.

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.

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.

(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,...

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.

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