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.

Below is the Council's quick reference agenda for the November meeting.


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 Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet September 9‐16, 2015 in Sacramento, California,  to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, ecosystem management, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Listed below are some key agenda items, which include Council considerations to:

The Pacific Council and its advisory bodies will meet June 10-16 in Spokane, at the Doubletree by Hilton.

322 N. Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201

Download the June 2015 Agenda


Beginning June 1, 2015, big skate must be sorted in the Shorebased IFQ Program and vessels participating in the Shorebased IFQ Program are subject to the following big skate cumulative limits:

Pacific whiting quota pounds (QP) were issued to quota share (QS) accounts on May 14, 2015 and surplus carryover QP will be issued to vessel accounts on or before May 26, 2015.  To view each NMFS transfer, participants may log into...

Participants in the West Coast sablefish longline fishery are invited to a series of meetings scheduled March 24-27th, 2015, from Astoria to Port Orford, OR. The purpose of these meetings is to share and discuss results of 2014 research on seabird bycatch avoidance measures and to discuss options for appropriate seabird bycatch requirements in light of research results and the experience of individual longline...

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (80 FR 12611). This rule proposes an interim tribal whiting allocation of 17.5% of the U.S. Total Allowable Catch (TAC) for the 2015 season only. This proposal is consistent with the request of the Makah Tribe, the only tribe that has expressed intent to participate in the 2015 whiting fishery. 

National Marine Fisheries announces that the final rule for the 2015-2016 harvest specifications and management measures published and is effective March 10, 2015.  This action also approves Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP.

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.

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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.