3rd Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop

Please join us in Portland!

The Fishermen’s Marketing Association, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative, West Coast Seafood Processors Association, NOAA, Oregon Trawl Commission, United Catcher Boats, and Environmental Defense Fund invite IFQ and co-op quota holders, vessel owners, captains, crew, processors, and others involved in the Pacific groundfish industry to a workshop in Portland, Oregon, February 16th-18th.

This workshop is designed to bring together working fishermen, vessel owners, processors, managers, and others to discuss the current state of the fishery and explore needed improvements. Emphasis will be on identifying key fishing, business and management strategies, as well as regulatory changes to improve the economic performance of the fishery, increase associated benefits to coastal communities, and continue to meet the conservation objectives of the catch share program.

Travel and lodging costs will be covered for all eligible attendees.

Download PDF with workshop agenda and complete information.

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.

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.

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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.