3rd Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 3rd Quota Program Workshop in Portland, February 16-18! It provided an excellent opportunity to recognize our collective successes and address head on the challenges we still face in building a truly durable and sustainable IFQ groundfish program.

Special thanks to sponsors Fishermen’s Marketing Association, Midwater Trawlers Cooperative, West Coast Seafood Processors Association, NOAA, Oregon Trawl Commission, United Catcher Boats, and Environmental Defense Fund.

Please help yourself to the workshop downloads below, and contact scott@fieldworkcommunications.com if we can provide additional resources, contacts, etc.


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.

Pacific Fishing Magazine, August 2013, by Deeda Schroeder

About two and a half years into the West Coast Trawl Rationalization program, fishermen and their supporters are beginning to feel confident that they understand the program.

That understanding includes the program's benefits and its weaknesses -- and how the program's expenses affect fishermen's bottom line.

By: Phoebe Higgins, California Fisheries Fund

The California Fisheries Fund is happy to be participating at the Santa Rosa IFQ Workshop. The message that we're bringing to the trawl fleet is pretty simple; we are actively looking for new investments that increase the value of catch, enhance conservation, and strengthen fishing communities.

We offer loans for:

  • Vessel purchases or...

By Jeff Osborn, Dock Street Brokers

The West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization program will soon be the third major quota share program to hit the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. There are other harvesting agreements in Alaska that mimic quota fisheries, but they don’t quite qualify. With few exceptions, participants in the established quota fisheries believe that their fisheries have greatly benefited from the change.

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