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Shorebased IFQ Sector Balances Update

2011 Species Quota Pounds, Catch-to-Date and Quota Pounds Remaining can be found at this page. Note: This data-set is not up-to-date for halibut, and discards have not yet been uploaded.

NOAA/NMFS Information and Resources

If you have questions for NMFS about the implementation of catch shares, call 206-526-4353.

For web-based information, here are links to pertinent areas within the NMFS website:

Main Website: Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Catch Share Program

Catch share program informational documents page

Click on the informational documents link to obtain fact sheets that cover:

  • Important dates for permits, endorsements and licenses
  • Trawl Catch Share Program Mandatory Economic Data Collection FAQs
  • Observer Program FAQs
  • Individual Fishing Quota First Receivers
  • Catch Monitor Providers for First Receivers

June Council Meeting Agenda and Streaming Information

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

And of course you can stream live audio fo the meeting, beginning Friday, June 12th: Live Audio Stream.

Big skate trip limits and sorting requirements, effective June 1, 2015

 

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:

  • Between June 1 & June 30: each vessel may not land more than a total of 15,000 lb of big skate; 
  • Periods 4-6 (June-August, September-October, and November-December): each vessel may not land more than a total 20,000 lb of big skate per two-month period. 
For more information, download this public notice PDF: NMFS-SEA-15-15.
 

Public Notice re QS and vessel accounts - May 2015

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 their QS or vessel account and click on the 'Transfer Summary' tab. 

For more information, see the Public Notice NMFS-SEA-15-14 on NOAA's website:

Invitation to participate in public meetings on seabird bycatch avoidance

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 fishermen. Lunch will be provided at each meeting.

Meetings are set for Asoria (March 24), Newport (March 25), Charleston (March 26) and Port Orford (March 27).

For location information, see the "2015 Port Visit Schedule" at Washington Sea Grant's and OSU's Seabird Bycatch website.


Proposed Rule to Establish an Interim 2015 Tribal Whiting Allocation and Extend Dates for Reapportionment: Proposed rule & request for comments

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. 

This action also proposes to allow reapportionment from the tribal allocation to the non-tribal sectors prior to the current allowed September date, upon written notice from a tribe that they do not intend to use a portion of their tribal allocation.
Public comments on this rule are due April 9, 2015. View the proposed rule and submit comments here. The proposed rule can also be found on the NMFS website here.

2015-2016 Final Rule for Biennial Harvest Specifications and Management Measures and Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP

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.

A public notice, which describes the 2015-2016 Management Measures, Shorebased Trawl Allocations, and Trip Limits is available on the NMFS West Coast Region website here in PDF form.

The final rule is available here.


January 9, 2015 Notice: Additional interim 2015 quota pounds available early next week

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.

2014 Year-End and January 2015 Trip Limits

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 by the 2015-2016 Harvest Specifications and Management Measures in March 2015.  View the entire notice online at:

http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/nmfs-sea-14-30.pdf

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