NMFS + NOAA
If you have questions for NMFS about the implementation of catch shares, call (800) 522-0267.
For web-based information, here are links to pertinent areas within the NMFS website:
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
NMFS announces allocations of Pacific whiting, adjustments to QS accounts, adjustments to vessel accounts, and changes to the online IFQ system.
Here is a PDF with the details.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces adjustments to quota share (QS) accounts for Pacific halibut in the Shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) program, plans for vessel accounts to prepare for surplus carryover in the shorebased IFQ program, and changes to the online IFQ system.
Please see PDF below.
At the April Council meeting, NMFS released the annual catch report for the West Coast groundfish IFQ fishery. You can download the report in PDF format below.
Public notice regarding extension to emergency rule re allocation of whiting, plus info on vessel account transfers
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the publication of an extension to the temporary, emergency rule, called the Reconsideration of Allocation of Whiting, Delay of Relevant Regulations (“RAW 1”), in the Federal Register (78 FR 3848, January 17, 2013).
Additionally, as of January 15, 2013, non-renewed vessel accounts will no longer be able to receive quota pound (QP) transfers unless the account is in deficit. In the case of a deficit, a non-renewed vessel account will only be eligible to accept QP transfers in for the species in deficit and only up to the amount of the deficit.
A "2013 IFQ Important Dates Calendar" is included in this public notice for your convenience.
See the PDF below.
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the publication of a proposed rule in the Federal Register that proposes revisions to several portions of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Trawl Rationalization Program regulations and requests comments on NMFS’ preliminary conclusion that the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) selection of the no action alternative regarding the reconsideration of initial allocation of Pacific whiting (whiting) is consistent with the Magnuson‐Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), and other applicable law.
Both the public notice and the Federal Register notice are available for download below.
The National Marine Fisheries Service is requesting comments on the proposed rule for 2013-2014 groundfish biennial specifications and management mesures. This proposed rule would establish the 2013-2014 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.
For more information and to view the proposed rule, please click through to the PFMC website.