Tag Archives: PFMC

Catch Shares: West coast groundfish management is disaster, say participants

The Pacific Groundfish Quota Program Workshop Workshop brought together nearly 200 people who had been involved in creating, implementing, or making a living under the program, to look at successes and failures in the past five years. Most found the program had both, but criticism was harsh at the two-day workshop, held in Portland a few months before the Pacific Council begins the program’s first five-year review. The workshop was also known as Santa Rosa III, the third workshop of stakeholders looking at performance. The first in the series was held in Santa Rosa near the start of the IFQ program. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), who implemented the program in 2011, offered a scorecard of three successes and five “causes for concern” since the program began. Others were more blunt. Read the article here 13:52

Plunging sardine numbers and a Pew Study spark quick management response?

Fisheries managers have shut down this summer’s West Coast commercial sardine fishing season that begins in July, and this Tuesday, April 14, were considering an emergency shut down of the current season which doesn’t end until June 30. Then on April 13, the council announced that new information called into question whether the current season should also be shut down immediately. The study, funded by Pew Charitable Trusts,,, Read the rest here 19:23

Pacific sardine industry shutdown looms as species collapses – Council Action Expected Sunday

Pacific coast sardines are facing a population collapse so severe that Oregon’s multimillion-dollar sardine industry almost certainly will be shut down this summer. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, which regulates the fishing industry off the coast of Oregon, California and Washington, is expected to vote Sunday to close the West Coast sardine fishery in response to new population estimates that indicate the species’ still hasn’t emerged from an eight-year plummet.  Read the rest here, and read the comments. Amazing 19:21

Happening Now: PFMC set to vote on new forage fish rules today

PFMC SidebarRegional policymakers are expected to act today on an ecological plan that would mark a significant shift in the way West Coast fisheries are managed. The years-in-the-making proposal aims to protect several species of forage fish that are often overlooked, but provide a crucial food source for salmon and other marine wildlife. The plan reflects a move toward more broad ecosystem-based management, rather than the species-by-species approach that characterized previous policy. Click here to listen live. Read the rest here 11:57

West Coast fishery managers (PFMC) days away from landmark decision on forage fish

West coast fishery managers are poised to make a decision next week that could alter the future of fishing in federal waters off the Pacific Coast, as well as in Oregon’s state-regulated nearshore waters. The Pacific Fishery Management Council is scheduled to vote Monday on a proposal to restrict new forage fisheries off the coast of California, Oregon and Washington unless prospective fishermen can prove harvesting a new species would not damage the ecosystem. Read the rest here 14:21

PFMC Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar 1 p.m. PT, Tuesday, January 6, 2015

PFMC SidebarThe Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar to review new methodologies proposed for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments. The online SSC webinar is open to the public. The SSC webinar will commence at and continue until 3 p.m. Click here for Agenda, and webinar registration 19:31

PFMC Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Meeting Via Webinar, Public Invited to Listen In

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recently announced two conference calls of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC).  Please note, the online webinar is available to the public in “listen only mode”. Join the meeting by visiting this link:  http://www.joinwebinar.com  Enter the Webinar ID: 219-351-991  Please enter your name and email address (required) More info here  10:23

Fisheries Off West Coast States: NOAA/NMFS Proposed Rule 09/13/2013 Open for Comment

Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Commercial Groundfish Fishery Management Measures; Rockfish Conservation Area Boundaries for Vessels Using Bottom Trawl Gear national register pfd  16:06

Time to change NOAA to EDF because they sound like EDF- Lube Job Jane and the Parrot Brigade You can’t sell that in New England, Jane its bull bleep

According to a 16-page NOAA report, 138 quota holders ,,,,,,,,fishermen compete for the total allowable catch, which often turns into a fishing derby as vessels rush to haul in as much as they can before the overall limit is reached.,,,,,,,,,,creates a situation with “too many vessels going after too few fish.” Fishing derbies, they note,,,,,,“Catch shares allow fishermen to plan their businesses better, and be more selective about when and how they catch their ,,,,,Shares are typically allocated based on historical participation levels ,,,,,,yadda, yadda, yadda, you know the drill. http://www.fishermensnews.com/story/2012/11/01/features/noaa-officials-say-trawlers-adjusting-nicely-to-catch-shares-system/129.html