Manage an Existing Vessel Account

Once the vessel account is established and the vessel owners receives the user ID and password, (s)he can login to their online account and manage their quota pounds. If for any reason the ownership of the vessel changes, a new vessel account must be created. Please call the Fisheries Permit Office with any questions at 206.526.4353.

Managing Quota Pounds

To go fishing in the Shorebased IFQ Program, you cannot have a deficit of quota pounds (QP) in your vessel account, and vessel owners should check their account balance before every trip. Vessel accounts must have QP, including individual bycatch quota pounds (IFQ), to cover any IFQ catch. When established, all vessel accounts start with a balance of zero QP for all species. Once we create an account, quota share (QS) permit owners and other vessel account owners may transfer QPs to the new vessel account.

Vessel accounts may not have QP in excess of the daily and annual vessel limits.  The annual limit includes both used and unused quota pounds plus any pending outgoing transfers and applies to all IFQ species. There is also an annual limit for “non-whiting groundfish species” which is the sum of all IFQ species except Pacific whiting and Pacific halibut. The daily limit pertains only to unused quota pounds plus any pending outgoing transfers and applies only to certain overfished species and individual bycatch quota pounds for Pacific halibut.

Prior to Fishing

Vessel Account Renewal

Vessel owners must renew vessel accounts annually through the online vessel account system during the renewal period of October 1 through November 30 in order to participate in the fishery on January 1 of the following year.

Helpful Links

IFQ Important Dates Calendar 249kb

IFQ Allocation/Credit Types 240kb

Vessel Account Renewal - Missed Deadline Only 48kb (Expires 01.31.20)