Coastal Pelagic Species

Coastal Pelagic Species are the six species composing the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan (CPS FMP). These are the  northern anchovy, market squid, pacific sardine, pacific (chub) mackerel, jack mackerel, and krill.  

In 1978, The Pacific Fishery Management Council adopted the Northern Anchovy Fisheries Management Plan. In 1995 the Council expanded the scope of the plan to include a wider range of coastal pelagic finfish and market squid for the west coast. Their goal was to promote efficiency and profitability in the fisheries, including the sustainability of catch, while providing for adequate forage for potential predators. In 2006, the plan was amended (Amendment 12) to prohibit the harvest of all krill species. This action was in recognition of krill's importance as forage and to ensure the preservation of this key trophic relationship between fished and unfished elements in the California Current ecosystem.

For more information on Coastal Pelagic Species, contact Joshua Lindsay at or 562.980.4034.
For more information or questions on permits, contact our Permits Coordinator at 562.980.4024.

Available for Public Comment:

Proposed Pacific Sardine Harvest Specifications for 2014
A proposed rule for harvest specifications for Pacific sardine for 2014. These include harvest limits for a one-time interim harvest period of January 1 to June 30, 2014 as well as annual catch limits for the full 2014 fishing year. The rule-making reflects the change in start date of the annual Pacific sardine fishery. Please submit public comments by March 6, 2014.

Proposed Change for Pacific Sardine Fishing Year
A proposal to change the starting date of the annual Pacific sardine fishery from January 1 to July 1. This change would better align the timing of research and science used in stock assessments with the annual management schedule. As of January 22, the public comment period is now CLOSED.