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 Joshua.Lindsay@noaa.gov or 562.980.4034.
For more information or questions on permits, contact our Permits Coordinator at 562.980.4024.

Available for Public Comment:

The public comment period for Pacific Mackerel Proposed Specifications for 2014-2015 is open until November 19, 2014. The proposed rule is available here.