Pacific Sardine

2017-2018 Pacific Sardine Commercial Harvest Status

The Pacific sardine resource off California, Oregon, and Washington is managed under the authority of the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS)  Fishery Management Plan (FMP) on a July through June fishing season.

The total commercial directed harvest fishery allocation for July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018, is 0 metric tons.

Because this year’s biomass estimate is below the “cutoff” value of 150,000 metric tons (mt), there will be no directed non-tribal commercial fishery for the 2017-2018 Pacific sardine fishing year. Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of either the live bait fishery, the tribal fishery, or as incidental catch in other fisheries. NMFS is implementing an annual catch limit (ACL) of 8,000 mt. Incidental catch is subject to the following management controls: (1) a 40 percent by weight incidental catch rate per-landing by weight in non-treaty CPS fisheries until a total of 2,000 mt of Pacific sardine are landed; (2) when 2,000 mt are landed, the per-landing allowance would be reduced to 20 percent by weight until a total of 5,000 mt of Pacific sardine have been landed; and (3) when 5,000 mt have been landed, the incidental per-landing allowance would be reduced to 10 percent for the remainder of the 2017-2018 fishing year. Additionally, non-CPS fisheries are allowed to retain up to 2 mt per-landing of sardine harvested incidentally, and, as explained in the rule, 800 mt of the ACL are being set aside for tribal harvest use.

The above information is current as of July 1, 2017.