Pacific Sardine

2018-2019 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, 2018, through June 30, 2019, 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 2018-2019 Pacific sardine fishing year. Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of the live bait, minor directed, and tribal fisheries, as incidental catch in other fisheries, or as part of exempted fishing permit activities. NMFS is implementing an annual catch limit (ACL) of 7,000 mt. Incidental catch is subject to the following management controls: (1) an incidental per landing by weight allowance of 40 percent Pacific sardine in non-treaty CPS fisheries until a total of 2,500 mt of Pacific sardine has been landed; and (2) a reduction of the incidental per landing allowance to 20 percent for the reaminder of the 2018-2019 fishing year once 2,500 mt Pacific sardine has been landed. 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

The above information is current as of July 1, 2018.