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The public notices below announce changes to groundfish regulations. For more detailed information on these changes see the Federal Register. You may also contact Frank Lockhart at 206-526-6140, in Seattle, Wash., or Mark Helvey at 562-980-4000, in Long Beach, Calif.


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All Public Notices
10/17/2017 NOAA-NMFS-2017-17-REVISED: Inseason adjustments to sablefish trip limits, clarification of lingcod size limits for Shorebased IFQ, and California recreational fishery depth restrictions, effective October 19, 2017
09/15/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-16: Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting Actual Notice
08/30/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-15a: Reapportionment of Widow Rockfish between Catcher/Processor and Mothership Sectors
08/14/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-15: Trawl Gear EFP Enrollment Notice
07/13/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-14: Call For Nominations to Pacific Whiting Treaty Advisory Panel
07/05/2017 NOAA-NMFS-17-13: Inseason adjustments to lingcod trip limits and the non-trawl RCA, and transfer of POP and DKBL to the at-sea whiting fishery, effective July 3, 2017
07/05/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-12: August 1, 2017 JMC Meeting
05/12/2017 NOAA-NMFS-17-11: Inseason adjustments to increase sablefish trip limits and transfer Pacific Ocean perch to the at-sea whiting fishery, effective May 12, 2017
05/12/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-10: Inseason adjustment to incidental halibut retention in the sablefish primary fishery N. of Pt Chehalis; and changes to WA recreational management measures, effective May 11, 2017
05/08/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-09: 2017 Pacific whiting harvest specifications and tribal allocation
04/27/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-08: Trawl Rationalization Program – Shorebased IFQ Program: Additions to Quota Share Accounts and Vessel Accounts
04/18/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-07: NMFS Seeks Additional Pacific Coast Groundfish Vessels for Trawl Gear Exempted Fishing Permit Project
03/23/2017 NMFS-SEA-07-06: 2017 Tribal Whiting Allocation Proposed Rule and Request for Comments
02/03/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-05: 2017-2018 Harvest Specifications and Commercial and Recreational Management Measures Final Rule, Effective February 7, 2017, Revised February 9, 2017
01/24/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-04: Pacific Whiting Treaty JMC Meeting
01/19/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-03: Trawl Gear EFP Enrollment Notice Reminder
01/10/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-02: Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group Meeting Notice
01/05/2017 NMFS-SEA-17-01: Trip Limit Tables for Commercial Fisheries in Period 1 (January-February), 2017
12/30/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-23: Trawl Gear EFP Enrollment Notice
12/21/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-22: Trawl End of Year Report
12/19/2016 Compliance guide for electronic fish tickets
12/19/2016 Compliance Guide - Joint Registration, the Limited exemption to the Own-Hold rules, and other measures
11/16/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-21: Joint Techical Committee Meeting, December 6, 2016
10/28/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-20: Proposed rule for 2017-2018 Pacific Coast groundfish harvest specifications and management measures and Amendment 27; public comment must be received by November 28, 2016
09/14/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-19: Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting Actual Notice
08/31/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-18: Inseason adjustments to commercial fishery management measures and a transfer of Pacific Ocean perch to the Mothership sector, effective September 1, 2016
07/05/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-17: Proposed Rule Published for Widow Rockfish Reallocation in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery – Request for Comments
06/30/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-16: Inseason revisions to sablefish trip limits in the limited entry fixed gear and open access daily trip limit fisheries, effective July 1, 2016
06/08/2016 Public Notice: NOAA Fisheries announces Court-ordered changes to Pacific coast treaty tribes' usual and accustomed fishing areas off the Washington coast, effective June 8, 2016
06/02/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-15: Shorebased IFQ Program; Additions to Vessel Accounts; Surplus Carryover
06/01/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-14: NMFS seeks public comments on a proposed rule for Sablefish Phase I measures; public comment must be received by July 1, 2016
05/12/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-13: Pacific whiting annual harvest specifications and allocations for 2016
05/05/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-12: Final Rule Regarding Scale Requirements in the Trawl Rationalization Program
05/04/2016 Compliance Guide; Prohibition on Directed Fishing for Unfished Forage Fish. Effective May 4, 2016
04/26/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-11: Pacific Whiting Treaty JMC Meeting Notice
04/06/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-10: Final rule regarding the 2016 Pacific halibut fisheries published on April 1, 2016
03/31/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-09: Answers to frequently asked questions about the limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery, including 2016 tier limits
03/10/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-08: Interim 2016 Tribal Whiting Allocation proposed rule and request for comments
03/04/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-07: Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS for gear changes in the Trawl Catch Share Program
02/25/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-06: Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Management Committee Meeting March 16-18, 2016
02/24/2016 NMFS SEA 16-05: NMFS seeks pacific coast groundfish vessels for electronic monitoring exempted fishing permit project
02/17/2016 NMFS SEA 16-04: Scientific Review Group Meeting, February 23–25, 2016
02/02/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-03: Pacific Whiting Treaty teleconference briefing by joint technical committee for joint management committee
01/20/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-02: Announcing publication of a proposed rule and an open public comment period for changes to scale requirements in the Trawl Rationalization Program
01/05/2016 NMFS-SEA-16-01: The Pacific whiting joint technical committee will meet on January 13, 2016, in Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada
12/30/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-33: Groundfish Fisheries End of Year Notice and Changes for 2016
12/30/2015 Trip Limits and RCA Boundaries effective January 1, 2016
12/21/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-32: Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program - Year end and Gearing up for 2016
12/14/2015 Compliance Guide - General Provisions Affecting the Pacific Whiting IFQ Fishery
12/14/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-31: Announcing clarifications for vessels using midwater trawl gear in the Shorebased IFQ Program, effective January 13, 2016
11/25/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-30: Vessels fishing with midwater trawl gear in the Shorebased IFQ Program are prohibited from fishing shoreward of the 150 fm line, effective at noon, November 26, 2015
11/24/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-29: Higher than anticipated catch of canary rockfish in the Shorebased IFQ Program
11/18/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-28: Information on a new Seabird Avoidance Program that is effective December 18, 2015
11/13/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-27: Call for nominations to the Advisory Panel for the Pacific Whiting Treaty; nomination must be received by December 18, 2015
11/10/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-26: The Joint Technical Committee of the Pacific Whiting Treaty will meet on December 16, 2015 in Seattle, Washington
11/04/2015 Small Entity Compliance Guide explaining the process for divestiture of excess quota shares in the Shorebased IFQ Program, effective November 4, 2014
11/04/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-25: Announcing that the new process for divestiture of excess quota shares in the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fishery, effective November 4, 2015
10/29/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-24: Redistribution of darkblotched rockfish to the Mothership and Catcher/Processor Sectors, effective October 29, 2015
10/14/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-23: Announcing closure of the limited entry fixed gear and open access sablefish daily trip limit fisheries beginning November 1, 2015, and prohibition of Pacific halibut retention in the sablefish primary fishery
09/21/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-22: Announcing reapportionment of Pacific whiting, effective September 21, 2015
09/04/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-21: Proposed process for divestiture of excess quota shares in the IFQ Pacific Coast groundfish fishery, public comment period closes October 2, 2015
08/27/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-20: Proposed revisions to midwater trawl requirements, public comment period closes September 28, 2015
08/27/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-19: Closure of incidental Pacific halibut retention in the sablefish primary fishery, effective September 1, 2015
08/14/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-18: Announcing inseason trip limit changes for commercial groundfish fisheries, effective August 14, 2015
07/15/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-17: Information regarding an upcoming public work session on July 29, 2015 for strategies to manage the impacts to salmon from groundfish fisheries
06/08/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-16: Call for nominations to the Advisory Panel and the Joint Management Committee for the Pacific Whiting Agreement
06/01/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-15: Big skate trip limit and sorting requirement for the Shorebased IFQ Program, and updated trip limit tables, effective June 1, 2015
05/22/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-14: Announcing additions of quota into accounts in the Shorebased IFQ Program, on or before May 26, 2015
05/13/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-13: Announcing final Pacific whiting harvest specifications and allocations for 2015, effective May 14, 2015
04/23/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-12: Meeting of the Joint Management Committee on May 6-7, 2015
04/21/2015 Compliance Guide for Observer and Catch Monitor Provider Permitting Process in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, April 2015
04/21/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-11: Quick reference guide to materials for Observer and Catch Monitor Program changes, effective May 21, 2015
04/21/2015 Observer Safety - Compliance Guide for Observer Providers and Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, April 2015
04/09/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-10: Public notice and compliance guide for midwater trawl fishery season date change that is effective May 15, 2015
04/01/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-09: Information for the start of the limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery, begins at noon on April 1
03/11/2015 NFMS-SEA-15-08: A proposed rule for 2015 tribal allocation of Pacific whiting has published; public comment period closes April 9, 2015
03/10/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-07: Public notice and compliance guide for 2015-2016 harvest specifications and management measures, effective March 10, 2015
03/04/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-06: Pacific Whiting Treaty JMC Meeting Notice for 2015
02/17/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-05: Announcing availability of a proposed rule for changes to the season opening date in midwater trawl fisheries
01/21/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-04: Announcing a meeting of the Scientific Review Group of the Pacific whiting treaty on February 24-27, 2015
01/16/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-03: Announcing availability of a final Environmental Impact Statement
01/09/2015 NMFS-SEA-15-02: Announcing additional interim 2015 quota pounds available in the Trawl Rationalization Program in early January 2015
12/31/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-30: End of the year information for the limited entry fixed gear and open access fisheries, and information for the start of 2015
12/24/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-29: Trawl rationalization program - 2014 year-end and gearing up for 2015
12/23/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-28: Announcement of a meeting of the U.S. and Canada Pacific Whiting Agreement Joint Technical Committee January 13-14, 2015
12/04/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-27: Trawl rationalization program; chafing gear modifications, effective January 1, 2015
12/04/2014 Small Entity Compliance Guide explaining updated gear regulations in the groundfish fishery, including revisions to the chafing gear restrictions for midwater trawl, effective January 1, 2015
11/14/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-26: Announcing the December 4-5, 2014, meeting of the Pacific whiting Joint Technical Committee
11/13/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-25: Transfer of darkblotched rockfish to the catcher/processor sector of the Pacific whiting fishery, effective November 12, 2014
10/23/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-24: NOAA Fisheries announces reapportionment of the tribal allocation of Pacific whiting, effective October 23, 2014
10/17/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-23: Implementation of the Ocean Salmon Conservation Zone and Reapportionment of Darkblotched Rockfish between Catcher/Processor and Mothership Sectors, effective October 20, 2014
09/11/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-22: NOAA Fisheries announces the reapportionment of Pacific whiting, effective at noon on September 12, 2014
07/30/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-21: Announcement of a public meeting of the Pacific whiting Joint Management Committee and Management Strategy Evaluation Steering Committee teleconference on July 31, 2014
07/25/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-20: NOAA Fisheries announces inseason increases to sablefish trip limits, effective July 25, 2014
05/20/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-19: NOAA Fisheries announces various additions to quota share accounts and vessel accounts in the shorebased IFQ program, on or before May 30, 2014
05/13/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-18: Correction to the trawl rockfish conservation areas boundaries, effective May 13, 2014
05/13/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-17: NOAA Fisheries announces the final Pacific whiting harvest specifications and allocations for 2014
05/06/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-16: Economic Data Collection forms for the 2013 trawl rationalization program can now be completed online
04/17/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-15: Changes to the Boundaries of the Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area
04/15/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-14: Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Management Committee Meeting May 12-13, 2014
04/09/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-13: Halibut Retention in Sablefish Primary Fishery Effective
03/20/2014 Revised Compliance Guide for Cost Recovery in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program
03/20/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-12: Announcing cost recovery clarifications and availability of an annual report
03/19/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-11: Proposed rule for changes to chafing gear regulations for midwater trawl gear; public comment period closes April 18, 2014
03/06/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-10: Announcing a correction to the PIE 2 final rule, effective immediately
03/04/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-09: Announcing a meeting of the Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Management Committee on March 18-20, 2014; Draft agenda attached
03/03/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-08: Proposed rule for the Tribal Pacific whiting fishery is available for public comment through March 31, 2014
02/25/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-07: A Draft Environmental Assessment on the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific Halibut is available for public comment through February 28, 2014
02/19/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-06: Proposed Rule to Modify Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Regulations Pertaining to Certified Observers and Catch Monitors; Public Comment Period Ends March 21, 2014
02/07/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-05: Information on changes to the Area 2A Pacific halibut licensing
02/07/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-03: NOAA Fisheries notifies the public of a notice of appeal being filed by the plaintiffs in the Pacific Dawn II litigation
02/04/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-04: The Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group will meet on February 18-21, 2014
01/28/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-02: NOAA Fisheries announces a meeting on February 5, 2014, where the Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee will brief the Joint Management Committee on the preliminary draft 2014 stock assessment for Pacific whiting
01/24/2014 NMFS-SEA-14-01: NOAA Fisheries is soliciting nominations for the United States Advisory Panel established in the Pacific Whiting Agreement with Canada
12/31/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-25: Distribution of the 2014 trip limit tables for limited entry fixed gear and open access gears, effective January 1, 2014
12/23/2013 Compliance Guide for Cost Recovery in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program
12/21/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-23: Trawl Rationalization Program - Year-end and information for the start of 2014
12/19/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-24: NOAA Fisheries announces a January 13-14, 2014 meeting of the Pacific whiting treaty joint technical committee
12/11/2013 NOAA Fisheries presents additional information regarding regulatory requirements revised by the Program Improvements and Enhancements (PIE) Rule #2, presented December 11, 2013
12/11/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-22: NOAA Fisheries issues a public notice announcing the start of cost recovery for the groundfish trawl rationalization program, beginning January 10, 2014
12/03/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-21: NOAA Fisheries announces inseason increases to trip limits for some species in the commercial non-trawl groundfish fishery, effective December 3, 2013
11/25/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-20: NOAA Fisheries is soliciting nominations for the United States Advisory Panel established for the Pacific whiting Agreement with Canada; nominations must be received by December 31, 2013
11/21/2013 Compliance Guide for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program, Program Improvement and Enhancement Rule (PIE) 2
11/15/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-19: NOAA Fisheries announces revisions to the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program and clarifications to groundfish regulations that affect the limited entry trawl and the limited entry fixed gear sectors; effective December 15, 2013
09/30/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-18: NOAA Fisheries announces the start of a review of the limited entry fixed gear sablefish permit stacking program
09/30/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-17: NOAA Fisheries announces free streamer lines and opportunities for longline fishing vessels to participate in research
09/16/2013 NOAA Fisheries announces a reapportionment of Tribal Pacific whiting, effective at noon on September 18, 2013
08/12/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-16: NMFS announces changes to commercial non-trawl groundfish trip limits, effective August 13, 2013
08/06/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-15: NMFS announces a change in the frequency of observer discard data uploads to vessel accounts in the shorebased individual fishing program; reminds quota share owners of the September 1 quota pound transfer deadline
07/19/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-14: NMFS proposes revisions to the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program and clarifications to groundfish regulations that affect the limited entry trawl and the limited entry fixed gear sectors; request for comments
07/09/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-13: NMFS announces adjustments to vessel accounts for lingcod surplus carryover in the shorebased individual fishing quota program
05/15/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-12: NMFS provides information and a draft agenda for the May 22, 2013 meeting of the bilateral joint management committee meeting for Pacific whiting
05/09/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-11: The 2012 Economic Data Collection forms, for participants in the trawl rationalization program, are now available; completed forms are due September 1, 2013
05/08/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-10: NMFS announces the final harvest specifications and sector allocations for Pacific whiting for 2013.
05/07/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-09: NMFS announces inseason changes to the incidental Pacific halibut retention regulations in the primary sablefish fishery and to recreational fishery management measures off Washington, effective May 6, 2012
05/07/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-08: NMFS announces Pacific whiting allocations, adjustments to quota share accounts, adjustments to vessel accounts, and changes to the online IFQ system.
04/11/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-07: NMFS announces adjustments to QS accounts for Pacific halibut in the shorebased IFQ program, plans for vessel accounts to prepare for surplus carryover in the shorebased IFQ program, and changes to the online IFQ system
03/29/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-06: Information for Participants in the Sablefish Primary Fishery, which begins April 1
03/28/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-05: Reconsideration of Allocation of Whiting (RAW 2) has published and is effective April 1, 2013
02/01/2013 Public Notice: Trawl Rationalization Program: Cost Recovery Proposed Rule - available for public comment
01/17/2013 An extension to the temporary, emergency rule, called "RAW 1" has published, changes to non-renewed vessel accounts are announced, and a "2013 IFQ Important Dates Calendar" is provided
01/04/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-02: Trawl Rationalization Program: Shorebased IFQ Program - Release of Additional Whiting QP
01/03/2013 2013 Trip Limit Tables
01/03/2013 2013 commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish fishery tier limits
01/02/2013 A proposed rule, the Reconsideration of Allocation of Whiting (RAW 2) is available for public comment
12/31/2012 NMFS-SEA-12-19: 2013-2014 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery harvest specifications and management measures
12/13/2012 Trawl Rationalization Program: Trawl Rationalization Program:
11/27/2012 NMFS-SEA-12-17: Trawl Rationalization Program IFQ – notice of QP transfer deadline
11/14/2012 Availability of proposed 2013-2014 harvest specifications and management measures for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; public comment period closes Dec, 5, 2012
10/23/2012 Compliance Guide 12/7/2007
10/17/2012 Changes to management measures are being implemented in an Oct. 17, 2012, Federal Register notice (77FR63758) that will become effective Nov. 1, 2012. The Council recommended increased trip limits for commercial open access fixed gear sablefish fisheries south of 36° N. lat. The Council also recommended California Southern Management Area (SMA) Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) adjustments south of 34°27’ N. latitude. This public notice includes updated commercial trip limit tables for the rest of 2012.
10/11/2012 Adjustments to vessel accounts for surplus carryover of sablefish and adjustments to quota share accounts for reapportionment of whiting in the Shorebased IFQ Program
10/04/2012 Memo: 10/04/2012.pdf
09/17/2012 Corrections to Federal groundfish regulations that affect trawl and non-trawl fisheries
08/20/2012 Reminder to all Quota Share account holders of Sept. 1 transfer deadline; and inseason actions for limited entry fixed gear DTL fisheries: sablefish trip limit decreases North of 36° N. Lat., increases to bocaccio and shelf rockfish trip limits South of 34° 27’ N. lat.
08/01/2012 We announced publication of an emergency rule that delays some and revises other portions of the regulations potentially impacted by the reconsideration of allocation of whiting (RAW 1); effective Sept. 1, 2012
05/21/2012 We announced publication of a proposed rule related to the trawl rationalization catch share program, to delay or revise several portions of the regulations potentially impacted by the reconsideration of allocation of whiting (RAW 1)
05/14/2012 Second bilateral meeting of Pacific Whiting Joint Management Committee will be held in Lynnwood, Wash., May 29-30, 2012
05/14/2012 We announced adjustments to quota share (QS) accounts for Pacific whiting in the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program; adjustments to vessel accounts for surplus carryover in the Shorebased IFQ Program; and allocation of Pacific whiting for the Mothership and Catcher/Processor Coop Programs
05/08/2012 2011 Economic Data Collection (EDC) forms are now available on the web and are being mailed to participants in the trawl rationalization program; forms are due Sept. 1, 2012
04/25/2012 Changes to commercial fishery management measures for Pacific Coast groundfish fishery; effective May 1, 2012
04/16/2012 Changes to commercial fishery management measures; implementing a shift in the shoreward line of the trawl Rockfish Conservation Area
03/30/2012 We announced the commercial limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery’s tier limits for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon and California. These tier limits were previously published in the Federal Register on Dec. 13, 2011. (76FR77415). This notice also contains answers to some frequently asked questions on the sablefish primary fishery.
03/01/2012 Changes to recreational fishery management measures in Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
03/01/2012 First bilateral meeting of Pacific Whiting Joint Management Committee (JMC) will be held in Vancouver, B.C., Mar. 14-15, 2012
02/07/2012 NMFS NWR announces new Pacific Whiting Treaty web page and Scientific Review Group meeting
01/11/2012 Bilateral meeting of Pacific Whiting Joint Technical Committee in Nanaimo, B.C., Jan. 17-18, 2012
12/22/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Trawl Rationalization Program: Program Improvement and Enhancement Rule and Amendment 21-1, Changes for 2012 and Beyond
12/19/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to commercial and recreational fishery management measures; effective Jan. 1, 2012
12/19/2011 Secretarial Amendment 1 to Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan and publication of final rule - fishery management measures effective Jan. 1, 2012
12/14/2011 Reapportionment of Mothership Sector Non-Whiting Catch Allocations to Catcher/Processor Sector
12/01/2011 Year-end information for the Trawl Rationalization Program
11/23/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to commercial fishery management measures; effective November 1, 2011
10/28/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to commercial fishery management measures; effective November 1, 2011
09/29/2011 Bilateral Pacific Whiting Advisory Panel Meeting and Announcement of Advisory Panel Appointments for Pacific Whiting Treaty
09/28/2011 Availability of Secretarial Amendment 1 to Fishery Management Plan and publication of proposed rule; request for comments
09/02/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Trawl Rationalization Program: Proposed PIE Rule and Amendment 21-1 available for public comment, correction published.
07/27/2011 Reminder to QS account holders that all quota pounds (QPs) in a QS account must be transferred to a vessel account no later than Sept. 1, 2011, (11:59 pm) to be available for use in 2011; see notice for details and contact information
06/29/2011 Inseason changes to commercial fishery management measures in Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; effective July 1, 2011
06/17/2011 Increases to primary sablefish tier limits
06/11/2011 Increase to limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish fishery tier limits, effective at 1:15 pm PT on June 10, 2011
06/01/2011 Call for nominations for Advisory Panel and Joint Management Committee on Pacific Whiting
05/25/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, Trawl Rationalization Program: Errata for calculation instruction on IFQ allocation worksheet
05/20/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, Trawl Rationalization Program: observer discard data entered into IFQ vessel accounts, QS accounts to be “topped-up” for some IFQ species, whiting allocations available for coops
05/09/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial and recreational management measures for May 2011 through December 2012
05/04/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, Trawl Rationalization Program: Mandatory economic data collection forms are available for 2009 and 2010; due Sept. 1, 2011
04/06/2011 Mandatory reporting requirement for first receivers in the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. Effective immediately, the ex-vessel value of the landing by species is a mandatory field that must be completed on the electronic fish ticket by the IFQ first receiver.
02/28/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. 2011 Sablefish tier limits; inseason changes to commercial and recreational fishery management measures; effective Mar. 1, 2011
01/19/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, Trawl Rationalization Program: Vessel Account Number Information and Errata for Compliance Guide and Public Notice
01/07/2011 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, Trawl Rationalization Program: Fishing will begin under the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program on Jan. 11, 2011, as soon as you log onto your vessel account through the QS account/vessel account link on the Trawl Program Website, which we anticipate to be available at noon (Pacific time) on Jan. 11
12/31/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, Trawl Rationalization Program: Fishery to Open Jan. 11, 2011, and Clarifications
12/27/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Interim Harvest Specifications and Trip Limit Tables for All Commercial Fisheries and Trawl Rationalization Program Implementation Measures
12/17/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Trawl Rationalization Program: Final Rule on Additional Program Details and Compliance Guide
12/03/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Trawl Rationalization Program: Final Rule Available, First Receiver Site Licenses Available, and Accepting Requests for Vessel Accounts
12/02/2010 Extension of comment period to Jan. 4, 2011, on Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Specifications and Management Measures for 2011-2012
11/30/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to fishery management measures; Effective at 0001 hours local time on December 1, 2010
10/28/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial trip limits for Jan. 1, 2011. Fishing in the limited entry trawl fishery will be prohibited beginning Jan. 1, 2011, until NOAA Fisheries completes all final steps necessary to implement the trawl rationalization program
10/07/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery fishery management plan Amendments 16-5 and 23; additional information for commenters; comment period ends Nov. 30, 2010
10/06/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Trawl Rationalization Program. Initial Issuance Final Rule, Applications Available, and Compliance Guide Available.
10/01/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Announcing the availability of fishery management plan amendments 16-5 and 23 and request for public comments. Public comment period ends November 30, 2010
09/30/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to fishery management measures; Effective at 0001 hours local time on October 1, 2010
09/23/2010 Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting 2010
09/08/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Chinook salmon bycatch in the shoreside Pacific Whiting Fishery
08/31/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Proposed Program Components Rule for the Trawl Rationalization Program; Available for Public Comment
08/23/2010 Trawl Rationalization Program; Transfer of Limited Entry Permits
08/20/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to fishery management measures; Effective at 0001 hours local time on August 18, 2010
07/16/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Correction to the inseason changes to petrale sole trip limits in the limited entry bottom trawl fishery management measures that went into place July 1, 2010; Effective at 0001 hours local time on July 16, 2010
07/01/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to commercial fishery management measures effective July 1, 2010; Changes to yelloweye rockfish harvest guidelines and set-asides
06/30/2010 Date Corrections to Federal Register Notice 75 FR 32994 on Amendments 20 and 21 - Trawl Rationalization Program. Decision date to be corrected from September 8, 2010 to August 10, 2010. Comment period end date to be corrected from August 9, 2010 to July 12, 2010
06/22/2010 Trawl Rationalization Program. Deadline extended to August 1 for potential participants to review NORPAC data and make any necessary corrections
06/04/2010 End of Pacific whiting primary season for mothership sector
06/03/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Proposed Initial Issuance Rule for the Trawl Rationalization Program. Available for Public Comment
05/14/2010 End of Pacific Whiting primary season for shore-based sector south of 42° N. Lat
05/12/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Availability of FMP Amendments 20 and 21, and extended deadline for potential participants in trawl rationalization program to review data and make any necessary corrections
04/30/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Pacific whiting harvest specifications and management measures for 2010
04/30/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Inseason changes to commercial fishery management measures
03/31/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits for 2010
02/24/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial and recreational fishery management measures
02/19/2010 Small Entity Compliance Guide for Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Trawl Rationalization Program - Ownership interest forms and review of qualifying data
01/29/2010 Intersector Allocation: DEIS out for public comment
12/23/2009 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial trawl fishery management measures, effective Jan. 1, 2010; and 2010 trip limit tables, effective Jan. 1, 2010
12/07/2009 Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting 2009
12/04/2009 Trawl Rationalization Program: DEIS out for public comment and changes to canary rockfish IFQ QS initial allocation
12/01/2009 Trawl Rationalization: A Catch Share Program brochure
10/30/2009 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial trawl fishery management measures, effective Nov. 1, 2009
10/27/2009 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial fishery management measures, effective October 28, 2009
07/06/2009 End of Pacific Whiting Primary Season for Shore-based Sector, effective July 7, 2009
07/02/2009 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial fishery management measures, effective July 1, 2009
05/13/2009 End of Pacific Whiting Primary Season for Shore-based Sector South of 42° N.Lat.
04/29/2009 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial non-trawl management measures
03/31/2009 Pacific coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits
02/27/2009 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial and recreational management measures for March through December 2009 and for January through December 2010
12/31/2008 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial management measures for January-February 2009, off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California
12/01/2008 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial management measures in the trawl fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California
11/26/2008 Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting 2008
11/18/2008 Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting 2008
11/05/2008 Reapportionment of Pacific Whiting 2008
10/10/2008 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to management measures
10/07/2008 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Correction to Limited Entry trawl gear fishery management measures North of 40°10’ N. lat., effective Oct. 7, 2008
08/18/2008 Closure of 2008 Pacific Whiting Fisheries
08/01/2008 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial management measures for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California, effective August 1, 2008
05/16/2008 "This Public Notice corrects language describing the May 1 inseason changes to the Open Access Sablefish Daily Trip Limit (DTL) fishery that were published in the April 29, 2008 Public Notice. The Trip Limit Tables (Table 5 North and 5 South) in the April 29, 2008 public notice were correct and are unchanged via this correction. This error was isolated only to the April 29, 2008 Public Notice. Federal regulations for the Open Access fishery did not contain this error."
04/04/2008 Intent to issue exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to Pacific whiting shoreside vessels; meetings added
03/28/2008 Intent to issue exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to Pacific whiting shoreside vessels
03/21/2008 Limited Entry Fixed Gear Tier Sablefish 2008 Season Information
12/14/2007 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial management measures for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California, effective January 1, 2008
12/04/2007 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial management measures for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California, effective December 4, 2007
10/01/2007 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Changes to commercial and recreational management measures for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California
07/27/2007 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Correction to limited entry trawl trip limit tables
07/20/2007 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. NMFS announces changes to commercial management measures off Washington, Oregon, and California
04/25/2007 NMFS announces inseason adjustments to the 2007-2008 groundfish specifications and management measures effective May 1, 2007
04/16/2007 NMFS announces inseason adjustments to the 2007-2008 groundfish specifications and management measures effective April 17, 2007
03/14/2007 Pacific whiting vessels fishing under exempted fishing permits and Pacific whiting shoreside processors/first receivers
03/01/2007 Limited Entry Fixed Gear Tier Sablefish 2007 Season Information
02/09/2007 Request for Industry cooperation in reducing 2007 trawl Petrale Sole catch
12/28/2006 Commercial and Recreational Groundfish Management Measures for January-December of 2007-2008
11/29/2006 Changes to Commercial and Recreational Management Measures
09/29/2006 Memo: End of Mothership Whiting Season
09/28/2006 Changes to Commercial and Recreational Management Measures
06/30/2006 July 06 Inseason Adjustments to Commercial, Recreational, and Tribal Management Measures
05/19/2006 Small Entity Compliance Guide for Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Conservation Area Closures and Gear Prohibitions
04/26/2006 May 06 Inseason Adjustments to Commercial Management Measures
03/22/2006 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits
02/17/2006 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Measures for March-December 2006 and reduced Darkblotched Rockfish OY
12/27/2005 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial Trip Limits for 2006. Proposed Rule for Management Measures in 2006. Lingcod Stock is Rebuilt
11/30/2005 Inseason Adjustments to 2005-2006 Groundfish Management Measures for December 2005-February 2006
10/20/2005 Announcing a Proposed Rule to Implement further Provisions of the Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Permit Stacking Program
10/20/2005 Closure of Halibut Retention in the Primary Sablefish Fishery
10/18/2005 Correction to October Inseason Adjustments to 2005-2006 Groundfish Management Measures
08/26/2005 Emergency Rule to establish a Salmon Conservation Zone for the Pacific Whiting Fishery
07/27/2005 Catch in the Bottom Trawl Fishery is Higher than Expected
06/29/2005 July Inseason Adjustment to 2005-2006 Groundfish Management Measures [Correction: The last paragraph on page two incorrectly references the area between 34°27’ N. lat. and U.S./Canada border. That paragraph is intended to reference the area between 34°27’ N. lat. and the U.S./Mexico border. The trip limit tables are correct.]
05/03/2005 Emergency Rule to Set Bycatch Limits for Directed Open Access Fishery
04/29/2005 May Inseason Adjustments to 2005-2006 Groundfish Management Measures
03/29/2005 April Inseason Changes to the 2005-2006 Groundfish Management Measures
12/17/2004 Commercial and Recreational Groundfish Management Measures for January-December of 2005-2006