Public Notices

Fixed Gear Fishery
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
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
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
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
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
12/31/2013 NMFS-SEA-13-25: Distribution of the 2014 trip limit tables for limited entry fixed gear and open access gears, effective January 1, 2014
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
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
01/03/2013 2013 commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish fishery tier limits
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.
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.
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.
06/11/2011 Increase to limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish fishery tier limits, effective at 1:15 pm PT on June 10, 2011
03/31/2010 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits for 2010
03/31/2009 Pacific coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits
03/21/2008 Limited Entry Fixed Gear Tier Sablefish 2008 Season Information
03/01/2007 Limited Entry Fixed Gear Tier Sablefish 2007 Season Information
03/22/2006 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits
10/20/2005 Announcing a Proposed Rule to Implement further Provisions of the Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Permit Stacking Program