Public Notices

Sablefish

05/31/2018 - NMFS-SEA-18-11: Request for voluntary sablefish bycatch reduction in at-sea whiting sectors PDF 162 KB
02/02/2018 - NMFS-SEA-18-05: Inseason adjustments to big skate, sablefish, and lingcod trip limits-effective February 2, 2018 (Revised April 23, 2018) PDF 368 KB
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 PDF 306 KB
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 PDF 172 KB
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 PDF 231 KB
12/19/2016 - Compliance guide for electronic fish tickets PDF 535 KB
12/19/2016 - Compliance Guide - Joint Registration, the Limited exemption to the Own-Hold rules, and other measures PDF 257 KB
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 PDF 105 KB
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 PDF 34 KB
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 PDF 82 KB
12/30/2015 - NMFS-SEA-15-33: Groundfish Fisheries End of Year Notice and Changes for 2016 PDF 227 KB
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 PDF 122 KB
08/27/2015 - NMFS-SEA-15-19: Closure of incidental Pacific halibut retention in the sablefish primary fishery, effective September 1, 2015 PDF 34 KB
08/14/2015 - NMFS-SEA-15-18: Announcing inseason trip limit changes for commercial groundfish fisheries, effective August 14, 2015 PDF 144 KB
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 PDF 52 KB
07/25/2014 - NMFS-SEA-14-20: NOAA Fisheries announces inseason increases to sablefish trip limits, effective July 25, 2014 PDF 285 KB
04/09/2014 - NMFS-SEA-14-13: Halibut Retention in Sablefish Primary Fishery Effective PDF 34 KB
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 PDF 83 KB
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 PDF 84 KB
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 PDF 30 KB
08/12/2013 - NMFS-SEA-13-16: NMFS announces changes to commercial non-trawl groundfish trip limits, effective August 13, 2013 PDF 90 KB
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 PDF 679 KB
03/29/2013 - NMFS-SEA-13-06: Information for Participants in the Sablefish Primary Fishery, which begins April 1 PDF 27 KB
01/03/2013 - 2013 commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish fishery tier limits PDF 33 KB
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. PDF 152 KB
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 PDF 120 KB
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. PDF 124 KB
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. PDF 45 KB
06/17/2011 - Increases to primary sablefish tier limits PDF 40 KB
06/11/2011 - Increase to limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish fishery tier limits, effective at 1:15 pm PT on June 10, 2011 PDF 44 KB
02/28/2011 - Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. 2011 Sablefish tier limits; inseason changes to commercial and recreational fishery management measures; effective Mar. 1, 2011 PDF 101 KB
03/31/2010 - Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits for 2010 PDF 29 KB
03/31/2009 - Pacific coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits PDF 37 KB
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." PDF 104 KB
03/21/2008 - Limited Entry Fixed Gear Tier Sablefish 2008 Season Information PDF 42 KB
03/01/2007 - Limited Entry Fixed Gear Tier Sablefish 2007 Season Information PDF 34 KB
03/22/2006 - Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery. Commercial limited entry fixed gear primary sablefish season tier limits PDF 50 KB
10/20/2005 - Announcing a Proposed Rule to Implement further Provisions of the Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Permit Stacking Program PDF 292 KB
10/20/2005 - Closure of Halibut Retention in the Primary Sablefish Fishery PDF 117 KB