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2017–2018 Biennial Harvest Specifications for Pacific Coast Groundfish; Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan


Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational, Subsistence
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule


This rule establishes the 2017–2018 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), including harvest specifications consistent with default harvest control rules in the PCGFMP. This action also includes regulations to implement Amendment 27 to the PCGFMP, which adds deacon rockfish to the PCGFMP, reclassifies big skate as an actively managed stock, adds a new inseason management process for commercial and recreational groundfish fisheries in California, and makes several clarifications to existing regulations.

Supporting Materials


Groundfish Inseason Adjustments to Commercial Fisheries

Public Notice: NMFS-SEA-18-17. For information, contact: karen.palmigiano@noaa.gov, (206) 526-4491.
October 09, 2018 -

Groundfish Inseason Adjustment to California Recreational Fisheries

Public Notice: NMFS-SEA-18-15. For information, contact: Karen Palmigiano (206) 526-4491.
September 27, 2018 -

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 12/19/2023