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2022 Harvest Specifications for Pacific Whiting and 2022 Interim Pacific Whiting Tribal Allocation


Fishing Type
Commercial, Subsistence
Affected Species
Action Status
Proposed Rule
Point of Contact
Colin Sayre, (206) 526-4656 or


NOAA Fisheries is announcing a proposed rule for the 2022 Pacific whiting fishery, which would implement the recommendation of the Pacific Hake/Whiting Treaty Joint Management Committee (JMC) on a U.S. total allowable catch (TAC) of 402,646 mt. This TAC was developed during the March 1-3, 2022, JMC meeting, and includes the interim tribal Pacific whiting allocation; a set-aside for incidental catch and research; allocations for the non-tribal Pacific whiting fishery, and harvest guideline split among the shoreside, catcher-processor, and mothership sectors.

Tribal Allocation

70,463 mt

Research and Bycatch set-aside

750 mt

Harvest Guideline:

331,433 mt

The Makah Tribe is the only tribe that has expressed interest in participating in the 2022 fishery. The Quileute Indian Tribe, Quinault Indian Nation, and Hoh Indian Tribe, while reserving the right to fish Pacific whiting, do not have plans to enter into or participate in the 2022 Pacific whiting fishery. The research set-aside is consistent with the Pacific Fishery Management Council recommendations made during their November 2021 meeting.

The Harvest Guideline is allocated among the non-tribal sectors as follows:


2022 Pacific whiting allocation (mt)

Catcher/Processor (C/P) Coop Program

112,687 (34%)

Mothership (MS) Coop Program

79,544 (24%)

Shorebased IFQ Program

139,202 (42%)

The public comment period for this proposed rule is 15 days, giving the public adequate time to comment on the proposed measures while implementing the management measures and announcing the Pacific whiting allocations as close as possible to the start of the Pacific whiting fishery season on May 15, 2022.

Background information can be found on the Pacific Hake/Whiting Treaty page.


Proposed Rule 2022 Harvest Specifications for Pacific Whiting and 2022 Interim Pacific Whiting Tribal Allocation

For more information, contact Colin Sayre, (206) 526-4656 or
April 11, 2022 -

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 04/13/2022