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2023-2024 Annual Specifications and Management Measures for Pacific Sardine


Side-profile illustration of a small Pacific sardine fish with blue-green on its back, white underbelly, and dark spots along its side. Credit: NOAA Fisheries/Jack Hornady
Fishing Type
Affected Species
Pacific Sardine
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Taylor Debevec, West Coast Region, NMFS, (562) 619-2052, Taylor.Debevec@noaa.gov


NOAA Fisheries has implemented annual harvest specifications and management measures for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine (hereafter, Pacific sardine), for the fishing year from July 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024. The rule prohibits most directed commercial fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.

Pacific sardine harvest are allowed only in the live bait fishery, minor directed fisheries, as incidental catch in other fisheries, or as authorized under exempted fishing permits. The incidental harvest of Pacific sardine is limited to 20 percent by weight of all fish per trip when caught with other stocks managed under the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan or up to 2 metric tons per trip when caught with non-Coastal Pelagic Species stocks. The annual catch limit for the 2023-2024 Pacific sardine fishing year is 3,953 metric tons.

This rule is intended to conserve and manage the Pacific sardine stock off the U.S. West Coast.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 06/23/2023