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2024–2025 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
Action Status
Final Rule
Point of Contact
Katie Davis, phone: (323) 372-2126, email: katie.davis@noaa.gov


Until NMFS publishes final harvest specifications for the 2024–2025 fishing year, NMFS has implemented interim specifications for Pacific sardine:

Overfishing Limit (OFL)Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC)Harvest Guideline (HG)Annual Catch Limit (ACL)Annual Catch Target (ACT)

Most directed commercial fishing for Pacific sardine is prohibited off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.

Pacific sardine harvest is allowed only for use as live bait, in minor directed fisheries, as incidental catch in other fisheries, or as authorized under exempted fishing permits.

This rule is intended to conserve, manage, and rebuild the Pacific sardine stock off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California.

On June 21, 2024, NMFS proposed annual harvest specifications and management measures for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine for the fishing year from July 1, 2024, through June 30, 2025. The proposed harvest specifications for 2024–2025 include an overfishing limit of 8,312 metric tons (mt), an annual catch limit of 6,005 mt, and an annual catch target of 5,500 mt. Public comments were due by July 8, 2024.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 07/16/2024