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Amendment 30 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan & 2023-2024 Harvest Specifications and Management Measures

Overview

Fishing Type
Commercial, Recreational
Affected Species
Action Status
Final Rule
Published
Effective January 1, 2023
Point of Contact
Brian Hooper, telephone: (206) 526-6117, email: brian.hooper@noaa.gov

Summary

This rule establishes the 2023–24 harvest specifications for groundfish caught 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 and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. This rule also revises the management measures that are intended to keep the total annual catch of each groundfish stock or stock complex within the annual catch limits. These measures are intended to help prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, achieve optimum yield, and ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific information available.

The comment period for the proposed rule ended on November 14, 2022. (This rule also proposes to implement Amendment 30 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. The comment period for Amendment 30 partially overlapped with that of the proposed rule, and ended on November 7, 2022.)

Amendment 30:

  1. Specifies a shortbelly rockfish catch threshold to initiate Council review;
  2. Extends the length of the limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary season;
  3. Changes the use of Rockfish Conservation Area boundaries;
  4. Expands the use of Block Area Closures to control catch of groundfish; and
  5. Corrects the definition of Block Area Closures.

Bulletins

Proposed Rule for 2023-2024 Groundfish Specifications and Management Measures

Open for comment through November 14, 2022
October 18, 2022 -

Request for Comment on Amendment 30 for Pacific Coast Groundfish

For more information, contact Brian Hooper, Fishery Management Specialist, at (206) 526-6117
September 06, 2022 -

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 01/26/2023

Groundfish