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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
Notice
Published
09/06/2022
Comments Close
Point of Contact
Brian Hooper, telephone: (206) 526-6117, email: brian.hooper@noaa.gov

Summary

This proposed 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 proposed 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 proposed 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.

This rule also proposes to implement Amendment 30 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 30 would:

  1. Specify a shortbelly rockfish catch threshold to initiate Council review;
  2. Extend the length of the limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary season;
  3. Change the use of Rockfish Conservation Area boundaries;
  4. Expand the use of Block Area Closures to control catch of groundfish; and
  5. Correct the definition of Block Area Closures.

Bulletins

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 09/06/2022

Groundfish