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Inseason Adjustments to Pacific Coast Groundfish Commercial Fisheries

October 16, 2020

NMFS-SEA-2020-34. For more information, contact Gretchen Hanshew, gretchen.hanshew@noaa.gov, (206) 526-6147

Effective October 19, 2020

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces increases to sablefish trip limits for vessels in the limited entry fixed gear and open access fisheries north of 36° North latitude. These adjustments are effective on October 19, 2020, through the end of 2020, unless subsequently modified via the Federal Register

NMFS also announces an increase in incidental landing limits for Pacific halibut in the limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery for vessels fishing north of Point Chehalis, Washington. These adjustments are also effective on October 19, 2020, through the end of the 2020 sablefish primary season, unless subsequently modified via the Federal Register.

Specifics on all of these changes can be viewed in the regulations at the end of the Federal Register notice. The Federal Register notice implementing these adjustments will publish on October 19, 2020.

These adjustments were recommended to NMFS by the Pacific Fishery Management Council at its September 2020 meeting. 

For the full trip limit tables see: trawl north of 40°10' N. lat., trawl south of 40°10' N. lat., limited entry fixed gear north of 40°10' N. lat., limited entry fixed gear south of 40°10' N. lat., open access north of 40°10' N. lat., and open access south of 40°10' N. lat.

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on October 16, 2020