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Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

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Emergency Action to Temporarily Extend the 2021 Sablefish Primary Fishery

This emergency rule temporarily extends the 2021 Limited Entry Fixed Gear (LEFG) sablefish primary fishery season from October 31, 2021, to December 31, 2021. At its September 2021 meeting, industry members requested the Pacific Fishery Management…
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11/29/2021

Emergency Action to Temporarily Remove Seasonal Processing Limitations for Pacific Whiting Motherships and Catcher-Processors

On October 25, 2021, NOAA Fisheries extended an Emergency Rule (86 FR 58810) in the Federal Register to temporarily allow at-sea Pacific whiting processing vessels to operate as both a mothership (MS) and a catcher-processor (C/P) during the 2021…
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Published
10/25/2021

Paperwork Reduction Act Renewal, Opportunity for Comment, Vessel Monitoring System

This is a request for a revision and extension of a currently approved information collection. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) implemented a Vessel Monitoring Program in 2004, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and…
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Published
01/11/2021

Proposed Rule to Delay Implementation of West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program

This proposed rule would revise regulations to delay implementation of the Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program. The proposed rule would delay implementation of the EM program by one year, from…
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Published
08/28/2020

Regulatory Revisions to Vessel Movement, Monitoring, and Declaration Management for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

NOAA Fisheries proposes revisions to reporting and monitoring provisions for vessels participating in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. This proposed action would: Increase the position transmission rate for certain vessels using NOAA…
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Published
10/10/2019

2021 Rule to Delay West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program Regulations

This Interim Final Rule revises regulations to delay implementation of the EM Program in the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program until January 1, 2024.  NOAA Fisheries made this change to provide additional time to address issues raised by…
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Published
10/06/2021

Salmon Bycatch Minimization Measures for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

NOAA Fisheries is implementing salmon bycatch minimization measures to minimize incidental take of Endangered Species Act-listed salmon by vessels in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery.  The final rule establishes additional management tools to…
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Published
02/23/2021

Final Rule to Delay Implementation of West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program

This final rule revises regulations to delay implementation of the Electronic Monitoring (EM) Program for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program. Implementation of the EM program will be delayed by one year, from January 1, 2021, to…
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Effective
12/23/2020

Amendment 21-4 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries implemented the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program in January 2011. The Catch Share Program established an individual fishing quota system for vessels catching groundfish with trawl gear. In 2017, the Pacific Fishery…
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Effective
01/16/2020

Inseason Adjustments to Biennial Groundfish Management Measures

This final rule announces routine inseason adjustments to management measures in Pacific Coast commercial groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to allow commercial fishing vessels to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting…
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Effective
01/02/2020

Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Electronic Monitoring Program

NOAA Fisheries has issued a final rule that makes electronic monitoring (EM) an option for midwater trawl vessels in the Pacific whiting fishery and fixed gear vessels in the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) fishery beginning in 2021, consistent with the…
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Effective
07/29/2019

Amendment 21-3 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

This rule changes the management of the Pacific whiting at-sea sectors' (i.e., the Mothership [MS] and Catcher/Processor [C/P] sectors) allocations for darkblotched rockfish and Pacific ocean perch (POP) by managing the allocations as set-asides rather…
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Effective
02/07/2018

Fisheries Off West Coast States; List of Authorized Fisheries and Gear

This action updates the Federal list of authorized fisheries and gear issued under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA, at 16 U.S.C. 1855(a)). The List of Fisheries includes a description of fisheries allowed to operate in…
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Effective
01/22/2015

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 09/25/2020