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Amendment 31 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

Amendment 31 defines 20 stocks for the following 14 species: black, canary, copper, quillback, squarespot, vermilion, and vermilion/sunset rockfishes; Dover, petrale, and rex soles; lingcod, Pacific spiny dogfish, sablefish, and shortspine thornyhead…

From Collapse to Sustainability: West Coast Groundfish Are Back

Learn about the decades-long effort to get West Coast groundfish back on our plates.
October 12, 2023 - Podcast ,
Petrale sole placed on a wooden counter next to a kitchen knife and fruit and floral garnish A Petrale sole flatfish. Photo courtesy of Positively Groundfish.

Guide for Commercial Open Access Groundfish Fishermen off Washington, Oregon, and California

A plain language guide designed for commercial fishermen that want to start retaining Pacific Coast Groundfish and who fish in (or transit through) federal waters with groundfish on board.
May 10, 2023 - Policy and Guidance ,

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

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…

Rockfish Recruitment and Ecosystem Assessment Survey in the California Current Marine Ecosystem

Our team monitors juvenile rockfish recruitment and ocean conditions in the waters off the California coast to provide annual data used in fisheries management.
Numerous small juvenile rockfish and one adult vermilion rockfish Young-of-the-year rockfish and adult vermilion rockfish. Credit: Robert Lee

Sustainable Fisheries, Sustainable Seafood

Celebrating success in recovering our nation's fisheries.
April 18, 2022 - Feature Story ,
Photo of tuna swimming with sun rays coming through Tuna swim in sunlight. Credit: iStock.

Approved Electronic Monitoring Providers for Groundfish Sectors

NOAA Fisheries is announcing additional approved electronic monitoring providers for fishing year 2022.
January 19, 2022 -

West Coast Groundfish: Year-end Information

For more information, contact Kathryn Frens, NOAA Fisheries Permit Office, at (301) 427-8523
December 21, 2021 -

2021 Alaska Fisheries Science Center Groundfish Seminar Series

2021 Groundfish Seminars held virtually using Webex - Recordings Available.