Fisheries Management on the West Coast

West Coast seafood harvest is worth nearly $1 billion annually and saltwater fishing in 2016 generated $3 billion in sales, providing significant value to the economies of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and West Coast tribes.

Fishing vessels in Newport, Oregon. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Fishing vessels in Newport, Oregon. Photo: NOAA Fisheries

Our goal is to ensure sustainable and productive West Coast fisheries and resilient fishing communities through science-based and collaborative management. The West Coast Region oversees the conservation and management of commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries on the West Coast, extending from the vast interior salmon habitat of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and California to the high seas of the Pacific Ocean.

We collaborate extensively with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Native American Indian tribes, and the four states within the region in our management of highly migratory species (e.g., tunas, sharks), coastal pelagic species (e.g., sardine and anchovy), groundfish, and salmon, as well as the habitats they rely upon.

We participate in the implementation of numerous international treaties and other agreements to sustainably conserve fisheries for cross-boundary species including highly migratory fish, particularly tuna; whiting; halibut, and salmon; and protect marine mammals of mutual interest to nations of the Pacific.

We also ensure that federal ocean fisheries along the West Coast are managed to uphold Native American Tribal treaty fishing rights.

West Coast Fisheries

Fisheries Programs

Fishing and Seafood Resources

Regulations and Management Actions

Fisheries Partners

Councils and Commissions

State, Regional, and International


Understanding Fisheries Management in the United States

NOAA Fisheries is responsible for managing marine fisheries within the U.S. exclusive economic zone. Learn more about the sustainable management of our marine fisheries.

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Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on January 03, 2020

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