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  • NMFS announces inseason adjustments to groundfish fishery management measures in the commercial and recreational fisheries, beginning on January 1, 2012.  These changes are described in more detail in the Public Notice.

    You can also access this Public Notice on our website at:www.nwr.noaa.gov.


  • NMFS announces publication of a Secretarial Amendment affecting the Pacific coast groundfish fishery off Washington, Oregon, and California.  For additional details concerning lingcod area management in the IFQ fishery and for 2012 primary sablefish tier limits, see the Public Notice.



  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) will hold a work session January 17 - 18, 2012; which is open to the public. View the EFHRC meeting notice.



  • On Dec 7, 2011, NMFS published a Federal Register notice announcing the availability of 5-year reviews (hyperlink to the reports) for 4 Distinct Population Segments of ESA-listed steelhead in California.


  • December 6, 2011 - NOAA Releases Regional Saltwater Recreational Fishing Plans: NOAA today released the first regional saltwater recreational fishing action plans designed to help improve fishing opportunities and address recreational fishing priorities in each of the nation’s six coastal regions and for the angling community that fishes for tunas and other highly migratory species.


  • The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session January 10 - 12, 2012, which is open to the public. Visit the Council's website to view the HMSMT Meeting Notice.



  • NMFS is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended, to implement decisions of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). At its 82nd Meeting in July 2011, the IATTC adopted a number of resolutions, some of which require rulemaking to implement domestically in the United States. This rule implements three of these decisions: the Resolution on Tuna Conservation 2011-2013 (C-11-01); the Resolution Prohibiting Fishing on Data Buoys (C-11-03); and the Resolution Prohibiting the Retention of Oceanic Whitetip Sharks (C-11-10). This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.





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Serving the Southwestern United States, and Islands of the Pacific Ocean since 1964, the Southwest Region continues to ensure that the living marine resources of the Pacific are used wisely.

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