Request for Comments Notice of Availability for Groundfish Fishery Management Plan Amendment 21-4

On August 30th, 2019, NOAA Fisheries published a Notice of Availability for Amendment 21-4 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).  The proposed FMP amendment would convert bycatch allocations of canary and widow rockfish to set-asides in the at-sea whiting fishery,  remove from the FMP fixed formulas used to determine bycatch amounts of Pacific Ocean Perch, darkblotched rockfish and widow rockfish in the at-sea whiting sectors, and allow the Council to determine bycatch amounts in the at-sea sector for these stocks through the biennial harvest specification process. 

The Notice of Availability for Amendment 21-4 published in the Federal Register on August 30, 2019 (84 FR 45708).  Public comments on the Notice of Availability will end on October 29, 2019. The decision date for the Secretary of Commerce to approve, disapprove, or partially approve Amendment 21-4 is November 28, 2019. 

The proposed rule to implement FMP Amendment 21-4 includes Catch Share Program 5-Year Review Follow-on Actions that would provide increased opportunity to trade individual fishing quota, accumulation limits for catcher-processor permits, and expand economic data collections.   

NOAA Fisheries will publish a separate proposed rule to accept comments on regulations to implement Catch Share Program Follow-on Actions with Amendment 21-4. The proposed rule should publish in the next few weeks. We will email notification once the proposed rule publishes.

To view and comment on the Notice of Availability for this FMP Amendment in the Federal Register go to:

Additional information on the development of Amendment 21-4 is available on the Council’s website at

For more information contact: NMFS West Coast Region at 206-526-6140 or visit our website at