Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019-2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures

 
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Federal Register, Volume 83 Issue 238 (Wednesday, December 12, 2018)

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50 CFR Part 660

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019-2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Final Rule

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

Docket No. 180625576-8999-02

RIN 0648-BH93

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2019-2020 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: This final rule establishes the 2019-2020 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken 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 and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. This final rule revises the management measures that are intended to keep the total catch of each groundfish stock or stock complex within the harvest specifications. These measures are intended to help prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, achieve optimum yield, and ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific information available.

DATES: This final rule is effective January 1, 2019.

ADDRESSES: This rule is accessible via the Office of the Federal Register website at https://www.federalregister.gov/. Background information and documents including an integrated analysis for this action (Analysis), which addresses the statutory requirements of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-

Stevens Act), the National Environmental Policy Act, Presidential Executive Order 12866, and the Regulatory Flexibility Act are available at the NMFS West Coast Region website at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/groundfish/index.html and at the Pacific Fishery Management Council's website at http://www.pcouncil.org. The final 2018 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) report for Pacific Coast groundfish, as well as the SAFE reports for previous years, are available from the Pacific Fishery Management Council's website at http://www.pcouncil.org. Other documents associated with this rule are available at the NMFS West Coast Region website at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/groundfish/index.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Keeley Kent, phone: 206-526-4655, fax: 206-526-6736, or email: email protected.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Executive Summary

This final rule implements the 2019-2020 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish stocks taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. NMFS published the proposed rule to implement the 2019-2020 harvest specifications and management measures on September 19, 2018 (83 FR 47416). The comment period on the proposed rule ended on October 19, 2018. NMFS received eight comments on the proposed rule. A summary of the comment and NMFS's responses is provided in the Comments and Responses section of this preamble.

Purpose of the Regulatory Action

The purpose of this final rule is to conserve and manage Pacific Coast groundfish fishery resources to prevent overfishing, to rebuild overfished stocks, achieve optimum yield (OY), and ensure that management measures are based on the best scientific information available. This action includes harvest specifications for 2019-2020 consistent with existing or revised default harvest control rules for all stocks, and sets management measures designed to keep catch within the established limits. The harvest specifications are set consistent with the OY harvest management framework described in Chapter 4 of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP).

Major Provisions

This final rule contains two types of major provisions. The first are the harvest specifications (overfishing limits (OFLs), acceptable biological catches (ABCs), and annual catch limits (ACLs)), and the second are management measures designed to keep fishing mortality within the ACLs. The Council developed the harvest specifications (OFLs, ABCs, and ACLs) in this rule through a rigorous scientific review and decision making process, which is described in the proposed rule (83 FR 47416, September 19, 2018).

This final rule includes harvest specifications for the two overfished stocks managed under the PCGFMP, yelloweye rockfish and cowcod. For the 2019-2020 biennium, NMFS is implementing changes to the yelloweye rockfish rebuilding plan due to its improved stock rebuilding outlook and changes to the needs of fishing communities. This final rule modifies the harvest control rule for this stock and establishes harvest specifications and management measures consistent with those revisions. The other overfished stock, cowcod, continues to have a positive rebuilding outlook and no changes to its rebuilding plan are included in this rule. Since the 2017-2018 biennium, three stocks have been declared rebuilt: Darkblotched rockfish, bocaccio rockfish, and Pacific ocean perch (POP). The harvest control rules for these stocks revert back to those established prior to the stock being declared overfished.

To keep mortality of the stocks managed under the PCGFMP within the ACLs, the Council also recommended management measures. Generally speaking, management measures are intended to rebuild overfished stocks, prevent catch from exceeding the ACLs, and allow for the harvest of healthy stocks. Management measures include time and area restrictions, gear restrictions, trip or bag limits, size limits, and other management tools. Management measures may vary by fishing sector because different fishing sectors require different types of management to control catch. Most of the management measures the Council recommended for 2019-2020 were slight variations to existing management measures, and do not represent a change from current management practices. Additionally, the Council recommended several new management measures, including: Establishment of salmon bycatch mitigation measures, modifications to depth restrictions in the Western Cowcod Conservation Area (CCA), modification of discard mortality rates for Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) for lingcod and sablefish, removal of the Shorebased IFQ Program daily vessel limits, removal of the automatic authority on at-sea set-asides, continuation of the IFQ adaptive management pass-through, and modification of the retention ratios for incidentally caught lingcod in the salmon troll fishery.

  1. Harvest Specifications

    This final rule sets the 2019-2020 harvest specifications and management measures for all of the 128 groundfish stocks that have ACLs or ACL

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    contributions to stock complexes managed under the PCGFMP, except for Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting harvest specifications are established annually through a separate bilateral process with Canada. The OFLs, ABCs, and ACLs for each stock or stock complex for 2019 are in Table 1 and for 2020 are in Table 2. The harvest specifications set through this rule are for non-overfished and overfished stocks. The SAFE document posted on the Council's website at http://www.pcouncil.org/groundfish/safe-documents/ contains a detailed description of each non-

    overfished and overfished stock and its status and management. The proposed rules for the 2011-12 (75 FR 67810, November 3, 2010) and 2013-14 (77 FR 67974, November 14, 2012) harvest specifications and management measures contain extensive discussions on the management approach used for overfished stocks, which are not repeated here. A summary of how these harvest specifications were developed, including a description of off-the deductions for tribal, research, incidental, and experimental fisheries, was provided in the proposed rule and is not repeated here. Additional information on the development of these harvest specifications is also provided in the Analysis and its supporting appendices.

    Table 1--2019 OFLs, ABCs, ACLs, and HGs for All Groundfish Stocks and Stock Complexes in Metric Tons

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    Species Area OFL ABC ACL Fishery HG

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    COWCOD................................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 74 67 10 8.

    COWCOD................................... (Conception)................ 61 56 NA NA.

    COWCOD................................... (Monterey).................. 13 11 NA NA.

    YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH....................... Coastwide................... 82 74 48 42.

    Arrowtooth Flounder...................... Coastwide................... 18,696 15,574 15,574 13,479.

    Big skate................................ Coastwide................... 541 494 494 452.

    Black rockfish........................... California (S of 42deg N 344 329 329 328.

    lat.).

    Black rockfish/blue rockfish/deacon Oregon (Between 46deg16' N 677 617 617 616.

    rockfish. lat. and 42deg N lat.).

    Black rockfish........................... Washington (N of 46deg16' 312 298 298 280.

    N lat.).

    Bocaccio................................. S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,194 2,097 2,097 2,051.

    Cabezon.................................. California (S of 42deg N 154 147 147 147.

    lat.).

    Cabezon/kelp greenling................... Oregon (Between 46deg16' N 230 218 218 218.

    lat. and 42deg N lat.).

    Cabezon/kelp greenling................... Washington (N of 46deg16' 13 11 11 11.

    N lat.).

    California scorpionfish.................. S of 34deg27' N lat....... 337 313 313 311.

    Canary rockfish.......................... Coastwide................... 1,517 1,450 1,450 1,383.

    Chilipepper rockfish..................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,652 2,536 2,536 2,451.

    Darkblotched rockfish.................... Coastwide................... 800 765 765 731.

    Dover sole............................... Coastwide................... 91,102 87,094 50,000 48,404.

    English sole............................. Coastwide................... 11,052 10,090 10,090 9,874.

    Lingcod.................................. N of 40deg10' N lat....... 5,110 4,885 4,871 4,593.

    Lingcod.................................. S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,143 1,093 1,039 1,028.

    Longnose skate........................... Coastwide................... 2,499 2,389 2,000 1,852.

    Longspine thornyhead..................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 4,112 3,425 2,603 2,553.

    Longspine thornyhead..................... S of 34deg27' N lat....... 822 821.

    Pacific cod.............................. Coastwide................... 3,200 2,221 1,600 1,094.

    Pacific whiting.......................... Coastwide................... TBD TBD TBD TBD.

    Pacific ocean perch...................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,753 4,340 4,340 4,318.

    Petrale sole............................. Coastwide................... 3,042 2,908 2,908 2,587

    Sablefish................................ N of 36deg N lat.......... 8,489 7,750 5,606 See Table 1c.

    Sablefish................................ S of 36deg N lat.......... 1,990 1,986.

    Shortbelly rockfish...................... Coastwide................... 6,950 5,789 500 483.

    Shortspine thornyhead.................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 3,089 2,573 1,683 1,618.

    Shortspine thornyhead.................... S of 34deg27' N lat....... 890 889.

    Spiny dogfish............................ Coastwide................... 2,486 2,071 2,071 1,738.

    Splitnose rockfish....................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,831 1,750 1,750 1,733.

    Starry flounder.......................... Coastwide................... 652 452 452 433.

    Widow rockfish........................... Coastwide................... 12,375 11,831 11,831 11,583.

    Yellowtail rockfish...................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 6,568 6,279 6,279 5,234.

    Nearshore rockfish....................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 91 81 81 79.

    Shelf rockfish........................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,309 2,054 2,054 1,977.

    Slope rockfish........................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,887 1,746 1,746 1,665.

    Nearshore rockfish....................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,300 1,145 1,142 1,138.

    Shelf rockfish........................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,919 1,625 1,625 1,546.

    Slope rockfish........................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 856 744 744 724.

    Other flatfish........................... Coastwide................... 8,750 6,498 6,498 6,249.

    Other fish............................... Coastwide................... 286 239 239 230.

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    Table 2--2020 OFLs, ABCs, ACLs, and HGs for All Groundfish Stocks and Stock Complexes in Metric Tons

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    Species Area OFL ABC ACL Fishery HG

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    COWCOD................................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 76 68 10 8.

    COWCOD................................... (Conception)................ 62 57 NA NA.

    COWCOD................................... (Monterey).................. 13 11 NA NA.

    YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH....................... Coastwide................... 84 77 49 43.

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    Arrowtooth Flounder...................... Coastwide................... 15,306 12,750 12,750 10,655.

    Big skate................................ Coastwide................... 541 494 494 452.

    Black rockfish........................... California (S of 42deg N 341 326 326 325.

    lat.).

    Black rockfish/blue rockfish/deacon Oregon (Between 46deg16' N 670 611 611 609.

    rockfish. lat. and 42deg N lat.).

    Black rockfish........................... Washington (N of 46deg16' 311 297 297 279.

    N lat.).

    Bocaccio................................. S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,104 2,011 2,011 1,965.

    Cabezon.................................. California (S of 42deg N 153 146 146 146.

    lat.).

    Cabezon/kelp greenling................... Oregon (Between 46deg 16' 216 204 204 204.

    N lat. and 42deg N lat.).

    Cabezon/kelp greenling................... Washington (N of 46deg16' 12 10 10 10.

    N lat.).

    California scorpionfish.................. S of 34deg27' N lat....... 331 307 307 305.

    Canary rockfish.......................... Coastwide................... 1,431 1,368 1,368 1,301.

    Chilipepper rockfish..................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,521 2,410 2,410 2,325.

    Darkblotched rockfish.................... Coastwide................... 853 815 815 781.

    Dover sole............................... Coastwide................... 92,048 87,998 50,000 48,404.

    English sole............................. Coastwide................... 11,101 10,135 10,135 9,919.

    Lingcod.................................. N of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,768 4,558 4,541 4,263.

    Lingcod.................................. S of 40deg10' N lat....... 977 934 869 858.

    Longnose skate........................... Coastwide................... 2,474 2,365 2,000 1,852.

    Longspine thornyhead..................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 3,901 3,250 2,470 2,420.

    Longspine thornyhead..................... S of 34deg27' N lat....... 780 779.

    Pacific cod.............................. Coastwide................... 3,200 2,221 1,600 1,094.

    Pacific whiting.......................... Coastwide................... y/ y/ y/ y/.

    Pacific ocean perch...................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,632 4,229 4,229 4,207.

    Petrale sole............................. Coastwide................... 2,976 2,845 2,845 2,524.

    Sablefish................................ N of 36deg N lat.......... 8,648 7,896 5,723 See Table 2c.

    Sablefish................................ S of 36deg N lat.......... 2,032 2,028.

    Shortbelly rockfish...................... Coastwide................... 6,950 5,789 500 483.

    Shortspine thornyhead.................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 3,063 2,551 1,669 1,604.

    Shortspine thornyhead.................... S of 34deg27' N lat....... 883 882.

    Spiny dogfish............................ Coastwide................... 2,472 2,059 2,059 1,726.

    Splitnose rockfish....................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,810 1,731 1,731 1,714.

    Starry flounder.......................... Coastwide................... 652 452 452 433.

    Widow rockfish........................... Coastwide................... 11,714 11,199 11,199 10,951.

    Yellowtail rockfish...................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 6,261 5,986 5,986 4,941.

    Nearshore rockfish....................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 92 82 82 79.

    Shelf rockfish........................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,302 2,048 2,048 1,971.

    Slope rockfish........................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,873 1,732 1,732 1,651.

    Nearshore rockfish....................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,322 1,165 1,163 1,159.

    Shelf rockfish........................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,919 1,626 1,625 1,546.

    Slope rockfish........................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 855 743 743 723.

    Other flatfish........................... Coastwide................... 8,202 6,041 6,041 5,792.

    Other fish............................... Coastwide................... 286 239 239 230.

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    The most significant changes to harvest specifications from 2018 to 2019 are for stocks that were rebuilt (bocaccio, darkblotched rockfish, and Pacific ocean perch), and for stocks that have a more optimistic stock outlook in a recent stock assessment (lingcod north of 40deg10' N. lat., California scorpionfish south of 34deg27' N. lat., and yelloweye rockfish an overfished stock).

    Yelloweye Rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus)

    This final rule includes changes to the rebuilding plan for yelloweye rockfish. The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) conducted a new stock assessment for yelloweye rockfish in 2017, and the SSC conducted a rebuilding analysis using the updated assessment. This rule modifies the spawning potential ratio (SPR) harvest rate from 76 percent to 65 percent, and modifies the median time to rebuild (TTARGET) from 2074 to 2029. This improvement in stock status outlook is due to several factors, including: Lower than expected catches of yelloweye rockfish in recent years; a more optimistic value on stock recruit steepness, which corresponds to a more productive stock; and strong year classes entering the spawning population in recent years.

    This change in the rebuilding plan allows an ACL for yelloweye rockfish of 48 mt in 2019 and 49 mt in 2020. Within the ACL, for 2019, the Council recommended an HG of 42.1 mt, of which 3.4 mt is the trawl HG and 38.6 mt is the nontrawl HG. For 2020, the Council recommended an HG of 42.1 mt, of which 3.4 is the trawl HG and 39.5 is the nontrawl HG. Additionally, the Council recommended and NMFS is establishing Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) within the nontrawl allocation HG as part of this final rule. The nontrawl sector includes the limited entry fixed gear and open access fixed gear fisheries as well as the recreational fisheries for Washington, Oregon, and California. The nearshore fisheries occur off of Oregon and California and are subject to both Federal and state HGs as well as other state-specific management measures. The non-nearshore fisheries include the limited entry and Federal open access fixed gear fleets. Tables 3 and 4 outline the harvest specifications for 2019 and 2020 for yelloweye rockfish.

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    Table 3--2019 Harvest Specifications for Yelloweye Rockfish

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    OFL (mt) ABC (mt) ACL (mt) HG (mt) ACT (mt)

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    All sectors..................... 82 74 48 42 ..............

    Nontrawl.................... .............. .............. .............. 38.6 ..............

    Non-Nearshore........... .............. .............. .............. 2.0 1.6

    Nearshore............... .............. .............. .............. 6.0 4.7

    Washington Recreational. .............. .............. .............. 10.0 7.8

    Oregon Recreational..... .............. .............. .............. 8.9 7.0

    California Recreational. .............. .............. .............. 11.6 9.1

    Trawl....................... .............. .............. .............. 3.4 ..............

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    Table 4--2020 Harvest Specifications for Yelloweye Rockfish

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    OFL (mt) ABC (mt) ACL (mt) HG (mt) ACT (mt)

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    All sectors..................... 84 77 49 43 ..............

    Nontrawl.................... .............. .............. .............. 39.5 ..............

    Non-Nearshore........... .............. .............. .............. 2.1 1.7

    Nearshore............... .............. .............. .............. 6.2 4.9

    Washington Recreational. .............. .............. .............. 10.2 8.1

    Oregon Recreational..... .............. .............. .............. 9.1 7.2

    California Recreational. .............. .............. .............. 11.9 9.4

    Trawl....................... .............. .............. .............. 3.4 ..............

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    The Analysis demonstrates how the changes to the rebuilding plan selects a target time for rebuilding (TTARGET) that is ``as short as possible,'' while giving consideration to ``the status and biology of the overfished species and the needs of the fishing communities,'' consistent with Section 303(e)(4) of the Magnuson-

    Stevens Act (see Appendix B of the Analysis). The Council indicated a new default harvest control rule may more appropriately account for the needs of West Coast communities by providing greater opportunity in both commercial and recreational groundfish sectors and improving income stability for dependent communities. The proposed rule (83 FR 47416, September 19, 2018) includes a summary of this analysis.

  2. Management Measures

    This section describes biennial fishery HGs and set-asides used to further allocate the ACLs to the various components on the fishery, routine management measures to control fishing, and new management measures adopted for 2019-2020. Routine management measures for the commercial fishery modify fishing behavior during the fishing year to ensure that catch is constrained below the ACL, and include trip and cumulative landing limits, time/area closures, size limits, and gear restrictions. Routine management measures for the recreational fisheries include bag limits, size limits, gear restrictions, fish dressing requirements, and time/area closures. New management measures adopted for the 2019-2020 biennial cycle would work in combination with current management measures to control fishing effort/activity.

    Biennial Fishery Allocations

    The Council recommends two-year trawl and nontrawl allocations during the biennial specifications process for all stocks without long-

    term allocations or stocks where the long-term allocation is suspended because the stock is declared overfished. For all stocks, except sablefish north of 36deg N lat., the Council recommends allocations for the trawl and nontrawl sectors based on the fishery HG. Additionally, some stocks are further portioned out to the various sectors within the trawl and nontrawl groupings. Table 5 shows the allocations of the fishery HG for 2019 for stocks that the Council biennially allocates. Table 6 shows the allocations of the fishery HG for 2020 for stocks that the Council biennially allocates. Additionally, table 7 shows the HGs for select stocks within stock complexes.

    Table 5--2019 Biennial Allocations for Select Stocks

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    Bocaccio south Cowcod south Minor shelf Minor shelf

    Big skate of 40deg10' Canary of 40deg10' Longnose skate rockfish N of rockfish S of

    N rockfish N 40deg10' N 40deg10' N

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    Trawl................................... 429.5 800.7 999.6 3.8 1,666.5 1,190.2 188.6

    SB IFQ.............................. .............. .............. 953.6 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    At-sea.............................. .............. .............. 46.0 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    C/P............................. .............. .............. 16.0 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    M............................... .............. .............. 30.0 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    Nontrawl................................ 22.6 1,250.2 383.3 2.2 185.2 786.9 1,357.3

    Nearshore........................... .............. 4.8 43.8 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    Non-nearshore....................... .............. 382.0 94.3 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    WA Rec.............................. .............. .............. 47.1 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    OR Rec.............................. .............. .............. 70.7 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    CA Rec.............................. .............. 863.4 127.3 .............. .............. .............. ..............

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    Table 6--2020 Biennial Allocations for Select Stocks

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    Bocaccio south Cowcod south Minor shelf Minor shelf

    Big skate of 40deg10' Canary of 40deg10' Longnose skate rockfish N of rockfish S of

    N rockfish N 40deg10' N 40deg10' N

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    Trawl................................... 429.5 767.1 940.3 3.8 1,666.5 1,186.6 188.6

    SB IFQ.............................. .............. .............. 894.3 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    At-sea.............................. .............. .............. 46.0 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    C/P............................. .............. .............. 16.0 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    M............................... .............. .............. 30.0 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    Nontrawl................................ 22.6 1,197.8 360.6 2.2 185.2 784.5 1,357.3

    Nearshore........................... .............. 4.6 41.2 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    Non-nearshore....................... .............. 366.0 88.7 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    WA Rec.............................. .............. .............. 44.3 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    OR Rec.............................. .............. .............. 66.5 .............. .............. .............. ..............

    CA Rec.............................. .............. 827.2 119.7 .............. .............. .............. ..............

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    Table 7--Fishery HGs for Stocks Within a Stock Complex

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    Stock (Complex) 2019 2020

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    Blackgill rockfish S of 40deg10' N 159.0 159.0

    lat. (Minor Slope Rockfish complex)....

    Oregon black rockfish (Oregon black/blue/ 515.8 512.2

    deacon rockfish complex)...............

    Oregon cabezon (Oregon cabezon/kelp 46.8 46.8

    greenling complex).....................

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    Tribal Fisheries

    Tribes implement management measures for Tribal fisheries both independently as sovereign governments and cooperatively with the management measures in the Federal regulations. The Tribes may adjust their Tribal fishery management measures inseason to stay within the Tribal harvest targets and estimated impacts to overfished stocks. The only change to Tribal harvest targets and management measures for the 2019-2020 biennium is an increase in the petrale sole harvest target from 220 mt to 290 mt.

    Rockfish Conservation Areas

    Rockfish Conservation Areas (RCAs) are large area closures intended to reduce the catch of a stock or stock complex by restricting fishing activity at specific depths. The boundaries for RCAs are defined by straight lines connecting a series of latitude and longitude coordinates that approximate depth contours. These sets of coordinates, or lines, are not gear or fishery specific, but can be used in combination to define an area. NMFS then implements fishing restrictions for a specific gear and/or fishery within each defined area.

    This rule adjusts the coordinates for the 75 fathom (fm) (137 m), 100 fm (183 m), 125 fm (229 m), and 150 fm (274 m) depth contours off of California to more accurately refine the depth contours. These modifications adjust boundaries for RCAs around Santa Cruz Island, Spanish Canyon, Delgada Canyon, Cordell Bank, Point Ano Nuevo, San Miguel Island, Anacapa Island, Usal Canyon, and Noyo Canyon. Currently, the 75, 100, 125, 150 fm depth contours are in use as RCAs for either the trawl sector, limited entry fixed gear sector, or the open access sector. Table 8 shows the RCAs for 2019 and beyond, until otherwise modified.

    Table 8--RCA Boundaries by Gear Type

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    Sector Area RCA in effect

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    Trawl........................... North of 100 fm--150 fm.

    45deg46' N lat.

    45deg46' N lat.-- 100 fm--modified

    40deg10' N lat. \a\ 200 fm.

    South of 100 fm--150 fm.

    40deg10' N lat.

    South of shoreline--150 fm.

    34deg27' N lat.

    around islands.

    Limited entry fixed gear and North of shoreline--100 fm.

    open access. 46deg16' N lat.

    46deg16' N lat.-- 30 fm--100 fm.

    40deg10' N lat.

    40deg10' N lat.-- 40 fm--125 fm.

    34deg27' N lat.

    South of 75 fm--150 fm

    34deg27' N lat. (also applies

    around islands).

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    \a\ The ``modified'' fathom lines are modified to exclude certain

    petrale sole areas from the RCA.

    Limited Entry Trawl

    Shorebased IFQ Program Allocations

    Table 9 shows the yearly allocations to the Shorebased IFQ Program for 2019 and 2020.

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    Table 9--Shorebased IFQ Program Allocations for 2019 and 2020

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    2019 2020

    Shorebased Shorebased

    IFQ species Area trawl trawl

    allocation allocation

    (mt) (mt)

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    Arrowtooth flounder........................... Coastwide....................... 12,735.1 10,052.3

    Bocaccio...................................... South of 40deg10' N lat....... 800.7 767.1

    Canary rockfish............................... Coastwide....................... 946.9 887.8

    Chilipepper................................... South of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,838.3 1,743.8

    COWCOD........................................ South of 40deg10' N lat....... 2.2 2.2

    Darkblotched rockfish......................... Coastwide....................... 658.4 703.4

    Dover sole.................................... Coastwide....................... 45,979.2 45,979.2

    English sole.................................. Coastwide....................... 9,375.1 9,417.9

    Lingcod....................................... North of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,051.9 1,903.4

    Lingcod....................................... South of 40deg10' N lat....... 462.5 386.0

    Longspine thornyhead.......................... North of 34deg27' N lat....... 2,420.0 2,293.6

    Minor Shelf Rockfish complex.................. North of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,155.2 1,151.6

    Minor Shelf Rockfish complex.................. South of 40deg10' N lat....... 188.6 188.6

    Minor Slope Rockfish complex.................. North of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,248.8 1,237.5

    Minor Slope Rockfish complex.................. South of 40deg10' N lat....... 456.0 455.4

    Other Flatfish complex........................ Coastwide....................... 5,603.7 5,192.4

    Pacific cod................................... Coastwide....................... 1,034.1 1,034.1

    Pacific ocean perch........................... North of 40deg10' N lat....... 3,697.3 3,602.2

    Pacific whiting............................... Coastwide....................... TBD TBD

    Petrale sole.................................. Coastwide....................... 2,453.0 2,393.2

    Sablefish..................................... North of 36deg N lat.......... 2,581.3 2,636.8

    Sablefish..................................... South of 36deg N lat.......... 834.0 851.7

    Shortspine thornyhead......................... North of 34deg27' N lat....... 1,511.8 1,498.5

    Shortspine thornyhead......................... South of 34deg27' N lat....... 50.0 50.0

    Splitnose rockfish............................ South of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,646.7 1,628.7

    Starry flounder............................... Coastwide....................... 211.6 211.6

    Widow rockfish................................ Coastwide....................... 9,928.8 9,387.1

    YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH............................ Coastwide....................... 3.4 3.4

    Yellowtail rockfish........................... North of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,305.8 4,048.0

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    Incidental Trip Limits for Limited Entry Trawl Vessels

    Table 10 shows the trip limits for limited entry trawl vessels north of 40deg10' N lat. Changes to trip limits are considered a routine measure under Sec. 660.60(c) and may be implemented or adjusted, if determined necessary, through inseason action.

    Table 10--Limited Entry Trawl Landing Allowances (Trip Limits) for Non-IFQ Species and Pacific Whiting for 2019 and Beyond, Until Revised

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    Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec

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    1. Minor Nearshore Rockfish, 300 lb/month.

      Washington Black rockfish &

      Oregon Black/blue/deacon

      rockfish.

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    2. Whiting \a\

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    3. midwater trawl............... Before the primary whiting season: CLOSED.--During the primary season: mid-water trawl permitted in the RCA. See Sec.

      660.131 for season and trip limit details.--After the primary whiting season: CLOSED.

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    4. large & small footrope gear.. Before the primary whiting season: 20,000 lb/trip.--During the primary season: 10,000 lb/trip.--After the primary

      whiting season: 10,000 lb/trip.

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    5. Oregon Cabezon/Kelp Greenling 50 lb/month.

      complex.

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    6. Cabezon in California........ 50 lb/month.

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    7. Shortbelly rockfish.......... Unlimited.

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    8. Spiny dogfish................ 60,000 lb/month.

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    9. Big skate.................... 5,000 lb/2 months. 25,000 lb/2 months 30,000 lb/2 months 35,000 lb/2 months 10,000 lb/2 months 5,000 lb/2 months.

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    10. Longspine thornyhead south 24,000 lb/2 months.

      of 34deg27' N lat.

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    11. California scorpionfish..... Unlimited.

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    12. Longnose skate.............. Unlimited.

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    13. Other Fish \b\.............. Unlimited.

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      \a\ As specified at Sec. 660.131(d), when fishing in the Eureka Area, no more than 10,000 lb of whiting may be taken and retained, possessed, or

      landed by a vessel that, at any time during the fishing trip, fished in the fishery management area shoreward of 100 fm contour.

      \b\ ``Other Fish'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 and include kelp greenling off California and leopard shark.

      At-Sea Whiting Sector Set Asides

      The Council and NMFS use either allocations or set asides to manage the non-whiting groundfish catch in the at-sea sectors (the catcher/

      processor sector and the mothership sector). Set-asides are managed on an annual basis unless there is a risk of catch exceeding a harvest specification (ACL, ACT, or HG) inseason, unforeseen impact on another fishery, or conservation concerns, in which case inseason action may be taken. Table 11 presents the set-asides for the at-sea sector for 2019 and 2020.

      Table 11--Set Asides for At-Sea Sectors for 2019 and 2020

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      Stock or stock complex Area 2019 Set aside (mt) 2020 Set aside (mt)

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      COWCOD.............................. S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH.................. Coastwide.............. 0....................... 0.

      Arrowtooth flounder................. Coastwide.............. 70...................... 70.

      Bocaccio............................ S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Canary rockfish \a\................. Coastwide.............. Allocation.............. Allocation.

      Chilipepper......................... S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Darkblotched rockfish \b\........... Coastwide.............. 37.2.................... 39.6.

      Dover sole.......................... Coastwide.............. 5....................... 5.

      English sole........................ Coastwide.............. 5....................... 5.

      Lingcod............................. N of 40deg10 N lat... 15...................... 15.

      Lingcod............................. S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Longnose skate...................... Coastwide.............. 5....................... 5.

      Longspine thornyhead................ N of 34deg27 N lat... 5....................... 5.

      Longspine thornyhead................ S of 34deg27 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Minor Nearshore Rockfish............ N of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Minor Nearshore Rockfish............ S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Minor Shelf Rockfish................ N of 40deg10 N lat... 35...................... 35.

      Minor Shelf Rockfish................ S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Minor Slope Rockfish................ N of 40deg10 N lat... 100..................... 100.

      Minor Slope Rockfish................ S of 40deg10 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Other Fish.......................... Coastwide.............. NA...................... NA.

      Other Flatfish...................... Coastwide.............. 20...................... 20.

      Pacific cod......................... Coastwide.............. 5....................... 5.

      Pacific Halibut \c\................. Coastwide.............. 10...................... 10.

      Pacific ocean perch \d\............. N of 40deg10 N lat... 404.5................... 394.

      Pacific Whiting..................... Coastwide.............. Allocation.............. Allocation.

      Petrale sole........................ Coastwide.............. 5....................... 5.

      Sablefish........................... N of 36deg N lat..... 50...................... 50.

      Sablefish........................... S of 36deg N lat..... NA...................... NA.

      Shortspine thornyhead............... N of 34deg27 N lat... 30...................... 30.

      Shortspine thornyhead............... S of 34deg27 N lat... NA...................... NA.

      Starry flounder..................... Coastwide.............. 5....................... 5.

      Widow Rockfish \a\.................. Coastwide.............. Allocation.............. Allocation.

      Yellowtail rockfish................. N of 40deg10 N lat... 300..................... 300.

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      \a\ See Table 1.b. to subpart C for the at-sea whiting allocations for these species.

      \b\ Darkblotched rockfish will be managed as set-asides for the MS and C/P sectors based on pro-rata

      distribution described at Sec. 660.55(c)(1)(i)(A).

      \c\ As stated in Sec. 660.55(m), the Pacific halibut set-aside is 10 mt, to accommodate bycatch in the at-sea

      Pacific whiting fisheries and in the shorebased trawl sector south of 40deg10 N lat. (estimated to be

      approximately 5 mt each).

      \d\ Pacific ocean perch will be managed as set-asides for the MS and C/P sectors based on pro-rata distribution

      described at Sec. 660.55(c)(1)(i)(B).

      Limited Entry Fixed Gear and Open Access Nontrawl Fishery

      Management measures for the limited entry fixed gear (LEFG) and open access (OA) nontrawl fisheries tend to be similar because the majority of participants in both fisheries use hook-and-line gear. Management measures, including area restrictions and trip limits in these nontrawl fisheries, are generally designed to allow harvest of target stocks while keeping catch of

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      overfished stocks low. For the 2019-2020 biennium, changes to management measures include: Changes to trip limits for sablefish, minor slope rockfish and darkblotched rockfish, canary rockfish, lingcod, shortspine rockfish, and longspine rockfish. Trip limits for the limited entry fixed gear fishery for 2019 and beyond are shown in Table 12. Trip limits for the open access fishery for 2019 and beyond are shown in Table 13.

      Table 12--Limited Entry Fixed Gear Landing Allowances (Trip Limits) for 2019 and Beyond

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      Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec

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    14. Minor Slope Rockfish a & North of 4,000 lb/2 month.

      Darkblotched rockfish. 40deg10' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    15. South of 40,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 1,375 lb

      40deg10' N may be blackgill rockfish

      lat.b.

      40,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 1,600 lb

      may be blackgill rockfish.

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    16. Pacific ocean perch....... North of 1,800 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    17. Splitnose rockfish........ South of 40,000 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    18. Sablefish................. North of 1,300 lb/week, not to exceed 3,900 lb/2 months.

      36deg00' N

      lat.

    19. South of 2,000 lb/week.

      36deg00' N

      lat.

    20. Longspine thornyhead...... Coastwide....... 10,000 lb/2 months.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    21. Shortspine thornyhead..... North of 2,500 lb/2 months

      34deg27' N

      lat.

      2,500 lb/2 months.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    22. South of 3,000 lb/2 months.

      34deg27' N

      lat.

    23. Dover sole, arrowtooth Coastwide....... 5,000 lb/month.

      flounder, petrale sole,

      English sole, starry

      flounder, Other Flatfish c.

    24. Whiting.................. Coastwide....... 10,000 lb/trip.

    25. Minor Shelf Rockfish,d North of 200 lb/month.

      Shortbelly rockfish, Widow 40deg10' N

      rockfish (including lat.

      Chilipepper between

      40deg10'--34deg27' N

      lat.).

    26. 40deg10' N Minor shelf rockfish, shortbelly, widow rockfish, & chilipepper: 2,500 lb/2 months, of which no more

      lat.--34deg27 than 500 lb may be any species other than chilipepper.

      ' N lat.e.

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    27. South of 4,000 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 4,000 lb/2 months.

      34deg27' N months.

      lat.e.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    28. Chilipepper rockfish..... South of 2,000 lb/2 months, this opportunity only available seaward of the non-trawl RCA.

      34deg27' N

      lat.

    29. Yellowtail rockfish...... North of 1,000 lb/month.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    30. Canary rockfish.......... North of 300 lb/2 months.

      34deg27' N

      lat.

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    31. South of 300 lb/2 months. CLOSED.......... 300 lb/2 months.

      34deg27' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    32. Bocaccio................. 40deg10' N 1,000 lb/2 months.

      lat.--34deg27

      ' N lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    33. South of 1,500 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,500 lb/2 months.

      34deg27' N months.

      lat.

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    34. Minor Nearshore Rockfish, North of 5,000 lb/2

      Washington Black rockfish & 42deg00' N months, no more

      Oregon Black/blue/deacon lat. than 1,200 lb

      rockfish. of which may be

      species other

      than black

      rockfish or

      blue/deacon

      rockfish f.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    35. 42deg00' N 8,500 lb/2 7,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black

      lat.--40deg10 months, no more rockfish or blue/deacon rockfish.

      ' N lat. than 1,200 lb

      of which may be

      species other

      than black

      rockfish.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    36. Shallow nearshore South of 1,200 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,200 lb/2 months.

      rockfish g. 40deg10' N months.

      lat.

    37. Deeper nearshore rockfish South of 1,000 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,000 lb/2 months.

      h. 40deg10' N months.

      lat.

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    38. Lingcod i................ North of 2,000 lb/2 months.

      42deg00' N

      lat.

    39. 42deg00' N 1,400 lb/2 months.

      lat.--40deg10

      ' N lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    40. South of 200 lb/2 months. CLOSED.......... 800 lb/2 months. 1,200 lb/2 months 600 lb/month

      40deg10' N (NOV) & 300 lb/

      lat. month (DEC).

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    41. California Scorpionfish.. South of 1,500 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,500 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N months.

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    42. Pacific cod.............. Coastwide....... 1,000 lb/2 months.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    43. Spiny dogfish............ Coastwide....... 200,000 lb/2 months 150,000 lb/2 100,000 lb/2 months.

      months.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    44. Longnose skate........... Coastwide....... Unlimited.

    45. Other Fish j & Cabezon in Coastwide....... Unlimited.

      California.

    46. Oregon Cabezon/Kelp Oregon.......... Unlimited.

      Greenling.

    47. Big skate................ Coastwide....... Unlimited.

    48. Yelloweye rockfish....... Coastwide....... CLOSED.

    49. Cowcod................... South of CLOSED.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    50. Bronzespotted rockfish... South of CLOSED.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

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      a Splitnose rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. is included in the trip limits for Minor Slope Rockfish.

      b POP is included in the trip limits for Minor Slope Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Blackgill rockfish have a species specific trip sub-limit

      within the Minor Slope Rockfish cumulative limit south of 40deg10' N lat.

      c ``Other flatfish'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 and include butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rex sole, rock sole, and sand

      sole.

      d Bocaccio, chilipepper and cowcod north of 40deg10' N lat. are included in the trip limits for Minor Shelf Rockfish.

      e Yellowtail rockfish are included in the trip limits for Minor Shelf Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Bronzespotted rockfish have a species specific

      trip limit.

      f For black rockfish north of Cape Alava (48deg09.50' N lat.), and between Destruction Is. (47deg40' N lat.) and Leadbetter Pnt. (46deg38.17' N

      lat.), there is an additional limit of 100 lb or 30 percent by weight of all fish on board, whichever is greater, per vessel, per fishing trip.

      g ``Shallow Nearshore'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 under ``Groundfish'' (7)(i)(B)(1) and include black and yellow rockfish, S. chrysomelas; China

      rockfish, S. nebulosus; gopher rockfish, S. carnatus; grass rockfish, S. rastrelliger; kelp rockfish, S. atrovirens.

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      h ``Deeper Nearshore'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 under ``Groundfish'' (7)(i)(B)(2) and include black rockfish, S. melanops; blue rockfish, S.

      mystinus; brown rockfish, S. auriculatus; calico rockfish, S. dalli; copper rockfish, S. caurinus; deacon rockfish, S. diaconus; olive rockfish, S.

      serranoides; quillback rockfish, S. maliger; treefish, S. serriceps.

      i The commercial minimum size limit for lingcod is 22 inches (56 cm) total length north of 42deg N lat. and 24 inches (61 cm) total length south of

      42deg N lat.

      j ``Other Fish'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 and include kelp greenling off California and leopard shark.

      Table 13--Open Access Landing Allowances (Trip Limits) for 2019 and Beyond, Until Revised

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      Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun Jul-Aug Sep-Oct Nov-Dec

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    51. Minor Slope Rockfish a & North of 500 pounds/month.

      Darkblotched rockfish. 40deg10' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    52. South of 10,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 475 lb may

      40deg10' N be blackgill rockfish

      lat.

      10,000 lb/2 months, of which no more than 550 lb may

      be blackgill rockfish.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    53. Splitnose rockfish........ South of 200 lb/month.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    54. Pacific ocean perch....... North of 100 lb/month.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    55. Sablefish................. North of 300 lb/day or one landing per week up to 1,200 lb, not to exceed 2,400 lb/2 months.

      36deg00' N

      lat.

    56. South of 300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 1,600 lb, not to exceed 3,200 lb/2 months.

      36deg00' N

      lat.

    57. Shortpine thornyheads and North of 50 lb/month of each.

      longspine thornyheads. 40deg10' N

      lat.

    58. 40deg10' N CLOSED.

      lat.--34deg27

      ' N lat.

    59. South of 50 lb/day, no more than 1,000 lb/2 months (both species combined).

      34deg27' N

      lat.

    60. Dover sole, arrowtooth Coastwide....... 3,000 lb/month, no more than 300 lb of which may be species other than Pacific sanddabs.

      flounder, petrale sole,

      English sole, starry

      flounder, Other Flatfish b.

    61. Whiting.................. Coastwide....... 300 lb/month.

    62. Minor Shelf Rockfish, c North of 200 lb/month.

      Shortbelly rockfish, & Widow 40deg10' N

      rockfish (and Chilipepper lat.

      south of 40deg10' N lat.).

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    63. 40deg10' N 400 lb/2 months. CLOSED.......... 400 lb/2 months.

      lat.-34deg27'

      N lat.

    64. South of 1,500 lb/2 1,500 lb/2 months.

      34deg27' N months.

      lat.

    65. Bocaccio................. South of 500 lb/2 months. CLOSED.......... 500 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    66. Yellowtail rockfish...... North of 500 lb/month.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    67. Canary rockfish.......... North of 300 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    68. South of 300 lb/2 months. CLOSED.......... 300 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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    69. Minor Nearshore Rockfish, North of 5,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black rockfish or blue/

      Washington Black rockfish, 42deg00' N deacon rockfish. d

      Oregon Black/Blue/Deacon lat.

      rockfish, California black

      rockfish.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    70. 42deg00' N 8,500 lb/2 7,000 lb/2 months, no more than 1,200 lb of which may be species other than black

      lat.--40deg10 months, no more rockfish or blue/deacon rockfish.

      ' N lat. than 1,200 lb

      of which may be

      species other

      than black

      rockfish or

      blue/deacon

      rockfish.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    71. Shallow nearshore e...... South of 1,200 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,200 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N months.

      lat.

    72. Deeper nearshore f....... South of 1,000 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,000 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N months.

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    73. Lingcod g................ North of 900 lb/month.

      42deg00' N

      lat.

    74. 42deg00' N 600 lb/month.

      lat.--40deg10

      ' N lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    75. South of 300 lb/month.... CLOSED.......... 300 lb/month.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    76. California scorpionfish.. South of 1,500 lb/2 CLOSED.......... 1,500 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N months.

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    77. Pacific cod.............. Coastwide....... 1,000 lb/2 months.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    78. Spiny dogfish............ North of 200,000 lb/2 months 150,000 lb/2 100,000 lb/2 months.

      40deg10' N months.

      lat.

      --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    79. Longnose skate........... Coastwide....... Unlimited.

    80. Big skate................ Coastwide....... Unlimited.

    81. Other Fish h & Cabezon in Coastwide....... Unlimited.

      California.

    82. Oregon Cabezon/Kelp North of Unlimited.

      Greenling. 40deg10' N

      lat.

    83. Yelloweye rockfish....... Coastwide....... CLOSED.

    84. Cowcod................... South of CLOSED.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

    85. Bronzespotted rockfish... South of CLOSED.

      40deg10' N

      lat.

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      a Splitnose rockfish is included in the trip limits for Minor Slope Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. POP is included in the trip limits for Minor

      slope rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Blackgill rockfish have a species specific trip sub-limit within the minor slope rockfish cumulative limits.

      b ``Other flatfish'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 and include butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rex sole, rock sole, and sand

      sole.

      c Bocaccio, chilipepper and cowcod rockfishes are included in the trip limits for Minor Shelf Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. Yellowtail rockfish is

      included in the trip limits for Minor Shelf Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Bronzespotted rockfish have a species specific trip limit.

      d For black rockfish north of Cape Alava (48deg09.50' N lat.), and between Destruction Is. (47deg40' N lat.) and Leadbetter Pnt. (46deg38.17' N

      lat.), there is an additional limit of 100 lbs or 30 percent by weight of all fish on board, whichever is greater, per vessel, per fishing trip.

      e ``Shallow Nearshore'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 under ``Groundfish'' (7)(i)(B)(1) and include black and yellow rockfish, S. chrysomelas; China

      rockfish, S. nebulosus; gopher rockfish, S. carnatus; grass rockfish, S. rastrelliger; kelp rockfish, S. atrovirens.

      f ``Deeper Nearshore'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 under ``Groundfish'' (7)(i)(B)(2) and include black rockfish, S. melanops; blue rockfish, S.

      mystinus; brown rockfish, S. auriculatus; calico rockfish, S. dalli; copper rockfish, S. caurinus; deacon rockfish, S. diaconus; olive rockfish, S.

      serranoides; quillback rockfish, S. maliger; treefish, S. serriceps.

      g The minimum size limit for lingcod is 22 inches (56 cm) total length North of 42deg N lat. and 24 inches (61 cm) total length South of 42deg N

      lat.

      h ``Other fish'' are defined at Sec. 660.11 and include kelp greenling off California and leopard shark.

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      Primary Sablefish Tier Limits

      Some limited entry fixed gear permits are endorsed to receive annual sablefish quota, or ``tier limits.'' Vessels registered with one, two, or up to three of these permits may participate in the primary sablefish fishery. The tier limits are shown in Table 14.

      Table 14--Sablefish Tier Limits for 2019 and 2020

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      2019 2020

      ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Tier 1............................... 47,637 lb (21,608 kg)........ 48,642 lb (22,064 kg).

      Tier 2............................... 21,653 lb (9,822 kg)......... 22,110 lb (10,029 kg).

      Tier 3............................... 12,373 lb (5,612 kg)......... 12,634 lb (5,731 kg).

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      Recreational Fisheries

      This section describes the recreational fisheries management measures for 2019-2020. The Council primarily recommends depth restrictions and groundfish conservation areas (GCAs) to constrain catch within the recreational harvest guidelines for each stock. Most of the changes to recreational management measures are modifications to existing measures.

      Washington, Oregon, and California each proposed, and the Council recommended, different combinations of seasons, bag limits, area closures, and size limits for stocks targeted in recreational fisheries. These measures are designed to limit catch of overfished stocks found in the waters adjacent to each state while allowing target fishing opportunities in their particular recreational fisheries. The following sections describe the recreational management measures this final rule implements for each state.

      Washington

      The state of Washington manages its marine fisheries in four areas: Marine Area 1 extends from the Oregon/Washington border to Leadbetter Point; Marine Area 2 extends from Leadbetter Point to the mouth of the Queets Rivers; Marine Area 3 extends from the Queets River to Cape Alava; and Marine Area 4 extends from Cape Alava to the Sekiu River. Changes from the 2018 fishing season that will be effective for 2019 and beyond include the elimination of the canary rockfish sublimit from all marine areas, and the change to a uniform cabezon sublimit of one fish a day across all marine areas, with no size limit in Marine Area 4. For 2019 and beyond, until otherwise modified, the bag limits for Washington are as follows: 9 groundfish/day, with a sublimit of 7 a day for rockfish, 2 a day for lingcod, and 1 a day for cabezon.

      This final rule also aligns the lingcod season in Marine Area 4 with the recreational groundfish season and the lingcod season in Marine Areas 1-3. This adjustment allows for an additional month of fishing in Marine Area 4 compared to 2018. Additionally, this rule allows retention of yellowtail and widow rockfish seaward of 20 fm (37 m) in July and August in Marine Areas 3 and 4.

      Oregon

      Oregon recreational fisheries in 2019-2020 will operate under the same season structures and bag limits as 2017-2018. As shown in Table 15, this rule expands all-depth fishing from October through March in 2018 to September through May in 2019 and 2020.

      Table 15--Oregon Recreational Season Structure and Bag Limits for 2019 and 2020

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      Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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      Bottomfish Season........................................... Open all depths

      MSY is 2029. The harvest control rule to be used to rebuild the yelloweye rockfish stock is an annual SPR harvest rate of 65.0 percent.

      0

    86. In Sec. 660.50, revise paragraphs (f)(2)(ii) and (f)(6) and add paragraph (h) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.50 Pacific Coast treaty Indian fisheries.

      * * * * *

      (f) * * *

      (2) * * *

      (ii) The Tribal allocation is 561 mt in 2019 and 572 mt in 2020 per year. This allocation is, for each year, 10 percent of the Monterey through Vancouver area (North of 36deg N lat.) ACL. The Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent for estimated discard mortality.

      * * * * *

      (6) Petrale sole. For petrale sole, treaty fishing vessels are restricted to a fleetwide harvest target of 290 mt each year.

      * * * * *

      (h) Salmon bycatch. This fishery may be closed through automatic action at Sec. 660.60(d)(1)(v) and (vi).

      0

    87. In Sec. 660.55, revise paragraphs (c)(1)(i)(A) and (B) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.55 Allocations.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (i) * * *

      (A) Darkblotched rockfish. Distribute 9 percent or 25 mt, whichever is greater, of the total trawl allocation of darkblotched rockfish to the Pacific whiting fishery (MS sector, C/P sector, and Shorebased IFQ sectors). The distribution of darkblotched rockfish to each sector will be done pro rata relative to the sector's allocation of the commercial harvest guideline for Pacific whiting. Darkblotched rockfish distributed to the MS sector and C/P sector are managed as set-asides at Table 1d and Table 2d to this subpart. The allocation of darkblotched rockfish to the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery contributes to the Shorebased IFQ allocation. After deducting allocations for the Pacific whiting fishery, the remaining trawl allocation is allocated to the Shorebased IFQ Program.

      (B) Pacific Ocean Perch (POP). Distribute 17 percent or 30 mt, whichever is greater, of the total trawl allocation of POP to the Pacific whiting fishery (MS sector, C/P sector, and Shorebased IFQ sector). The distribution of POP to each sector will be done pro rata relative to the sector's allocation of the commercial harvest guideline for Pacific whiting. POP distributed to the MS sector and C/P sector are managed as set-asides at Table 1d and Table 2d to this subpart. The allocation of POP to the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery contributes to the Shorebased IFQ allocation. After deducting allocations for the Pacific whiting fishery, the remaining trawl allocation is allocated to the Shorebased IFQ Program.

      * * * * *

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    88. Amend Sec. 660.60 as follows:

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      a. Revise paragraph (d)(1)(v);

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      b. Remove paragraph (d)(1)(vii);

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      c. Redesignate paragraph (d)(1)(vi) as paragraph (d)(1)(vii); and

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      d. Add new paragraph (d)(1)(vi).

      The revision and addition read as follows:

      Sec. 660.60 Specifications and management measures.

      * * * * *

      (d) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (v) Close one or both of the whiting or non-whiting sectors of the groundfish fishery upon that sector having exceeded its annual Chinook salmon bycatch guideline and the reserve.

      The whiting sector includes the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery, MS, and C/P sectors. The non-whiting sector includes the midwater trawl, bottom trawl, and fixed gear fisheries under the Shorebased IFQ Program, limited entry fixed gear fisheries, open access fisheries, and recreational fisheries subject to this provision as set out in Sec. 660.360(d).

      (A) The whiting sector Chinook salmon bycatch guideline is 11,000 fish.

      (B) The non-whiting sector Chinook salmon bycatch guideline is 5,500 fish.

      (C) The reserve is 3,500 fish.

      (vi) Close the whiting or non-whiting sector of the groundfish fishery upon that sector having exceeded its annual Chinook salmon bycatch guideline if the other sector has already been closed after exceeding its Chinook salmon bycatch guideline and the reserve. The whiting sector includes the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery, MS, and C/P sectors. The non-whiting sector includes the midwater trawl, bottom trawl, and fixed gear fisheries under the Shorebased IFQ Program, limited entry fixed gear fisheries, open access fisheries, and recreational fisheries subject to this provision as set out in Sec. 660.360(d).

      * * * * *

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    89. Amend Sec. 660.71 as follows:

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      a. Redesignate paragraphs (k) through (n) as paragraphs (o) through (r); and

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      b. Add new paragraphs (k) through (n) and paragraphs (s) through (v).

      The additions read as follows:

      Sec. 660.71 Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 10-fm (18-m) through 40-fm (73-m) depth contours.

      * * * * *

      (k) The 30 fm (55 m) depth contour around Santa Barbara Island off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 33deg30.38' N lat., 119deg03.15' W long.;

      (2) 33deg29.64' N lat., 119deg00.58' W long.;

      (3) 33deg27.24' N lat., 119deg01.73' W long.;

      (4) 33deg27.76' N lat., 119deg03.48' W long.;

      (5) 33deg29.50' N lat., 119deg04.20' W long.; and

      (6) 33deg30.38' N lat., 119deg03.15' W long.

      (l) The 30 fm (55 m) depth contour around San Nicholas Island off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 33deg18.39' N lat., 119deg38.87' W long.;

      (2) 33deg18.63' N lat., 119deg27.52' W long.;

      (3) 33deg15.24' N lat., 119deg20.10' W long.;

      (4) 33deg13.27' N lat., 119deg20.10' W long.;

      (5) 33deg12.16' N lat., 119deg26.82' W long.;

      (6) 33deg13.20' N lat., 119deg31.87' W. long.;

      (7) 33deg15.70' N lat., 119deg38.87' W long.;

      (8) 33deg17.52' N lat., 119deg40.15' W long.; and

      (9) 33deg18.39' N lat., 119deg38.87' W long.

      (m) The 30 fm (55 m) depth contour around Tanner Bank off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 32deg43.02' N lat., 119deg08.52' W long.;

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      (2) 32deg41.81' N lat., 119deg06.20' W long.;

      (3) 32deg40.67' N lat., 119deg06.82' W long.;

      (4) 32deg41.62' N lat., 119deg09.46' W long.; and

      (5) 32deg43.02' N lat., 119deg08.52' W long.

      (n) The 30 fm (55 m) depth contour around Cortes Bank off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 32deg29.73' N lat., 119deg12.95' W long.;

      (2) 32deg28.17' N lat., 119deg07.04' W long.;

      (3) 32deg26.27' N lat., 119deg04.14' W long.;

      (4) 32deg25.22' N lat., 119deg04.77' W long.;

      (5) 32deg28.60' N lat., 119deg14.15' W long.; and

      (6) 32deg29.73' N lat., 119deg12.95' W long.

      * * * * *

      (s) The 40 fm (73 m) depth contour around Santa Barbara Island off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 33deg30.87' N lat., 119deg02.43' W long.;

      (2) 33deg29.87' N lat., 119deg00.34' W long.;

      (3) 33deg27.08' N lat., 119deg01.65' W long.;

      (4) 33deg27.64' N lat., 119deg03.45' W long.;

      (5) 33deg29.12' N lat., 119deg04.55' W long.;

      (6) 33deg29.66' N lat., 119deg05.49' W long.; and

      (7) 33deg30.87' N lat., 119deg02.43' W long.

      (t) The 40 fm (73 m) depth contour around Tanner Bank off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 32deg43.40' N lat., 119deg08.56' W long.;

      (2) 32deg41.36' N lat., 119deg05.02' W long.;

      (3) 32deg40.07' N lat., 119deg05.59' W long.;

      (4) 32deg41.51' N lat., 119deg09.76' W long.; and

      (5) 32deg43.40' N lat., 119deg08.56' W long.

      (u) The 40 fm (73 m) depth contour around San Nicholas Island off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 33deg19.30' N lat., 119deg41.05' W long.;

      (2) 33deg19.42' N lat., 119deg27.88' W long.;

      (3) 33deg14.31' N lat., 119deg17.48' W long.;

      (4) 33deg12.90' N lat., 119deg17.64' W long.;

      (5) 33deg11.89' N lat., 119deg27.26' W long.;

      (6) 33deg12.19' N lat., 119deg29.96' W long.;

      (7) 33deg15.42' N lat., 119deg39.14' W long.;

      (8) 33deg17.58' N lat., 119deg41.38' W long.; and

      (9) 33deg19.30' N lat., 119deg41.05' W long.

      (v) The 40 fm (73 m) depth contour around Cortes Bank off the state of California is defined by straight lines connecting all of the following points in the order stated:

      (1) 32deg30.00' N lat., 119deg12.98' W long.;

      (2) 32deg28.33' N lat., 119deg06.81' W long.;

      (3) 32deg25.69' N lat., 119deg03.21' W long.;

      (4) 32deg24.66' N lat., 119deg03.83' W long.;

      (5) 32deg28.48' N lat., 119deg14.66' W long.; and

      (6) 32deg30.00' N lat., 119deg12.98' W long.

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    90. Amend Sec. 660.72 as follows:

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      a. Redesignate paragraphs (k)(15) through (31) as (k)(17) through (33), respectively; and

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      b. Add new paragraphs (k)(15) and (16).

      The additions read as follows:

      Sec. 660.72 Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 50 fm (91 m) through 75 fm (137 m) depth contours.

      * * * * *

      (k) * * *

      (15) 33deg57.77' N lat., 119deg33.49' W long.;

      (16) 33deg57.64' N lat., 119deg35.78' W long.;

      * * * * *

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    91. Amend Sec. 660.73 as follows:

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      a. Revise paragraphs (a)(178), (181), and (190) through (192) and (d)(205) through (354);

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      b. Add paragraphs (d)(355) through (363);

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      c. Revise paragraphs (h)(281) through (313); and

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      d. Add paragraphs (h)(314) through (316).

      The revisions and additions read as follows:

      Sec. 660.73 Latitude/longitude coordinates defining the 100 fm (183 m) through 150 fm (274 m) depth contours.

      * * * * *

      (a) * * *

      (178) 40deg10.13' N lat., 124deg21.92' W long.;

      * * * * *

      (181) 40deg06.39' N lat., 124deg17.26' W long.;

      * * * * *

      (190) 40deg01.00' N lat., 124deg09.96' W long.;

      (191) 39deg58.07' N lat., 124deg11.81' W long.;

      (192) 39deg56.39' N lat., 124deg08.69' W long.;

      * * * * *

      (d) * * *

      (205) 40deg02.67' N lat., 124deg11.83' W long.;

      (206) 40deg02.70' N lat., 124deg10.57' W long.;

      (207) 40deg04.08' N lat., 124deg10.09' W long.;

      (208) 40deg04.08' N lat., 124deg09.10' W long.;

      (209) 40deg01.23' N lat., 124deg08.91' W long.;

      (210) 40deg01.18' N lat., 124deg09.92' W long.;

      (211) 39deg58.05' N. lat., 124deg11.87' W long.;

      (212) 39deg56.39' N lat., 124deg08.70' W long.;

      (213) 39deg54.64' N lat., 124deg07.31' W long.;

      (214) 39deg53.87' N lat., 124deg07.95' W long.;

      (215) 39deg52.42' N lat., 124deg08.18' W long.;

      (216) 39deg49.64' N lat., 124deg06.05' W long.;

      (217) 39deg49.30' N lat., 124deg04.60' W long.;

      (218) 39deg48.49' N lat., 124deg03.86' W long.;

      (219) 39deg47.73' N lat., 124deg04.59' W long.;

      (220) 39deg42.50' N lat., 124deg00.60' W long.;

      (221) 39deg34.23' N lat., 123deg56.82' W long.;

      (222) 39deg33.00' N lat., 123deg56.44' W long.;

      (223) 39deg30.96' N lat., 123deg56.00' W long.;

      (224) 39deg31.34' N lat., 123deg56.71' W long.;

      (225) 39deg32.03' N lat., 123deg57.44' W long.;

      (226) 39deg31.43' N lat., 123deg58.16' W long.;

      (227) 39deg05.56' N lat., 123deg57.24' W long.;

      (228) 39deg01.75' N lat., 123deg56.83' W long.;

      (229) 38deg59.52' N lat., 123deg55.95' W long.;

      (230) 38deg58.98' N lat., 123deg56.57' W long.;

      (231) 38deg57.50' N lat., 123deg56.57' W long.;

      (232) 38deg53.91' N lat., 123deg56.00' W long.;

      (233) 38deg42.57' N lat., 123deg46.60' W long.;

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      (234) 38deg28.72' N lat., 123deg35.61' W long.;

      (235) 38deg28.01' N lat., 123deg36.47' W long.;

      (236) 38deg20.94' N lat., 123deg31.26' W long.;

      (237) 38deg15.94' N lat., 123deg25.33' W long.;

      (238) 38deg10.95' N lat., 123deg23.19' W long.;

      (239) 38deg05.52' N lat., 123deg22.90' W long.;

      (240) 38deg08.46' N lat., 123deg26.23' W long.;

      (241) 38deg06.95' N lat., 123deg28.03' W long.;

      (242) 38deg06.25' N lat., 123deg29.70' W long.;

      (243) 38deg04.57' N lat., 123deg31.37' W long.;

      (244) 38deg02.32' N lat., 123deg31.09' W long.;

      (245) 37deg59.97' N lat., 123deg28.43' W long.;

      (246) 37deg58.10' N lat., 123deg26.69' W long.;

      (247) 37deg55.46' N lat., 123deg27.05' W long.;

      (248) 37deg51.51' N lat., 123deg24.86' W long.;

      (249) 37deg45.01' N lat., 123deg12.09' W long.;

      (250) 37deg35.67' N lat., 123deg01.56' W long.;

      (251) 37deg26.62' N lat., 122deg56.21' W long.;

      (252) 37deg14.41' N lat., 122deg49.07' W long.;

      (253) 37deg11.00' N lat., 122deg45.87' W long.;

      (254) 37deg07.00' N lat., 122deg41.97' W long.;

      (255) 37deg03.19' N lat., 122deg38.31' W long.;

      (256) 37deg00.99' N lat., 122deg35.51' W long.;

      (257) 36deg58.31' N lat., 122deg27.56' W long.;

      (258) 37deg00.54' N lat., 122deg24.74' W long.;

      (259) 36deg57.81' N lat., 122deg24.65' W long.;

      (260) 36deg58.54' N lat., 122deg21.67' W long.;

      (261) 36deg56.52' N lat., 122deg21.70' W long.;

      (262) 36deg55.37' N lat., 122deg18.45' W long.;

      (263) 36deg52.16' N lat., 122deg12.17' W long.;

      (264) 36deg51.53' N lat., 122deg10.67' W long.;

      (265) 36deg48.05' N lat., 122deg07.59' W long.;

      (266) 36deg47.35' N lat., 122deg03.27' W long.;

      (267) 36deg50.71' N lat., 121deg58.17' W long.;

      (268) 36deg48.89' N lat., 121deg58.90' W long.;

      (269) 36deg47.70' N lat., 121deg58.76' W long.;

      (270) 36deg48.37' N lat., 121deg51.15' W long.;

      (271) 36deg45.74' N lat., 121deg54.18' W long.;

      (272) 36deg45.50' N lat., 121deg57.73' W long.;

      (273) 36deg44.02' N lat., 121deg58.55' W long.;

      (274) 36deg38.84' N lat., 122deg01.32' W long.;

      (275) 36deg35.63' N lat., 122deg00.98' W long.;

      (276) 36deg32.47' N lat., 121deg59.17' W long.;

      (277) 36deg32.52' N lat., 121deg57.62' W long.;

      (278) 36deg30.16' N lat., 122deg00.55' W long.;

      (279) 36deg24.56' N lat., 121deg59.19' W long.;

      (280) 36deg22.19' N lat., 122deg00.30' W long.;

      (281) 36deg20.62' N lat., 122deg02.93' W long.;

      (282) 36deg18.89' N lat., 122deg05.18' W long.;

      (283) 36deg14.45' N lat., 121deg59.44' W long.;

      (284) 36deg13.73' N lat., 121deg57.38' W long.;

      (285) 36deg14.41' N lat., 121deg55.45' W long.;

      (286) 36deg10.25' N lat., 121deg43.08' W long.;

      (287) 36deg07.67' N lat., 121deg40.92' W long.;

      (288) 36deg02.51' N lat., 121deg36.76' W long.;

      (289) 36deg01.04' N lat., 121deg36.68' W long.;

      (290) 36deg00.00' N lat., 121deg35.15' W long.;

      (291) 35deg57.84' N lat., 121deg33.10' W long.;

      (292) 35deg45.57' N lat., 121deg27.26' W long.;

      (293) 35deg39.02' N lat., 121deg22.86' W long.;

      (294) 35deg25.92' N lat., 121deg05.52' W long.;

      (295) 35deg16.26' N lat., 121deg01.50' W long.;

      (296) 35deg07.60' N lat., 120deg56.49' W long.;

      (297) 34deg57.77' N lat., 120deg53.87' W long.;

      (298) 34deg42.30' N lat., 120deg53.42' W long.;

      (299) 34deg37.69' N lat., 120deg50.04' W long.;

      (300) 34deg30.13' N lat., 120deg44.45' W long.;

      (301) 34deg27.00' N lat., 120deg39.24' W long.;

      (302) 34deg24.71' N lat., 120deg35.37' W long.;

      (303) 34deg21.63' N lat., 120deg24.86' W long.;

      (304) 34deg24.39' N lat., 120deg16.65' W long.;

      (305) 34deg22.48' N lat., 119deg56.42' W long.;

      (306) 34deg18.54' N lat., 119deg46.26' W long.;

      (307) 34deg16.37' N lat., 119deg45.12' W long.;

      (308) 34deg15.91' N lat., 119deg47.29' W long.;

      (309) 34deg13.80' N lat., 119deg45.40' W long.;

      (310) 34deg11.69' N lat., 119deg41.80' W long.;

      (311) 34deg09.98' N lat., 119deg31.87' W long.;

      (312) 34deg08.12' N lat., 119deg27.71' W long.;

      (313) 34deg06.35' N lat., 119deg32.65' W long.;

      (314) 34deg06.80' N lat., 119deg40.08' W long.;

      (315) 34deg07.48' N lat., 119deg47.54' W long.;

      (316) 34deg08.21' N lat., 119deg54.90' W long.;

      (317) 34deg06.85' N lat., 120deg05.60' W long.;

      (318) 34deg07.03' N lat., 120deg10.47' W long.;

      (319) 34deg08.77' N lat., 120deg18.46' W long.;

      (320) 34deg11.89' N lat., 120deg28.09' W long.;

      (321) 34deg12.53' N lat., 120deg29.82' W long.;

      (322) 34deg09.02' N lat., 120deg37.47' W long.;

      (323) 34deg01.01' N lat., 120deg31.17' W long.;

      (324) 33deg58.07' N lat., 120deg28.33' W long.;

      (325) 33deg53.37' N lat., 120deg14.43' W long.;

      (326) 33deg50.53' N lat., 120deg07.20' W long.;

      (327) 33deg45.88' N lat., 120deg04.26' W long.;

      (328) 33deg38.19' N lat., 119deg57.85' W long.;

      (329) 33deg38.19' N lat., 119deg50.42' W long.;

      (330) 33deg42.36' N lat., 119deg49.60' W long.;

      (331) 33deg53.95' N lat., 119deg53.81' W long.;

      (332) 33deg55.99' N lat., 119deg41.40' W long.;

      (333) 33deg58.48' N lat., 119deg27.90' W long.;

      (334) 33deg59.24' N lat., 119deg23.61' W long.;

      (335) 33deg59.35' N lat., 119deg21.71' W long.;

      (336) 33deg59.94' N lat., 119deg19.57' W long.;

      (337) 34deg04.48' N lat., 119deg15.32' W long.;

      (338) 34deg02.80' N lat., 119deg12.95' W long.;

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      (339) 34deg02.39' N lat., 119deg07.17' W long.;

      (340) 34deg03.75' N lat., 119deg04.72' W long.;

      (341) 34deg01.82' N lat., 119deg03.24' W long.;

      (342) 33deg59.33' N lat., 119deg03.49' W long.;

      (343) 33deg59.01' N lat., 118deg59.56' W long.;

      (344) 33deg59.51' N lat., 118deg57.25' W long.;

      (345) 33deg58.83' N lat., 118deg52.50' W long.;

      (346) 33deg58.55' N lat., 118deg41.86' W long.;

      (347) 33deg55.10' N lat., 118deg34.25' W long.;

      (348) 33deg54.30' N lat., 118deg38.71' W long.;

      (349) 33deg50.88' N lat., 118deg37.02' W long.;

      (350) 33deg39.78' N lat., 118deg18.40' W long.;

      (351) 33deg35.50' N lat., 118deg16.85' W long.;

      (352) 33deg32.46' N lat., 118deg10.90' W long.;

      (353) 33deg34.11' N lat., 117deg54.07' W long.;

      (354) 33deg31.61' N lat., 117deg49.30' W long.;

      (355) 33deg16.36' N lat., 117deg35.48' W long.;

      (356) 33deg06.81' N lat., 117deg22.93' W long.;

      (357) 32deg59.28' N lat., 117deg19.69' W long.;

      (358) 32deg55.37' N lat., 117deg19.55' W long.;

      (359) 32deg53.35' N lat., 117deg17.05' W long.;

      (360) 32deg53.36' N lat., 117deg19.12' W long.;

      (361) 32deg46.42' N lat., 117deg23.45' W long.;

      (362) 32deg42.71' N lat., 117deg21.45' W long.; and

      (363) 32deg34.54' N lat., 117deg23.04' W long.

      * * * * *

      (h) * * *

      (281) 34deg07.10' N lat., 120deg10.37' W long.;

      (282) 34deg11.07' N lat., 120deg25.03' W long.;

      (283) 34deg09.00' N lat., 120deg18.40' W long.;

      (284) 34deg13.16' N lat., 120deg29.40' W long.;

      (285) 34deg09.41' N lat., 120deg37.75' W long.;

      (286) 34deg03.15' N lat., 120deg34.71' W long.;

      (287) 33deg57.09' N lat., 120deg27.76' W long.;

      (288) 33deg51.00' N lat., 120deg09.00' W long.;

      (289) 33deg38.16' N lat., 119deg59.23' W long.;

      (290) 33deg37.04' N lat., 119deg50.17' W long.;

      (291) 33deg42.28' N lat., 119deg48.85' W long.;

      (292) 33deg53.96' N lat., 119deg53.77' W long.;

      (293) 33deg55.88' N lat., 119deg41.05' W long.;

      (294) 33deg59.18' N lat., 119deg23.64' W long.;

      (295) 33deg59.26' N lat., 119deg21.92' W long.;

      (296) 33deg59.94' N lat., 119deg19.57' W long.;

      (297) 34deg03.12' N lat., 119deg15.51' W long.;

      (298) 34deg01.97' N lat., 119deg07.28' W long.;

      (299) 34deg03.60' N lat., 119deg04.71' W long.;

      (300) 33deg59.30' N lat., 119deg03.73' W long.;

      (301) 33deg58.87' N lat., 118deg59.37' W long.;

      (302) 33deg58.08' N lat., 118deg41.14' W long.;

      (303) 33deg50.93' N lat., 118deg37.65' W long.;

      (304) 33deg39.54' N lat., 118deg18.70' W long.;

      (305) 33deg35.42' N lat., 118deg17.14' W long.;

      (306) 33deg32.15' N lat., 118deg10.84' W long.;

      (307) 33deg33.71' N lat., 117deg53.72' W long.;

      (308) 33deg31.17' N lat., 117deg49.11' W long.;

      (309) 33deg16.53' N lat., 117deg36.13' W long.;

      (310) 33deg06.77' N lat., 117deg22.92' W long.;

      (311) 32deg58.94' N lat., 117deg20.05' W long.;

      (312) 32deg55.83' N lat., 117deg20.15' W long.;

      (313) 32deg46.29' N lat., 117deg23.89' W long.;

      (314) 32deg42.00' N lat., 117deg22.16' W long.;

      (315) 32deg39.47' N lat., 117deg27.78' W long.; and

      (316) 32deg34.83' N lat., 117deg24.69' W long.

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    92. Tables 1a to part 660, subpart C, through 1d to part 660, subpart C, are revised to read as follows:

      Sec.

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      Table 1a to Part 660, Subpart C--2019, Specifications of OFL, ABC, ACL, ACT and Fishery HG (Weights in Metric Tons)

      Table 1b to Part 660, Subpart C--2019, Allocations by Species or Species Group (Weight in Metric Tons)

      Table 1c to Part 660, Subpart C--Sablefish North of 36deg N lat. Allocations, 2019

      Table 1d to Part 660, Subpart C--At-Sea Whiting Fishery Annual Set-

      Asides, 2019

      * * * * *

      Table 1a to Part 660, Subpart C--2019, Specifications of OFL, ABC, ACL, ACT and Fishery HG

      Weights in metric tons

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      Stocks/stock complexes Area OFL ABC ACL \a\ Fishery HG \b\

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      COWCOD \c\..................................... S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 74 67 10 8

      COWCOD......................................... (Conception)........................... 61 56 NA NA

      COWCOD......................................... (Monterey)............................. 13 11 NA NA

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH \d\......................... Coastwide.............................. 82 74 48 42

      Arrowtooth Flounder \e\........................ Coastwide.............................. 18,696 15,574 15,574 13,479

      Big Skate \f\.................................. Coastwide.............................. 541 494 494 452

      Black Rockfish \g\............................. California (S of 42deg N lat.)....... 344 329 329 328

      Black Rockfish \h\............................. Washington (N of 46deg16' N lat.).... 312 298 298 280

      Bocaccio \i\................................... S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 2,194 2,097 2,097 2,051

      Cabezon \j\.................................... California (S of 42deg N lat.)....... 154 147 147 147

      California Scorpionfish \k\.................... S of 34deg27' N lat.................. 337 313 313 311

      Canary Rockfish \l\............................ Coastwide.............................. 1,517 1,450 1,450 1,383

      Chilipepper Rockfish \m\....................... S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 2,652 2,536 2,536 2,451

      Darkblotched Rockfish \n\...................... Coastwide.............................. 800 765 765 731

      Dover Sole \o\................................. Coastwide.............................. 91,102 87,094 50,000 48,404

      English Sole \p\............................... Coastwide.............................. 11,052 10,090 10,090 9,874

      Lingcod \q\.................................... N of 40deg10' N lat.................. 5,110 4,885 4,871 4,593

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      Lingcod \r\.................................... S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 1,143 1,093 1,039 1,028

      Longnose Skate \s\............................. Coastwide.............................. 2,499 2,389 2,000 1,852

      Longspine Thornyhead \t\....................... N of 34deg27' N lat.................. 4,112 3,425 2,603 2,553

      Longspine Thornyhead \u\....................... S of 34deg27' N lat.................. 822 821

      Pacific Cod \v\................................ Coastwide.............................. 3,200 2,221 1,600 1,094

      Pacific Whiting \w\............................ Coastwide.............................. \(w)\ \(w)\ \(w)\ \(w)\

      Pacific Ocean Perch \x\........................ N of 40deg10' N lat.................. 4,753 4,340 4,340 4,318

      Petrale Sole \y\............................... Coastwide.............................. 3,042 2,908 2,908 2,587

      Sablefish \z\.................................. N of 36deg N lat..................... 8,489 7,750 5,606 See Table 1c

      Sablefish \aa\................................. S of 36deg N lat..................... 1,990 1,986

      Shortbelly Rockfish \bb\....................... Coastwide.............................. 6,950 5,789 500 483

      Shortspine Thornyhead \cc\..................... N of 34deg27' N lat.................. 3,089 2,573 1,683 1,618

      Shortspine Thornyhead \dd\..................... S of 34deg27' N lat.................. 890 889

      Spiny Dogfish \ee\............................. Coastwide.............................. 2,486 2,071 2,071 1,738

      Splitnose Rockfish \ff\........................ S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 1,831 1,750 1,750 1,733

      Starry Flounder \gg\........................... Coastwide.............................. 652 452 452 433

      Widow Rockfish \hh\............................ Coastwide.............................. 12,375 11,831 11,831 11,583

      Yellowtail Rockfish \ii\....................... N of 40deg10' N lat.................. 6,568 6,279 6,279 5,234

      Black Rockfish/Blue Rockfish/Deacon Rockfish Oregon (Between 46deg16' N lat. and 677 617 617 616

      \jj\. 42deg N lat.).

      Cabezon/Kelp Greenling \kk\.................... Oregon (Between 46deg16' N lat. and 230 218 218 218

      42deg N lat.).

      Cabezon/Kelp Greenling \ll\.................... Washington (N of 46deg16' N lat.).... 13 11 11 11

      Nearshore Rockfish \mm\........................ N of 40deg10' N lat.................. 91 81 81 79

      Shelf Rockfish \nn\............................ N of 40deg10' N lat.................. 2,309 2,054 2,054 1,977

      Slope Rockfish \oo\............................ N of 40deg10' N lat.................. 1,887 1,746 1,746 1,665

      Nearshore Rockfish \pp\........................ S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 1,300 1,145 1,142 1,138

      Shelf Rockfish \qq\............................ S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 1,919 1,625 1,625 1,546

      Slope Rockfish \rr\............................ S of 40deg10' N lat.................. 856 744 744 724

      Other Flatfish \ss\............................ Coastwide.............................. 8,750 6,498 6,498 6,249

      Other Fish \tt\................................ Coastwide.............................. 286 239 239 230

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      \a\ Annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs) and harvest guidelines (HGs) are specified as total catch values.

      \b\ Fishery HGs means the HG or quota after subtracting Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribes allocations and projected catch, projected research catch,

      deductions for fishing mortality in non-groundfish fisheries, and deductions for EFPs from the ACL or ACT.

      \c\ Cowcod south of 40deg10' N lat. 2 mt is deducted from the ACL to EFP fishing (less than 0.1 mt) and research activity (2 mt), resulting in a

      fishery HG of 8 mt. Any additional mortality in research activities will be deducted from the ACL. A single ACT of 6 mt is being set for the

      Conception and Monterey areas combined.

      \d\ Yelloweye rockfish. The 48 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2029 and an SPR harvest rate of 65

      percent. 6.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2.3 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.62 mt), EFP catch (0.24 mt)

      and research catch (2.92 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 42 mt. The non-trawl HG is 38.6 mt. The non-nearshore HG is 2.0 mt and the nearshore HG is

      6.0 mt. Recreational HGs are: 10 mt (Washington); 8.9 mt (Oregon); and 11.6 mt (California). In addition, there are the following ACTs: Non-nearshore

      (1.6 mt), nearshore (4.7 mt), Washington recreational (7.8 mt), Oregon recreational (7.0 mt), and California recreational (9.1 mt).

      \e\ Arrowtooth flounder. 2,094.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2,041 mt), the incidental open access fishery (40.8 mt),

      EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (13 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 13,479 mt.

      \f\ Big skate. 41.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (15 mt), the incidental open access fishery (21.3 mt), EFP fishing

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (5.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 452 mt.

      \g\ Black rockfish (California). 1.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate EFP fishing (1.0 mt) and incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt),

      resulting in a fishery HG of 328 mt.

      \h\ Black rockfish (Washington). 18.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (18 mt) and research catch (0.1 mt), resulting in a

      fishery HG of 280 mt.

      \i\ Bocaccio south of 40deg10' N lat. The stock is managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40deg10' N lat. and within the Minor

      Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40deg10' N lat. 46.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt), EFP

      catch (40 mt) and research catch (5.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,051 mt. The California recreational fishery south of 40deg10' N lat has an

      HG of 863.4 mt.

      \j\ Cabezon (California). 0.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 147 mt.

      \k\ California scorpionfish south of 34deg27' N lat. 2.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (2.2 mt) and

      research catch (0.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 311 mt.

      \l\ Canary rockfish. 67.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.3 mt), EFP catch

      (8 mt), and research catch (7.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,383 mt. Recreational HGs are: 47.1 mt (Washington); 70.7 mt (Oregon); and 127.3 mt

      (California).

      \m\ Chilipepper rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Chilipepper are managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40deg10' N lat. and

      within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40deg10' N lat. 84.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery

      (11.5 mt), EFP fishing (60 mt), and research catch (13.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,451 mt.

      \n\ Darkblotched rockfish. 33.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (0.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (24.5 mt),

      EFP catch (0.6 mt), and research catch (8.5 mt) resulting in a fishery HG of 731 mt.

      \o\ Dover sole. 1,595.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,497 mt), the incidental open access fishery (49.3 mt), EFP

      fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (49.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 48,404 mt.

      \p\ English sole. 216.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (8.1 mt), EFP fishing

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 9,874 mt.

      \q\ Lingcod north of 40deg10' N lat. 278 mt is deducted from the ACL for the Tribal fishery (250 mt), the incidental open access fishery (9.8 mt), EFP

      catch (1.6 mt) and research catch (16.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 4,593 mt.

      \r\ Lingcod south of 40deg10' N lat. 11.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.1 mt) and research catch

      (3.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,028 mt.

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      \s\ Longnose skate. 148.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (130 mt), incidental open access fishery (5.7 mt), EFP catch

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (12.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,852 mt.

      \t\ Longspine thornyhead north of 34deg27' N lat. 50.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open

      access fishery (6.2 mt), and research catch (14.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,553 mt.

      \u\ Longspine thornyhead south of 34deg27' N lat. 1.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate research catch, resulting in a fishery HG of 821 mt.

      \v\ Pacific cod. 506.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (500 mt), research catch (5.5 mt), EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and the

      incidental open access fishery (0.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,094 mt.

      \w\ Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting are assessed annually. The final specifications will be determined consistent with the U.S.-Canada Pacific Whiting

      Agreement and will be announced after the Council's April 2019 meeting.

      \x\ Pacific ocean perch north of 40deg10' N lat. 22.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (9.2 mt), the incidental open

      access fishery (10 mt), EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (3.1 mt) resulting in a fishery HG of 4,318 mt.

      \y\ Petrale sole. 320.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (290 mt), the incidental open access fishery (6.4 mt), EFP catch

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (24.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,587 mt.

      \z\ Sablefish north of 36deg N lat. The 40-10 adjustment is applied to the ABC to derive a coastwide ACL value because the stock is in the

      precautionary zone. This coastwide ACL value is not specified in regulations. The coastwide ACL value is apportioned north and south of 36deg N

      lat., using the 2003-2014 average estimated swept area biomass from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey, with 73.8 percent apportioned north of 36deg N lat.

      and 26.2 percent apportioned south of 36deg N lat. The northern ACL is 5,606 mt and is reduced by 561 mt for the Tribal allocation (10 percent of

      the ACL north of 36deg N lat.). The 561 mt Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent to account for discard mortality. Detailed sablefish

      allocations are shown in Table 1c.

      \aa\ Sablefish south of 36deg N lat. The ACL for the area south of 36deg N lat. is 1,990 mt (26.2 percent of the calculated coastwide ACL value).

      4.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt) and research catch (2.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of

      1,986 mt.

      \bb\ Shortbelly rockfish. 17.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.9 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), and research

      catch (8.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 483 mt.

      \cc\ Shortspine thornyhead north of 34deg27' N lat. 65.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open

      access fishery (4.7 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), and research catch (10.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,618 mt for the area north of 34deg27' N

      lat.

      \dd\ Shortspine thornyhead south of 34deg27' N lat. 1.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt) and

      research catch (0.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 889 mt for the area south of 34deg27' N lat.

      \ee\ Spiny dogfish. 333 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (275 mt), the incidental open access fishery (22.6 mt), EFP catch

      (1.1 mt), and research catch (34.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,738 mt.

      \ff\ Splitnose rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Splitnose rockfish in the north is managed in the Slope Rockfish complex and with stock-specific

      harvest specifications south of 40deg10' N lat. 16.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (5.8 mt),

      research catch (9.3 mt) and EFP catch (1.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,733 mt.

      \gg\ Starry flounder. 18.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), research catch (0.6 mt), and the

      incidental open access fishery (16.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 433 mt.

      \hh\ Widow rockfish. 248.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.1 mt), EFP

      catch (28 mt) and research catch (17.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 11,583 mt.

      \ii\ Yellowtail rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 1,045.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,000 mt), the incidental

      open access fishery (4.5 mt), EFP catch (20 mt) and research catch (20.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 5,234 mt.

      \jj\ Black rockfish/Blue rockfish/Deacon rockfish (Oregon). 1.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt)

      and EFP catch (0.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 616 mt.

      \kk\ Cabezon/kelp greenling (Oregon). 0.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate EFP catch, resulting in a fishery HG of 218 mt.

      \ll\ Cabezon/kelp greenling (Washington). There are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is equal to the ACL of 11 mt.

      \mm\ Nearshore Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 2.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1.5 mt), EFP fishing (0.1 mt),

      research catch (0.3 mt) and the incidental open access fishery (0.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 79 mt.

      \nn\ Shelf Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 76.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access

      fishery (17.7 mt), EFP catch (4.5 mt), and research catch (24.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,977 mt.

      \oo\ Slope Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 80.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (36 mt), the incidental open access

      fishery (21.7 mt), EFP catch (1.5 mt), and research catch (21.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,665 mt.

      \pp\ Nearshore Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. 4.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.4 mt) and

      research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,138 mt.

      \qq\ Shelf Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. 79.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (4.6 mt), EFP catch

      (60 mt), and research catch (14.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,546 mt.

      \rr\ Slope Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. 20.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (16.9 mt), EFP catch

      (1 mt), and research catch (2.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 724 mt. Blackgill rockfish has a stock-specific HG for the entire groundfish fishery

      south of 40deg10' N lat. set equal to the species' contribution to the 40-10-adjusted ACL. Harvest of blackgill rockfish in all groundfish fisheries

      south of 40deg10' N lat. counts against this HG of 159 mt.

      \ss\ Other Flatfish. The Other Flatfish complex is comprised of flatfish species managed in the PCGFMP that are not managed with stock-specific OFLs/

      ABCs/ACLs. Most of the species in the Other Flatfish complex are unassessed and include: Butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab,

      rock sole, sand sole, and rex sole. 249.5 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (60 mt), the incidental open access fishery

      (161.6 mt), EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (27.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 6,249 mt.

      \tt\ Other Fish. The Other Fish complex is comprised of kelp greenling off California and leopard shark coastwide. 8.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to

      accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.8 mt) and research catch (0.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 230 mt.

      Table 1b to Part 660, Subpart C--2019, Allocations by Species or Species Group

      Weight in metric tons

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      Trawl Non-trawl

      Stocks/stock complexes Area Fishery HG or ---------------------------------------------------------------

      ACT \a\ \b\ % Mt % Mt

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      Arrowtooth flounder...................... Coastwide................... 13,479.1 95 12,805.1 5 674.0

      Big skate \a\............................ Coastwide................... 452.1 95 429.5 5 22.6

      Bocaccio \a\............................. S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,050.9 39 800.7 61 1,250.2

      Canary rockfish \a\ \c\.................. Coastwide................... 1,382.9 72 999.6 28 383.3

      Chilipepper rockfish..................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,451.1 75 1,838.3 25 612.8

      COWCOD \a\ \b\........................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 6.0 36 2.2 64 3.8

      Darkblotched rockfish \d\................ Coastwide................... 731.2 95 694.6 5 36.6

      Dover sole............................... Coastwide................... 48,404.4 95 45,984.2 5 2,420.2

      English sole............................. Coastwide................... 9,873.8 95 9,380.1 5 493.7

      Lingcod.................................. N of 40'10deg N lat....... 4,593.0 45 2,066.9 55 2,526.2

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      Lingcod.................................. S of 40'10deg N lat....... 1,027.7 45 462.5 55 565.2

      Longnose skate \a\....................... Coastwide................... 1,851.7 90 1,666.5 10 185.2

      Longspine thornyhead..................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 2,552.6 95 2,425.0 5 127.6

      Pacific cod.............................. Coastwide................... 1,093.8 95 1,039.1 5 54.7

      Pacific whiting.......................... Coastwide................... TBD 100 TBD 0 TBD

      Pacific ocean perch \e\.................. N of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,317.6 95 4,101.7 5 215.9

      Petrale sole............................. Coastwide................... 2,587.4 95 2,458.0 5 129.4

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      Sablefish................................ N of 36deg N lat.......... NA See Table 1c

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      Sablefish................................ S of 36deg N lat.......... 1,985.8 42 834.0 58 1,151.8

      Shortspine thornyhead.................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 1,617.7 95 1,536.8 5 80.9

      Shortspine thornyhead.................... S of 34deg27' N lat....... 888.8 NA 50.0 NA 838.8

      Splitnose rockfish....................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,733.4 95 1,646.7 5 86.7

      Starry flounder.......................... Coastwide................... 433.2 50 216.6 50 216.6

      Widow rockfish \f\....................... Coastwide................... 11,582.6 91 10,540.2 9 1,042.4

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH....................... Coastwide................... 41.9 8 3.4 92 38.6

      Yellowtail rockfish...................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 5,233.9 88 4,605.8 12 628.1

      Minor Shelf Rockfish North \a\........... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,977.1 60.2 1,190.2 39.8 786.9

      Minor Shelf Rockfish South \a\........... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,545.9 12.2 188.6 87.8 1,357.3

      Minor Slope Rockfish North............... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,665.2 81 1,348.8 19 316.4

      Minor Slope Rockfish South............... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 723.8 63 456.0 37 267.8

      Other Flatfish........................... Coastwide................... 6,248.5 90 5,623.7 10 624.9

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      \a\ Allocations decided through the biennial specification process.

      \b\ The cowcod fishery harvest guideline is further reduced to an ACT of 6.0 mt.

      \c\ 46 mt of the total trawl allocation of canary rockfish is allocated to the MS and C/P sectors, as follows: 30 mt for the MS sector, and 16 mt for

      the C/P sector.

      \d\ Consistent with regulations at Sec. 660.55(c), 9 percent (62.5 mt) of the total trawl allocation for darkblotched rockfish is allocated to the

      Pacific whiting fishery, as follows: 26.3 mt for the Shorebased IFQ Program, 15.0 mt for the MS sector, and 21.3 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage

      calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found at Sec.

      660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).

      \e\ Consistent with regulations at Sec. 660.55(c), 17 percent (697.3 mt) of the total trawl allocation for Pacific ocean perch is allocated to the

      Pacific whiting fishery, as follows: 292.9 mt for the Shorebased IFQ Program, 167.4 mt for the MS sector, and 237.1 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage

      calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found at Sec.

      660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).

      \f\ Consistent with regulations at Sec. 660.55(c), 10 percent (1,054 mt) of the total trawl allocation for widow rockfish is allocated to the whiting

      fisheries, as follows: 442.7 mt for the shorebased IFQ fishery, 253 mt for the mothership fishery, and 358.4 mt for the catcher/processor fishery. The

      tonnage calculated here for the whiting portion of the shorebased IFQ fishery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found at

      Sec. 660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).

      Table 1c to Part 660, Subpart C--Sablefish North of 36deg N lat. Allocations, 2019

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      Set-asides Limited Entry HG Open Access HG

      Year ACL -------------------------- Recreational EFP Commercial ---------------------------------------------------

      Tribal \a\ Research estimate HG Percent mt Percent mt \b\

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    93. 5,606 561 30.68 6 1.1 5,007 90.6 4,537 9.4 471

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      Limited entry trawl \c\ Limited entry fixed gear \d\

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      Year LE All At-sea Shorebased

      All trawl whiting IFQ All FG Primary DTL

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    94. 4,537 2,631 50 2,581 1,905 1,620 286

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      \a\ The tribal allocation is further reduced by 1.5 percent for discard mortality resulting in 553 mt in 2019.

      \b\ The open access HG is taken by the incidental OA fishery and the directed OA fishery.

      \c\ The trawl allocation is 58 percent of the limited entry HG.

      \d\ The limited entry fixed gear allocation is 42 percent of the limited entry HG.

      Table 1d to Part 660, Subpart C--At-Sea Whiting Fishery Annual Set-

      Asides, 2019

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      Stock or stock complex Area Set aside (mt)

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      COWCOD....................... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH........... Coastwide............ 0.

      Arrowtooth flounder.......... Coastwide............ 70.

      Bocaccio..................... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Canary rockfish \a\.......... Coastwide............ Allocation.

      Chilipepper rockfish......... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Darkblotched rockfish \b\.... Coastwide............ 36.3.

      Dover sole................... Coastwide............ 5.

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      English sole................. Coastwide............ 5.

      Lingcod...................... N of 40deg10 N lat. 15.

      Lingcod...................... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Longnose skate............... Coastwide............ 5.

      Longspine thornyhead......... N of 34deg27 N lat. 5.

      Longspine thornyhead......... S of 34deg27 N lat. NA.

      Minor Nearshore Rockfish..... N of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Minor Nearshore Rockfish..... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Minor Shelf Rockfish......... N of 40deg10 N lat. 35.

      Minor Shelf Rockfish......... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Minor Slope Rockfish......... N of 40deg10 N lat. 100.

      Minor Slope Rockfish......... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA.

      Other Fish................... Coastwide............ NA.

      Other Flatfish............... Coastwide............ 20.

      Pacific cod.................. Coastwide............ 5.

      Pacific Halibut \c\.......... Coastwide............ 10.

      Pacific ocean perch \d\...... N of 40deg10 N lat. 404.5.

      Pacific Whiting.............. Coastwide............ Allocation.

      Petrale sole................. Coastwide............ 5.

      Sablefish.................... N of 36deg N lat... 50.

      Sablefish.................... S of 36deg N lat... NA.

      Shortspine thornyhead........ N of 34deg27 N lat. 30.

      Shortspine thornyhead........ S of 34deg27 N lat. NA.

      Starry flounder.............. Coastwide............ 5.

      Widow rockfish \a\........... Coastwide............ Allocation.

      Yellowtail rockfish.......... N of 40deg10 N lat. 300.

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      \a\ See Table 1b to this subpart for the at-sea whiting allocations for

      these species.

      \b\ Darkblotched rockfish will be managed as set-asides for the MS and C/

      P sectors based on pro-rata distribution described at Sec.

      660.55(c)(1)(i)(A), resulting in a set-aside of 15.0 mt for the MS

      sector, and a set-aside of 21.3 mt for the C/P sector.

      \c\ As stated in Sec. 660.55(m), the Pacific halibut set-aside is 10

      mt, to accommodate bycatch in the at-sea Pacific whiting fisheries and

      in the shorebased trawl sector south of 40deg10 N lat. (estimated to

      be approximately 5 mt each).

      \d\ Pacific ocean perch will be managed as set-asides for the MS and C/P

      sectors based on pro-rata distribution described at Sec.

      660.55(c)(1)(i)(B), resulting in a set-aside of 167.4 mt for the MS

      sector, and a set-aside of 237.1 mt for the C/P sector.

      0

    95. Tables 2a to part 660, subpart C, through 2d to part 660, subpart C, are revised to read as follows:

      Sec.

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      Table 2a to Part 660, Subpart C--2020, and Beyond, SpecificatioN of OFL, ABC, ACL, ACT and Fishery Harvest Guidelines (Weights in Metric Tons)

      Table 2b to Part 660, Subpart C--2020, and Beyond, Allocations by Species or Species Group Weight in Metric Tons

      Table 2c to Part 660, Subpart C--Sablefish North of 36deg N lat. Allocations, 2020 and Beyond

      Table 2d to Part 660, Subpart C--At-Sea Whiting Fishery Annual Set-

      Asides, 2020 and Beyond

      * * * * *

      Table 2a to Part 660, Subpart C--2020, and Beyond, SpecificatioN of OFL, ABC, ACL, ACT and Fishery Harvest Guidelines

      Weights in metric tons

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      Stocks/stock complexes Area OFL ABC ACL \a\ Fishery HG \b\

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      COWCOD \c\.............................. S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 76 68 10 8.

      COWCOD.................................. (Conception)................... 62 57 NA NA.

      COWCOD.................................. (Monterey)..................... 13 11 NA NA.

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH \d\.................. Coastwide...................... 84 77 49 43.

      Arrowtooth Flounder \e\................. Coastwide...................... 15,306 12,750 12,750 10,655.

      Big Skate \f\........................... Coastwide...................... 541 494 494 452.

      Black Rockfish \g\...................... California (S of 42deg N 341 326 326 325.

      lat.).

      Black Rockfish \h\...................... Washington (N of 46deg16' N 311 297 297 279.

      lat.).

      Bocaccio \i\............................ S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 2,104 2,011 2,011 1,965.

      Cabezon \j\............................. California (S of 42deg N 153 146 146 146.

      lat.).

      California Scorpionfish \k\............. S of 34deg27' N lat.......... 331 307 307 305.

      Canary Rockfish \l\..................... Coastwide...................... 1,431 1,368 1,368 1,301.

      Chilipepper Rockfish \m\................ S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 2,521 2,410 2,410 2,325.

      Darkblotched Rockfish \n\............... Coastwide...................... 853 815 815 781.

      Dover Sole \o\.......................... Coastwide...................... 92,048 87,998 50,000 48,404.

      English Sole \p\........................ Coastwide...................... 11,101 10,135 10,135 9,919.

      Lingcod \q\............................. N of 40deg10' N lat.......... 4,768 4,558 4,541 4,263.

      Lingcod \r\............................. S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 977 934 869 858.

      Longnose Skate \s\...................... Coastwide...................... 2,474 2,365 2,000 1,852.

      Longspine Thornyhead \t\................ N of 34deg27' N lat.......... 3,901 3,250 2,470 2,420.

      Longspine Thornyhead \u\................ S of 34deg27' N lat.......... 780 779.

      Pacific Cod \v\......................... Coastwide...................... 3,200 2,221 1,600 1,094.

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      Pacific Whiting \w\..................... Coastwide...................... (\w\) (\w\) (\w\) (\w\)

      Pacific Ocean Perch \x\................. N of 40deg10' N lat.......... 4,632 4,229 4,229 4,207.

      Petrale Sole \y\........................ Coastwide...................... 2,976 2,845 2,845 2,524.

      Sablefish \z\........................... N of 36deg N lat............. 8,648 7,896 5,723 See Table 2c.

      Sablefish \aa\.......................... S of 36deg N lat............. 2,032 2,028.

      Shortbelly Rockfish \bb\................ Coastwide...................... 6,950 5,789 500 483.

      Shortspine Thornyhead \cc\.............. N of 34deg27' N lat.......... 3,063 2,551 1,669 1,604.

      Shortspine Thornyhead \dd\.............. S of 34deg27' N lat.......... 883 882.

      Spiny Dogfish \ee\...................... Coastwide...................... 2,472 2,059 2,059 1,726.

      Splitnose Rockfish \ff\................. S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 1,810 1,731 1,731 1,714.

      Starry Flounder \gg\.................... Coastwide...................... 652 452 452 433.

      Widow Rockfish \hh\..................... Coastwide...................... 11,714 11,199 11,199 10,951.

      Yellowtail Rockfish \ii\................ N of 40deg10' N lat.......... 6,261 5,986 5,986 4,941.

      Black Rockfish/Blue Rockfish/Deacon Oregon (Between 46deg16' N 670 611 611 609.

      Rockfish \jj\. lat. and 42deg N lat.).

      Cabezon/Kelp Greenling \kk\............. Oregon (Between 46deg16' N 216 204 204 204.

      lat. and 42deg N lat.).

      Cabezon/Kelp Greenling \ll\............. Washington (N of 46deg16' N 12 10 10 10.

      lat.).

      Nearshore Rockfish \mm\................. N of 40deg10' N lat.......... 92 82 82 79.

      Shelf Rockfish \nn\..................... N of 40deg10' N lat.......... 2,302 2,048 2,048 1,971.

      Slope Rockfish \oo\..................... N of 40deg10' N lat.......... 1,873 1,732 1,732 1,651.

      Nearshore Rockfish \pp\................. S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 1,322 1,165 1,163 1,159.

      Shelf Rockfish \qq\..................... S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 1,919 1,626 1,625 1,546.

      Slope Rockfish \rr\..................... S of 40deg10' N lat.......... 855 743 743 723.

      Other Flatfish \ss\..................... Coastwide...................... 8,202 6,041 6,041 5,792.

      Other Fish \tt\......................... Coastwide...................... 286 239 239 230.

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      \a\ Annual catch limits (ACLs), annual catch targets (ACTs) and harvest guidelines (HGs) are specified as total catch values.

      \b\ Fishery HGs means the HG or quota after subtracting Pacific Coast treaty Indian tribes allocations and projected catch, projected research catch,

      deductions for fishing mortality in non-groundfish fisheries, and deductions for EFPs from the ACL or ACT.

      \c\ Cowcod south of 40deg10' N lat. 2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate EFP fishing (less than 0.1 mt) and research activity (2 mt),

      resulting in a fishery HG of 8 mt. Any additional mortality in research activities will be deducted from the ACL. A single ACT of 6 mt is being set

      for the Conception and Monterey areas combined.

      \d\ Yelloweye rockfish. The 49 mt ACL is based on the current rebuilding plan with a target year to rebuild of 2029 and an SPR harvest rate of 65

      percent. 6.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2.3 mt), the incidental open access fishery (0.62 mt), EFP catch (0.24 mt)

      and research catch (2.92 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 43 mt. The non-trawl HG is 39.5 mt. The non-nearshore HG is 2.1 mt and the nearshore HG is

      6.2 mt. Recreational HGs are: 10.2 mt (Washington); 9.1 mt (Oregon); and 11.9 mt (California). In addition, there are the following ACTs: Non-

      nearshore (1.7 mt), nearshore (4.9 mt), Washington recreational (8.1 mt), Oregon recreational (7.2 mt), and California recreational (9.4 mt).

      \e\ Arrowtooth flounder. 2,094.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2,041 mt), the incidental open access fishery (40.8 mt),

      EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (13 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 10,655 mt.

      \f\ Big skate. 41.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (15 mt), the incidental open access fishery (21.3 mt), EFP fishing

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (5.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 452 mt.

      \g\ Black rockfish (California). 1.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate EFP fishing (1.0 mt) and the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt),

      resulting in a fishery HG of 325 mt.

      \h\ Black rockfish (Washington). 18.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (18 mt) and research catch (0.1 mt), resulting in a

      fishery HG of 279 mt.

      \i\ Bocaccio south of 40deg10' N lat. The stock is managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40deg10' N lat. and within the Minor

      Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40deg10' N lat. 46.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt), EFP

      catch (40 mt) and research catch (5.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,965 mt. The California recreational fishery has an HG of 827.2 mt.

      \j\ Cabezon (California). 0.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery, resulting in a fishery HG of 146 mt.

      \k\ California scorpionfish south of 34deg27' N lat. 2.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (2.2 mt) and

      research catch (0.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 305 mt.

      \l\ Canary rockfish. 67.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open access fishery (1.3 mt), EFP catch

      (8 mt), and research catch (7.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,301 mt. Recreational HGs are: 44.3 mt (Washington); 66.5 mt (Oregon); and 119.7 mt

      (California).

      \m\ Chilipepper rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Chilipepper are managed with stock-specific harvest specifications south of 40deg10'N lat. and

      within the Minor Shelf Rockfish complex north of 40deg10' N lat. 84.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery

      (11.5 mt), EFP fishing (60 mt), and research catch (13.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,325 mt.

      \n\ Darkblotched rockfish. 33.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (0.2 mt), the incidental open access fishery (24.5 mt),

      EFP catch (0.6 mt), and research catch (8.5 mt) resulting in a fishery HG of 781 mt.

      \o\ Dover sole. 1,595.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,497 mt), the incidental open access fishery (49.3 mt), EFP

      fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (49.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 48,404 mt.

      \p\ English sole. 216.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (8.1 mt), EFP fishing

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 9,919 mt.

      \q\ Lingcod north of 40deg10' N lat. 278 mt is deducted from the ACL for the Tribal fishery (250 mt), the incidental open access fishery (9.8 mt), EFP

      catch (1.6 mt) and research catch (16.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 4,263 mt.

      \r\ Lingcod south of 40deg10' N lat. 11.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.1 mt) and research catch

      (3.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 858 mt.

      \s\ Longnose skate. 148.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (130 mt), incidental open access fishery (5.7 mt), EFP catch

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (12.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,852 mt.

      \t\ Longspine thornyhead. 50.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access fishery (6.2 mt), and

      research catch (14.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,420 mt.

      \u\ Longspine thornyhead south of 34deg27' N lat. 1.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to research catch, resulting in a fishery HG of 779 mt.

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      \v\ Pacific cod. 506.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (500 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), research catch (5.5 mt), and the

      incidental open access fishery (0.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,094 mt.

      \w\ Pacific whiting. Pacific whiting are assessed annually. The final specifications will be determined consistent with the U.S.-Canada Pacific Whiting

      Agreement and will be announced after the Council's April 2020 meeting.

      \x\ Pacific ocean perch north of 40deg10' N lat. 22.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (9.2 mt), the incidental open

      access fishery (10 mt), EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (3.1 mt)-resulting in a fishery HG of 4,207 mt.

      \y\ Petrale sole. 320.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (290 mt), the incidental open access fishery (6.4 mt), EFP catch

      (0.1 mt), and research catch (24.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,524 mt.

      \z\ Sablefish north of 36deg N lat. The 40-10 adjustment is applied to the ABC to derive a coastwide ACL value because the stock is in the

      precautionary zone. This coastwide ACL value is not specified in regulations. The coastwide ACL value is apportioned north and south of 36deg N

      lat., using the 2003-2014 average estimated swept area biomass from the NMFS NWFSC trawl survey, with 73.8 percent apportioned north of 36deg N lat.

      and 26.2 percent apportioned south of 36deg N lat. The northern ACL is 5,723 mt and is reduced by 572 mt for the Tribal allocation (10 perceN of the

      ACL north of 36deg N lat.). The 572 mt Tribal allocation is reduced by 1.5 percent to account for discard mortality. Detailed sablefish allocations

      are shown in Table 2c.

      \aa\ Sablefish south of 36deg N lat. The ACL for the area south of 36deg N lat. is 2,032 mt (26.2 perceN of the calculated coastwide ACL value). 4.2

      mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.8 mt) and research catch (2.4 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 2,028

      mt.

      \bb\ Shortbelly rockfish. 17.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.9 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), and research

      catch (8.2 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 483 mt.

      \cc\ Shortspine thornyhead north of 34deg27' N lat. 65.3 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (50 mt), the incidental open

      access fishery (4.7 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), and research catch (10.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,604 mt for the area north of 34deg27' N

      lat.

      \dd\ Shortspine thornyhead south of 34deg27' N lat. 1.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.5 mt) and

      research catch (0.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 882 mt for the area south of 34deg27' N lat.

      \ee\ Spiny dogfish. 333 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (275 mt), the incidental open access fishery (22.6 mt), EFP catch

      (1.1 mt), and research catch (34.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,726 mt.

      \ff\ Splitnose rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. Splitnose rockfish in the north is managed in the Slope Rockfish complex and with stock-specific

      harvest specifications south of 40deg10' N lat. 16.6 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (5.8 mt),

      research catch (9.3 mt) and EFP catch (1.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,714 mt.

      \gg\ Starry flounder. 18.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (2 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt), research catch (0.6 mt), and the

      incidental open access fishery (16.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 433 mt.

      \hh\ Widow rockfish. 248.4 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (200 mt), the incidental open access fishery (3.1 mt), EFP

      catch (28 mt) and research catch (17.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 10,951 mt.

      \ii\ Yellowtail rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 1,045.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1,000 mt), the incidental

      open access fishery (4.5 mt), EFP catch (20 mt) and research catch (20.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 4,941 mt.

      \jj\ Black rockfishBlue rockfishDeacon rockfish (Oregon). 1.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (0.3 mt) and

      EFP catch (0.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 609 mt.

      \kk\ CabezonKelp greenling (Oregon). 0.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate EFP catch, resulting in a fishery HG of 204 mt.

      \ll\ CabezonKelp greenling (Washington). There are no deductions from the ACL so the fishery HG is equal to the ACL of 10 mt.

      \mm\ Nearshore Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 2.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (1.5 mt), EFP catch (0.1 mt),

      research catch (0.3), and the incidental open access fishery (0.9 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 79 mt.

      \nn\ Shelf Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 76.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (30 mt), the incidental open access

      fishery (17.7 mt), EFP catch (4.5 mt), and research catch (24.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,971 mt.

      \oo\ Slope Rockfish north of 40deg10' N lat. 80.8 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (36 mt), the incidental open access

      fishery (21.7 mt), EFP catch (1.5 mt), and research catch (21.6 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,651 mt.

      \pp\ Nearshore Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. 4.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (1.4 mt) and

      research catch (2.7 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,159 mt.

      \qq\ Shelf Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. 79.1 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (4.6 mt), EFP catch

      (60 mt), and research catch (14.5 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 1,546 mt.

      \rr\ Slope Rockfish south of 40deg10' N lat. 20.2 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the incidental open access fishery (16.9 mt), EFP catch

      (1 mt), and research catch (2.3 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 723 mt. Blackgill rockfish has a stock-specific HG for the entire groundfish fishery

      south of 40deg10' N lat. set equal to the species' contribution to the 40-10-adjusted ACL. HarveS of blackgill rockfish in all groundfish fisheries

      south of 40deg10' N lat. counts against this HG of 159 mt.

      \ss\ Other Flatfish. The Other Flatfish complex is comprised of flatfish species managed in the PCGFMP that are not managed with stock-specific OFLs/

      ABCs/ACLs. MoS of the species in the Other Flatfish complex are unassessed and include: butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab,

      rock sole, sand sole, and rex sole. 249.5 mt is deducted from the ACL to accommodate the Tribal fishery (60 mt), the incidental open access fishery

      (161.6 mt), EFP fishing (0.1 mt), and research catch (27.8 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 5,792 mt.

      \tt\ Other Fish. The Other Fish complex is comprised of kelp greenliN off California and leopard shark coastwide. 8.9 mt is deducted from the ACL to

      accommodate the incidental open access fishery (8.8 mt) and research catch (0.1 mt), resulting in a fishery HG of 230 mt.

      Table 2b to Part 660, Subpart C--2020, and Beyond, Allocations by Species or Species Group

      Weight in metric tons

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      Trawl Non-trawl

      Stocks/stock complexes Area Fishery HG or ---------------------------------------------------------------

      ACT \a\ \b\ % Mt % Mt

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      Arrowtooth flounder....................... Coastwide................... 10,655.1 95 10,122.3 5 532.8

      Big skate \a\............................. Coastwide................... 452.1 95 429.5 5 22.6

      Bocaccio \a\.............................. S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,964.9 39 767.1 61 1,197.8

      Canary rockfish \a\ \d\................... Coastwide................... 1,300.9 72 940.3 28 360.6

      Chilipepper rockfish...................... S of 40deg10' N lat....... 2,325.1 75 1,743.8 25 581.3

      COWCOD \a\ \b\............................ S of 40deg10' N lat....... 6.0 36 2.2 64 3.8

      Darkblotched rockfish \c\................. Coastwide................... 781.2 95 742.1 5 39.1

      Dover sole................................ Coastwide................... 48,404.4 95 45,984.2 5 2,420.2

      English sole.............................. Coastwide................... 9,918.8 95 9,422.9 5 495.9

      Lingcod................................... N of 40'10deg N lat....... 4,263.0 45 1,918.4 55 2,344.7

      Lingcod................................... S of 40'10deg N lat....... 857.7 45 386.0 55 471.7

      Longnose skate \a\........................ Coastwide................... 1,851.7 90 1,666.5 10 185.2

      Longspine thornyhead...................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 2,419.6 95 2,298.6 5 121.0

      Pacific cod............................... Coastwide................... 1,093.8 95 1,039.1 5 54.7

      Pacific whiting........................... Coastwide................... TBD 100 \f\ 0 TBD

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      Pacific ocean perch \e\................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,206.6 95 3,996.3 5 210.3

      Petrale sole.............................. Coastwide................... 2,524.4 95 2,398.2 5 126.2

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      Sablefish................................. N of 36deg N lat.......... NA See Table 2c

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      Sablefish................................. S of 36deg N lat.......... 2,027.8 42 851.7 58 1,176.1

      Shortspine thornyhead..................... N of 34deg27' N lat....... 1,603.7 95 1,523.5 5 80.2

      Shortspine thornyhead..................... S of 34deg27' N lat....... 881.8 NA 50.0 NA 831.8

      Splitnose rockfish........................ S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,714.4 95 1,628.7 5 85.7

      Starry flounder........................... Coastwide................... 433.2 50 216.6 50 216.6

      Widow rockfish \f\........................ Coastwide................... 10,950.6 91 9,965.0 9 985.6

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH........................ Coastwide................... 42.9 8 3.4 92 39.5

      Yellowtail rockfish....................... N of 40deg10' N lat....... 4,940.9 88 4,348.0 12 592.9

      Minor Shelf Rockfish North................ N of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,971.1 60.2 1,186.6 39.8 784.5

      Minor Shelf Rockfish South................ S of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,545.9 12.2 188.6 87.8 1,357.3

      Minor Slope Rockfish North................ N of 40deg10' N lat....... 1,651.2 81 1,337.5 19 313.7

      Minor Slope Rockfish South................ S of 40deg10' N lat....... 722.8 63 455.4 37 267.4

      Other Flatfish............................ Coastwide................... 5,791.5 90 5,212.4 10 579.2

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      \a\ Allocations decided through the biennial specification process.

      \b\ The cowcod fishery harvest guideline is further reduced to an ACT of 6.0 mt.

      \c\ 46 mt of the total trawl allocation of canary rockfish is allocated to the MS and C/P sectors, as follows: 30 mt for the MS sector, and 16 mt for

      the C/P sector.

      \d\ Consistent with regulations at Sec. 660.55(c), 9 percent (66.8 mt) of the total trawl allocation for darkblotched rockfish is allocated to the

      Pacific whiting fishery, as follows: 28.1 mt for the Shorebased IFQ Program, 16.0 mt for the MS sector, and 22.7 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage

      calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found at Sec.

      660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).

      \e\ Consistent with regulations at Sec. 660.55(c), 17 percent (679.4 mt) of the total trawl allocation for Pacific ocean perch is allocated to the

      Pacific whiting fishery, as follows: 285.3 mt for the Shorebased IFQ Program, 163.0 mt for the MS sector, and 231.0 mt for the C/P sector. The tonnage

      calculated here for the Pacific whiting IFQ fishery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found at Sec.

      660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).

      \f\ Consistent with regulations at Sec. 660.55(c), 10 percent (996.5 mt) of the total trawl allocation for widow rockfish is allocated to the whiting

      fisheries, as follows: 418.5 mt for the shorebased IFQ fishery, 239.2 mt for the mothership fishery, and 338.8 mt for the catcher/processor fishery.

      The tonnage calculated here for the whiting portion of the shorebased IFQ fishery contributes to the total shorebased trawl allocation, which is found

      at Sec. 660.140(d)(1)(ii)(D).

      Table 2c to Part 660, Subpart C--Sablefish North of 36deg N Lat. Allocations, 2020 and Beyond

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      Set-asides Limited entry HG Open access HG

      Year ACL -------------------------- Recreational EFP Commercial ---------------------------------------------------

      Tribal \a\ Research estimate HG Percent mt Percent mt \b\

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    96. 5,723 572 30.68 6 1.1 5,113 90.6 4,632 9.4 481

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      Limited entry trawl \c\ Limited entry fixed gear \d\

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      Year LE All At-sea Shorebased

      All trawl whiting IFQ All FG Primary DTL

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    97. 4,632 2,687 50 2,637 1,946 1,654 292

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      \a\ The tribal allocation is further reduced by 1.5 percent for discard mortality resulting in 563 mt in 2020.

      \b\ The open access HG is taken by the incidental OA fishery and the directed OA fishery.

      \c\ The trawl allocation is 58 percent of the limited entry HG.

      \d\ The limited entry fixed gear allocation is 42 percent of the limited entry HG.

      Table 2d to Part 660, Subpart C--At-Sea Whiting Fishery Annual Set-

      Asides, 2020 and Beyond

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      Stock or stock complex Area Set aside (mt)

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      COWCOD....................... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH........... Coastwide............ 0

      Arrowtooth flounder.......... Coastwide............ 70

      Bocaccio..................... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      Canary rockfish \a\.......... Coastwide............ Allocation

      Chilipepper rockfish......... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      Darkblotched rockfish \b\.... Coastwide............ 38.7

      Dover sole................... Coastwide............ 5

      English sole................. Coastwide............ 5

      Lingcod...................... N of 40deg10 N lat. 15

      Lingcod...................... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      Longnose skate............... Coastwide............ 5

      Longspine thornyhead......... N of 34deg27 N lat. 5

      Longspine thornyhead......... S of 34deg27 N lat. NA

      Minor Nearshore Rockfish..... N of 40deg10 N lat. NA

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      Minor Nearshore Rockfish..... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      Minor Shelf Rockfish......... N of 40deg10 N lat. 35

      Minor Shelf Rockfish......... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      Minor Slope Rockfish......... N of 40deg10 N lat. 100

      Minor Slope Rockfish......... S of 40deg10 N lat. NA

      Other Fish................... Coastwide............ NA

      Other Flatfish............... Coastwide............ 20

      Pacific cod.................. Coastwide............ 5

      Pacific Halibut \c\.......... Coastwide............ 10

      Pacific ocean perch \d\...... N of 40deg10 N lat. 394

      Pacific Whiting.............. Coastwide............ Allocation

      Petrale sole................. Coastwide............ 5

      Sablefish.................... N of 36deg N lat... 50

      Sablefish.................... S of 36deg N lat... NA

      Shortspine thornyhead........ N of 34deg27 N lat. 30

      Shortspine thornyhead........ S of 34deg27 N lat. NA

      Starry flounder.............. Coastwide............ 5

      Widow Rockfish \a\........... Coastwide............ Allocation

      Yellowtail rockfish.......... N of 40deg10 N lat. 300

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      \a\ See Table 1b to this subpart for the at-sea whiting allocations for

      these species.

      \b\ Darkblotched rockfish will be managed as set-asides for the MS and C/

      P sectors based on pro-rata distribution described at Sec.

      660.55(c)(1)(i)(A), resulting in a set-aside of 16.0 mt for the MS

      sector, and a set-aside of 22.7 mt for the C/P sector.

      \c\ As stated in Sec. 660.55(m), the Pacific halibut set-aside is 10

      mt, to accommodate bycatch in the at-sea Pacific whiting fisheries and

      in the shorebased trawl sector south of 40deg10 N lat. (estimated to

      be approximately 5 mt each).

      \d\ Pacific ocean perch will be managed as set-asides for the MS and C/P

      sectors based on pro-rata distribution described at Sec.

      660.55(c)(1)(i)(B), resulting in a set-aside of 163 mt for the MS

      sector, and a set-aside of 231 mt for the C/P sector.

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    98. In Sec. 660.130, revise paragraphs (c)(2)(ii) and (iii), (d)(1)(ii), and (e)(6) and add paragraph (e)(8) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.130 Trawl fishery--management measures.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (2) * * *

      (ii) Salmon bycatch mitigation restrictions. The use of small footrope trawl, other than selective flatfish trawl gear, is prohibited between 42deg North latitude and 40deg10' North latitude.

      (iii) Salmon conservation area restrictions. The uS of small footrope trawl, other than of selective flatfish trawl gear, is required inside the Klamath River Salmon Conservation Zone (defined at Sec. 660.131(c)(1)) and the Columbia River Salmon Conservation Zone (defined at Sec. 660.131(c)(2)).

      * * * * *

      (d) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (ii) North of 40deg10' N lat. POP, yellowtail rockfish, Washington cabezon/kelp greenling complex, Oregon cabezon/kelp greenling complex, cabezon off California; and

      * * * * *

      (e) * * *

      (6) Bycatch reduction areas (BRAs). Vessels using midwater groundfish trawl gear during the applicable Pacific whiting primary season may be prohibited from fishing shoreward of a boundary line approximating the 75 fm (137 m), 100 fm (183 m), 150 fm (274 m), or 200 fm (366 m) depth contours.

      * * * * *

      (8) Salmon conservation zones. Fishing with midwater trawl gear and bottom trawl gear, other than selective flatfish trawl gear, is prohibited in the following areas:

      (i) Klamath River Salmon Conservation Zone. The ocean area surrounding the Klamath River mouth bounded on the north by 41deg38.80' N lat. (approximately 6 nm north of the Klamath River mouth), on the west by 124deg23' W long. (approximately 12 nm from shore), and on the south by 41deg26.80' N lat. (approximately 6 nm south of the Klamath River mouth).

      (ii) Columbia River Salmon Conservation Zone. The ocean area surrounding the Columbia River mouth bounded by a line extending for 6 nm due west from North Head along 46deg18' N lat. to 124deg13.30' W long., then southerly along a line of 167 True to 46deg11.10' N lat. and 124deg11' W long. (Columbia River Buoy), then northeast along Red Buoy Line to the tip of the south jetty.

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    99. In Sec. 660.131, remove and reserve paragraph (c)(3) and add paragraph (i) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.131 Pacific whiting fishery management measures.

      * * * * *

      (i) Salmon bycatch. This fishery may be closed through automatic action at Sec. 660.60(d)(1)(v) and (vi).

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    100. In Sec. 660.140, revise paragraphs (d)(1)(ii)(D), (e)(4)(i), (g)(1), (h)(1)(i)(A)(3), and (l)(2) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.140 Shorebased IFQ Program.

      * * * * *

      (d) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (ii) * * *

      (D) For the trawl fishery, NMFS will issue QP based on the following shorebased trawl allocations:

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      2019 Shorebased 2020 Shorebased

      IFQ species Area trawl allocation trawl allocation

      (mt) (mt)

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      Arrowtooth flounder....................... Coastwide................... 12,735.1 10,052.3

      Bocaccio.................................. South of 40deg10' N lat... 800.7 767.1

      Canary rockfish........................... Coastwide................... 946.9 887.8

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      Chilipepper............................... South of 40deg10' N lat... 1,838.3 1,743.8

      COWCOD.................................... South of 40deg10' N lat... 2.2 2.2

      Darkblotched rockfish..................... Coastwide................... 658.4 703.4

      Dover sole................................ Coastwide................... 45,979.2 45,979.2

      English sole.............................. Coastwide................... 9,375.1 9,417.9

      Lingcod................................... North of 40deg10' N lat... 2,051.9 1,903.4

      Lingcod................................... South of 40deg10' N lat... 462.5 386.0

      Longspine thornyhead...................... North of 34deg27' N lat... 2,420.0 2,293.6

      Minor Shelf Rockfish complex.............. North of 40deg10' N lat... 1,155.2 1,151.6

      Minor Shelf Rockfish complex.............. South of 40deg10' N lat... 188.6 188.6

      Minor Slope Rockfish complex.............. North of 40deg10' N lat... 1,248.8 1,237.5

      Minor Slope Rockfish complex.............. South of 40deg10' N lat... 456.0 455.4

      Other Flatfish complex.................... Coastwide................... 5,603.7 5,192.4

      Pacific cod............................... Coastwide................... 1,034.1 1,034.1

      Pacific ocean perch....................... North of 40deg10' N lat... 3,697.3 3,602.2

      Pacific whiting........................... Coastwide................... TBD TBD

      Petrale sole.............................. Coastwide................... 2,453.0 2,393.2

      Sablefish................................. North of 36deg N lat...... 2,581.3 2,636.8

      Sablefish................................. South of 36deg N lat...... 834.0 851.7

      Shortspine thornyhead..................... North of 34deg27' N lat... 1,511.8 1,498.5

      Shortspine thornyhead..................... South of 34deg27' N lat... 50.0 50.0

      Splitnose rockfish........................ South of 40deg10' N lat... 1,646.7 1,628.7

      Starry flounder........................... Coastwide................... 211.6 211.6

      Widow rockfish............................ Coastwide................... 9,928.8 9,387.1

      YELLOWEYE ROCKFISH........................ Coastwide................... 3.4 3.4

      Yellowtail rockfish....................... North of 40deg10' N lat... 4,305.8 4,048.0

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      (e) * * *

      (4) * * *

      (i) Vessel limits. For each IFQ species or species group specified in this paragraph (e)(4)(i), vessel accounts may not have QP or IBQ pounds in excess of the annual QP vessel limit in any year. The annual QP vessel limit is calculated as all QPs transferred in minus all QPs transferred out of the vessel account.

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      Annual QP

      Species category vessel limit

      (in percent)

      ------------------------------------------------------------------------

      Arrowtooth flounder..................................... 20

      Bocaccio S of 40deg10' N lat.......................... 15.4

      Canary rockfish......................................... 10

      Chilipepper S of 40deg10' N lat....................... 15

      Cowcod S of 40deg10' N lat............................ 17.7

      Darkblotched rockfish................................... 6.8

      Dover sole.............................................. 3.9

      English sole............................................ 7.5

      Lingcod:

      N of 40deg10' N lat............................... 5.3

      S of 40deg10' N lat............................... 13.3

      Longspine thornyhead:

      N of 34deg27' N lat............................... 9

      Minor rockfish complex N of 40deg10' N lat.:

      Shelf species....................................... 7.5

      Slope species....................................... 7.5

      Minor rockfish complex S of 40deg10' N lat.:

      Shelf species....................................... 13.5

      Slope species....................................... 9

      Other Flatfish complex.................................. 15

      Pacific cod............................................. 20

      Pacific halibut (IBQ) N of 40deg10' N lat............. 14.4

      Pacific ocean perch N of 40deg10' N lat............... 6

      Pacific whiting (shoreside)............................. 15

      Petrale sole............................................ 4.5

      Sablefish:

      N of 36deg N lat. (Monterey north)................ 4.5

      S of 36deg N lat. (Conception area)............... 15

      Shortspine thornyhead:

      N of 34deg27' N lat............................... 9

      S of 34deg27' N lat............................... 9

      Splitnose rockfish S of 40deg10' N lat................ 15

      Starry flounder......................................... 20

      Widow rockfish.......................................... 8.5

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      Yelloweye rockfish...................................... 11.4

      Yellowtail rockfish N of 40deg10' N lat............... 7.5

      Non-whiting groundfish species.......................... 3.2

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      (g) * * *

      (1) General. Shorebased IFQ Program vessels may discard IFQ species/species groups, and the discard mortality must be accounted for and deducted from QP in the vessel account. With the exception of vessels on Pacific whiting IFQ trips engaged in maximized retention, prohibited and protected species must be discarded at sea; Pacific halibut must be discarded as soon as practicable and the discard mortality must be accounted for and deducted from IBQ pounds in the vessel account. Non-IFQ species and non-groundfish species may be discarded at sea. The sorting of catch, the weighing and discarding of any IBQ and IFQ species, and the retention of IFQ species must be monitored by the observer.

      * * * * *

      (h) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (i) * * *

      (A) * * *

      (3) Is exempt from the requirement to maintain observer coverage as specified in this paragraph (h) while remaining docked in port when the observer makes available to the catch monitor an Observer Program reporting form documenting the weight and number of any overfished species listed under a rebuilding plan at Sec. 660.40 retained during that trip and which documents any discrepancy the vessel operator and observer may have in the weights and number of the overfished species, unless modified inseason under routine management measures at Sec. 660.60(c)(1).

      * * * * *

      (l) * * *

      (2) AMP QP pass through. The 10 percent of non-whiting QS will be reserved for the AMP, but the resulting AMP QP will be issued to all QS permit owners in proportion to their non-whiting QS until an alternative use of AMP QP is implemented.

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    101. In Sec. 660.150, revise paragraph (c)(1)(ii) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.150 Mothership (MS) Coop Program.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (ii) Species with set-asides for the MS and C/P Coop Programs, as described in Table 1d and Table 2d to subpart C of this part.

      * * * * *

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    102. In Sec. 660.160, revise paragraph (c)(1)(ii) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.160 Catcher/processor (C/P) Coop Program.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (1) * * *

      (ii) Species with set-asides for the MS and C/P Programs, as described in Table 1d and Table 2d to subpart C of this part.

      * * * * *

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    103. Revise Tables 1 (North) and 1 (South) to part 660, subpart D, to read as follows:

      Table 1 (North) to Part 660, Subpart D--Limited Entry Trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas and Landing Allowances for non-IFQ Species and Pacific Whiting North of 40deg10' N Lat.

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    104. In Sec. 660.230, revise paragraphs (c)(2)(ii) and (d)(10)(ii) and add paragraph (f) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.230 Fixed gear fishery--management measures.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (2) * * *

      (ii) North of 40deg10' N lat.--POP, yellowtail rockfish, cabezon (California), Washington cabezon/kelp greenling complex, Oregon cabezon/kelp greenling complex; and

      * * * * *

      (d) * * *

      (10) * * *

      (ii) Fishing for rockfish and lingcod is permitted shoreward of the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour within the CCAs when trip limits authorize such fishing and provided a valid declaration report as required at Sec. 660.13(d) has been filed with NMFS OLE.

      * * * * *

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      (f) Salmon bycatch. This fishery may be closed through automatic action at Sec. 660.60(d)(1)(v) and (vi).

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    105. In Sec. 660.231, revise paragraph (b)(3)(i) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.231 Limited entry fixed gear sablefish primary fishery.

      * * * * *

      (b) * * *

      (3) * * *

      (i) A vessel participating in the primary season will be constrained by the sablefish cumulative limit associated with each of the permits registered for use with that vessel. During the primary season, each vessel authorized to fish in that season under paragraph (a) of this section may take, retain, possess, and land sablefish, up to the cumulative limits for each of the permits registered for use with that vessel (i.e., stacked permits). If multiple limited entry permits with sablefish endorsements are registered for use with a single vessel, that vessel may land up to the total of all cumulative limits announced in this paragraph for the tiers for those permits, except as limited by paragraph (b)(3)(ii) of this section. Up to 3 permits may be registered for use with a single vessel during the primary season; thus, a single vessel may not take and retain, possess or land more than 3 primary season sablefish cumulative limits in any one year. A vessel registered for use with multiple limited entry permits is subject to per vessel limits for species other than sablefish, and to per vessel limits when participating in the daily trip limit fishery for sablefish under Sec. 660.232. In 2019, the following annual limits are in effect: Tier 1 at 47,637 lbs (21,608 kg), Tier 2 at 21,653 lbs (9,822 kg), and Tier 3 at 12,373 lbs (5,612 kg). In 2020 and beyond, the following annual limits are in effect: Tier 1 at 48,642 lbs (22,064 kg), Tier 2 at 22,110 lbs (10,029 kg), and Tier 3 at 12,634 lbs (5,731 kg).

      * * * * *

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    106. Revise Tables 2 (North) and 2 (South) to part 660, subpart E, to read as follows:

      Table 2 (North) to Part 660, Subpart E--Non-Trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas and Trip Limits for Limited Entry Fixed Gear North of 40deg10' N Lat.

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    107. In Sec. 660.330, revise paragraph (c)(2)(ii) and (d)(11)(ii) and add paragraph (f) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.330 Open access fishery--management measures.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (2) * * *

      (ii) North of 40deg10' N. lat.--POP, yellowtail rockfish, cabezon (California), Washington cabezon/kelp greenling complex, Oregon cabezon/kelp greenling complex; and

      * * * * *

      (d) * * *

      (11) * * *

      (ii) Fishing for rockfish and lingcod is permitted shoreward of the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour within the CCAs when trip limits authorize such fishing and provided a valid declaration report as required at Sec. 660.13(d) has been filed with NMFS OLE.

      * * * * *

      (f) Salmon bycatch. This fishery may be closed through automatic action at Sec. 660.60(d)(1)(v) and (vi).

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    108. In Sec. 660.333, revise paragraph (c)(3) to read as follows:

      Sec. 660.333 Open access non-groundfish trawl fishery--management measures.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (3) The landing includes California halibut of a size required by California Fish and Game Code section 8392, which states: ``No California halibut may be taken, possessed or sold which measures less than 22 in (56 cm) in total length. Total length means the shortest distance between the tip of the jaw or snout, whichever extends farthest while the mouth is closed, and the tip of the longest lobe of the tail, measured while the halibut is lying flat in natural repose, without resort to any force other than the swinging or fanning of the tail.''

      * * * * *

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    109. Revise Tables 3 (North) and 3 (South) in part 660, subpart F, to read as follows:

      Table 3 (North) to Part 660, Subpart F--Non-Trawl Rockfish Conservation Areas and Trip Limits for Open Access Gears North of 40deg10' N Lat.

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    110. Amend Sec. 660.360 as follows:

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      a. Revise paragraphs (c)(1) introductory text, (c)(1)(i)(D)(1) through (3), (c)(1)(ii) through (iv), (c)(2)(i)(B), (c)(3)(i)(A) through (C), (c)(3)(ii)(A) and (D), (c)(3)(iii)(A), (B), and (D), (c)(3)(iv), and (c)(3)(v)(A) and (B); and

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      b. Add paragraph (d).

      The revisions and addition read as follows:

      Sec. 660.360 Recreational fishery--management measures.

      * * * * *

      (c) * * *

      (1) Washington. For each person engaged in recreational fishing off the coast of Washington, the groundfish bag limit is 9 groundfish per day, including rockfish, cabezon and lingcod. Within the groundfish bag limit, there are sub-limits for rockfish, lingcod, and cabezon outlined in paragraph (c)(1)(i)(D) of this section. In addition to the groundfish bag limit of 9, there will be a flatfish limit of 3 fish, not to be counted towards the groundfish bag limit but in addition to it. The recreational groundfish fishery will open the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October for all species. In the Pacific halibut fisheries, retention of groundfish is governed in part by annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register. The following seasons, closed areas, sub-limits and size limits apply:

      (i) * * *

      (D) * * *

      (1) West of the Bonilla-Tatoosh line between the U.S. border with Canada and the Queets River (Washington state Marine Area 3 and 4), recreational fishing for groundfish is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour from June 1 through Labor Day, except on days when the Pacific halibut fishery is open in this area it is lawful to retain lingcod, Pacific cod, and sablefish seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) boundary. Yellowtail and widow rockfish can be retained seaward of 20 fm (37 m) in the months of July and August on days open to the recreational salmon fishery. Days open to Pacific halibut recreational fishing off Washington and days open to recreational fishing for salmon are announced on the NMFS hotline at (206) 526-6667 or (800) 662-9825. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour are listed in Sec. 660.71.

      (2) Between the Queets River (47deg31.70' N lat.) and Leadbetter Point (46deg38.17' N lat.) (Washington state Marine Area 2), recreational fishing for lingcod is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour from the second Saturday in March through May 31 except that recreational fishing for lingcod is permitted within the RCA on

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      days that the primary halibut fishery is open. In addition to the RCA described in the preceding sentence, between the Queets River (47deg31.70' N lat.) and Leadbetter Point (46deg38.17' N lat.) (Washington state Marine Area 2), recreational fishing for lingcod is prohibited year round seaward of a straight line connecting all of the following points in the order stated: 47deg31.70' N lat., 124deg45.00' W long.; 46deg38.17' N lat., 124deg30.00' W long. with the following exceptions: on days that the primary halibut fishery is open lingcod may be taken, retained and possessed within the lingcod area closure; lingcod may also be taken, retained, and possessed from June 1 through June 15 and from September 1 through September 15 within the lingcod area closure. If the Pacific halibut recreational fishery in Washington state Marine Area 2 is not open for at least four days, lingcod may be taken, retained, and possessed seaward of the boundary line approximating the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour and the straight line connecting all of the following points in the order stated: 47deg31.70' N lat., 124deg45.00' W long.; 46deg38.17' N lat., 124deg30.00' W long. on Sundays in May. Days open to Pacific halibut recreational fishing off Washington are announced on the NMFS hotline at (206) 526-6667 or (800) 662-9825. For additional regulations regarding the Washington recreational lingcod fishery, see paragraph (c)(1)(iv) of this section. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour are listed in Sec. 660.71.

      (3) Between Leadbetter Point (46deg38.17' N lat.) and the Columbia River (46deg16.00' N lat.) (Marine Area 1), when Pacific halibut are onboard the vessel, no groundfish may be taken and retained, possessed or landed, except sablefish, flatfish species (except halibut), Pacific cod, and lingcod from May 1 through September 30. Except that taking, retaining, possessing or landing incidental halibut with groundfish on board is allowed in the nearshore area on days not open to all-depth Pacific halibut fisheries in the area shoreward of the boundary line approximating the 30 fathom (fm) (55 m) depth contour extending from Leadbetter Point, WA (46deg38.17' N lat., 124deg15.88' W long.) to the Columbia River (46deg16.00' N lat., 124deg15.88' W long.) and from there, connecting to the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour in Oregon. Nearshore season days are established in the annual management measures for Pacific halibut fisheries, which are published in the Federal Register and are announced on the NMFS halibut hotline, 1-800-662-9825. Between Leadbetter Point (46deg38.17' N lat. 124deg21.00' W long) and 46deg33.00' N lat. 124deg21.00' W long., recreational fishing for lingcod is prohibited year round seaward of a straight line connecting all of the following points in the order stated: 46deg38.17' N lat., 124deg21.00' W long.; and 46deg33.00' N lat., 124deg21.00' W long.

      (ii) Rockfish. In areas of the EEZ seaward of Washington (Washington Marine Areas 1-4) that are open to recreational groundfish fishing, there is a 7 rockfish per day bag limit. Taking and retaining yelloweye rockfish is prohibited in all Marine areas.

      (iii) Cabezon. In areas of the EEZ seaward of Washington (Washington Marine Areas 1-4) that are open to recreational groundfish fishing, there is a 1 cabezon per day bag limit.

      (iv) Lingcod. In areas of the EEZ seaward of Washington (Washington Marine Areas 1-4) that are open to recreational groundfish fishing and when the recreational season for lingcod is open, there is a bag limit of 2 lingcod per day. The recreational fishing seasons for lingcod is open from the second Saturday in March through the third Saturday in October.

      (2) * * *

      (i) * * *

      (B) Recreational rockfish conservation area (RCA). Fishing for groundfish with recreational gear is prohibited within the recreational RCA, a type of closed area or groundfish conservation area, except with long-leader gear (as defined at Sec. 660.351). It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with recreational gear within the recreational RCA, except with long-leader gear (as defined at Sec. 660.351). A vessel fishing in the recreational RCA may not be in possession of any groundfish. For example, if a vessel fishes in the recreational salmon fishery within the RCA, the vessel cannot be in possession of groundfish while within the RCA. The vessel may, however, on the same trip fish for and retain groundfish shoreward of the RCA on the return trip to port. Off Oregon, from June 1 through August 31, recreational fishing for groundfish is prohibited seaward of a recreational RCA boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour, except that fishing for flatfish (other than Pacific halibut) is allowed seaward of the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour when recreational fishing for groundfish is permitted. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour are listed at Sec. 660.71.

      * * * * *

      (3) * * *

      (i) * * *

      (A) Recreational rockfish conservation areas. The recreational RCAs are areas that are closed to recreational fishing for groundfish. Fishing for groundfish with recreational gear is prohibited within the recreational RCA, except that recreational fishing for ``Other Flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder is permitted within the recreational RCA as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken with recreational gear within the recreational RCA, unless otherwise authorized in this section. A vessel fishing in the recreational RCA may not be in possession of any species prohibited by the restrictions that apply within the recreational RCA. For example, if a vessel fishes in the recreational salmon fishery within the RCA, the vessel cannot be in possession of rockfish while in the RCA. The vessel may, however, on the same trip fish for and retain rockfish shoreward of the RCA on the return trip to port. If the season is closed for a species or species group, fishing for that species or species group is prohibited both within the recreational RCA and shoreward of the recreational RCA, unless otherwise authorized in this section.

      (1) Between 42deg N lat. (California/Oregon border) and 40deg10' N lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other Flatfish'' as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is closed from January 1 through April 30; is prohibited seaward of the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from May 1 through October 31 (shoreward of 30 fm is open); and is open at all depths from November 1 through December 31. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 30 fm (55 m) depth contour are listed in Sec. 660.71.

      (2) Between 40deg10' N lat. and 38deg57.50' N lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other Flatfish'' as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is closed from January 1 through April 30; prohibited seaward of the 20 fm (37 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from May 1 through October 31 (shoreward of 20 fm is open), and is open at all depths from November 1 through December 31.

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      (3) Between 38deg57.50' N lat. and 37deg11' N lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other Flatfish'' as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is closed from January 1 through March 31; is prohibited seaward of the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from April 1 through December 31. Closures around Cordell Bank (see paragraph (c)(3)(i)(C) of this section) also apply in this area. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour are listed in Sec. 660.71.

      (4) Between 37deg11' N lat. and 34deg27' N lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other Flatfish'' as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is closed from January 1 through March 31; and is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 50 fm (91 m) depth contour along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts from April 1 through December 31. Coordinates for the boundary line approximating the 50 fm (91 m) depth contour are specified in Sec. 660.72.

      (5) South of 34deg27' N lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for all groundfish (except California scorpionfish, ``Other Flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder) is closed entirely from January 1 through the last day of February. Recreational fishing for all groundfish (except ``Other Flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder, as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section) is prohibited seaward of a boundary line approximating the 75 fm (137 m) depth contour from March 1 through December 31 along the mainland coast and along islands and offshore seamounts, except in the CCAs where fishing is prohibited seaward of the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour when the fishing season is open (see paragraph (c)(3)(i)(B) of this section). Coordinates for the boundary lines approximating the depth contours are specified at Sec. Sec. 660.71 through 660.74.

      (B) Cowcod conservation areas. The latitude and longitude coordinates of the Cowcod Conservation Areas (CCAs) boundaries are specified at Sec. 660.70. In general, recreational fishing for all groundfish is prohibited within the CCAs, except that fishing for petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other Flatfish'' is permitted within the CCAs as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section. However, recreational fishing for the following species is prohibited seaward of the 40 fm (37 m) depth contour when the season for those species is open south of 34deg27' N lat.: Minor nearshore rockfish, cabezon, kelp greenling, lingcod, California scorpionfish, and shelf rockfish. Retention of yelloweye rockfish, bronzespotted rockfish and cowcod is prohibited within the CCA. Note: California state regulations also permit recreational fishing for California sheephead, ocean whitefish, and all greenlings of the genus Hexagrammos shoreward-

      of the 40 fm (73 m) depth contour in the CCAs when the season for the RCG complex is open south of 34deg27' N lat. It is unlawful to take and retain, possess, or land groundfish taken within the CCAs, except for species authorized in this section.

      (C) Cordell Bank. Recreational fishing for groundfish is prohibited in waters less than 100 fm (183 m) around Cordell Bank as defined by specific latitude and longitude coordinates at Sec. 660.70, subpart C, except that recreational fishing for petrale sole, starry flounder, and ``Other Flatfish'' is permitted around Cordell Bank as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(iv) of this section.

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      (ii) * * *

      (A) Seasons. When recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open, it is permitted only outside of the recreational RCAs described in paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section.

      (1) Between 42deg N lat. (California/Oregon border) and 40deg10' N lat. (North Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through April 30).

      (2) Between 40deg10' N lat. and 38deg57.50' N lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG Complex is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through April 30).

      (3) Between 38deg57.50' N lat. and 37deg11' N lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 31).

      (4) Between 37deg11' N lat. and 34deg27' N lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG complex is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 31).

      (5) South of 34deg27' N lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for the RCG Complex is open from March 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through the last day in February).

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      (D) Dressing/filleting. Cabezon, kelp greenling, and rock greenling taken in the recreational fishery may not be filleted at sea. Rockfish skin may not be removed when filleting or otherwise dressing rockfish taken in the recreational fishery.

      (iii) * * *

      (A) Seasons. When recreational fishing for lingcod is open, it is permitted only outside of the recreational RCAs described in paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section.

      (1) Between 42deg N lat. (California/Oregon border) and 40deg10' N lat. (Northern Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through April 30).

      (2) Between 40deg10' N lat. and 38deg57.50' N lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through April 30).

      (3) Between 38deg57.50' N lat. and 37deg11' N lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 31).

      (4) Between 37deg11' N lat. and 34deg27' N lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 31).

      (5) South of 34deg27' N lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for lingcod is open from March 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through the last day in February).

      (B) Bag limits, hook limits. In times and areas when the recreational season for lingcod is open, there is a limit of 2 hooks and 1 line when fishing for lingcod. Multi-day limits are authorized by a valid permit issued by California and must not exceed the daily limit multiplied by the number of days in the fishing trip.

      (1) The bag limit between 42deg N lat. (California/Oregon border) and 40deg10' N lat. (Northern Management Area) is 2 lingcod per day.

      (2) The bag limit between 40deg10' N lat. and the U.S. border with Mexico (Mendocino Management Area, San Francisco Management Area, Central Management Area, and Southern Management Area) is 1 lingcod per day.

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      (D) Dressing/filleting. Lingcod filets may be no smaller than 14 in (36 cm) in length. Each fillet shall bear an intact 1 in (2.6 cm) square patch of skin.

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      (iv) ``Other Flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder. Coastwide off California, recreational fishing for ``Other Flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder, is permitted both shoreward of and within the closed areas described in paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section. ``Other Flatfish'' are defined at Sec. 660.11, and include butter sole, curlfin sole, flathead sole, Pacific sanddab, rex sole, rock sole, and sand sole. ``Other Flatfish,'' are subject to the overall 20-fish bag limit for all species of finfish, of which there may be no more than 10 fish of any one species; there is no daily bag limit for petrale sole, starry flounder and Pacific sanddab. There are no size limits for ``Other Flatfish,'' petrale sole, and starry flounder. ``Other Flatfish'', petrale sole, and starry flounder may be filleted at sea. Fillets may be of any size, but must bear intact a one-inch (2.6 cm) square patch of skin.

      (v) * * *

      (A) Seasons. When recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is open, it is permitted only outside of the recreational RCAs described in paragraph (c)(3)(i) of this section.

      (1) Between 40deg10' N lat. and 38deg57.50' N lat. (Mendocino Management Area), recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is open from May 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through April 30).

      (2) Between 38deg57.50' N lat. and 37deg11' N lat. (San Francisco Management Area), recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 31).

      (3) Between 37deg11' N lat. and 34deg27' N lat. (Central Management Area), recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is open from April 1 through December 31 (i.e., it's closed from January 1 through March 31).

      (4) South of 34deg27' N lat. (Southern Management Area), recreational fishing for California scorpionfish is open from January 1 through December 31.

      (B) Bag limits, hook limits. South of 40deg10.00' N lat., in times and areas where the recreational season for California scorpionfish is open there is a limit of 2 hooks and 1 line, the bag limit is 5 California scorpionfish per day. California scorpionfish do not count against the 10 RCG Complex fish per day limit. Multi-day limits are authorized by a valid permit issued by California and must not exceed the daily limit multiplied by the number of days in the fishing trip.

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      (d) Salmon bycatch. Recreational fisheries that are not accounted for within pre-season salmon modeling may be closed through automatic action at Sec. 660.60(d)(1)(v) and (vi).

      FR Doc. 2018-26602 Filed 12-11-18; 8:45 am

      BILLING CODE 3510-22-P