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2010 Management Overview and Summary of Oregon Sardine Landings

Based on a biomass estimate of 702,026 metric tons (mt) the coastwide maximum Harvest Guideline (HG) for Pacific sardine was set at 72,039 mt for 2010 in accordance with the Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries Management Plan (CPS FMP) and procedures for the annual management cycle of Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries. This was slight increase from the 66,932 mt HG set in 2009. A set aside of 5,000 mt from the HG was established for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) to allow for industry sponsored research projects. To allow for incidental catch of Pacific sardines in other CPS fisheries and to help ensure the fishery does not exceed the coastwide HG, set-asides totaling 7,000 mt were established (see table below). Thus, the directed sardine fishery opened under an adjusted allocation totaling 60,039 mt.

The Pacific sardine HG was allocated seasonally for waters off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California in accordance with the CPS FMP as follows:

  1. January 1, 35% of the HG to be allocated coastwide;
  2. July 1, 40% of the HG, plus any portion not harvested from the initial allocation, to be reallocated coastwide; and
  3. September 15, the remaining 25% of the HG, plus any portion not harvested from earlier allocations, to be reallocated coast wide.

If the incidental set aside is not fully attained or is exceeded in a given allocation period, the National Marine Fisheries Service(NMFS) may adjust the directed harvest allocation to account for the discrepancy for the next allocation period as an automatic action.

The table below summarizes the 2010 allocations and preliminary sardine landings in Oregon.

All quantities in Metric Tons

Jan 1- June 30
Period 1*

July 1- Sept 14
Period 2**

Sept 15 – Dec 31
Period 3***

Total

Coastwide Maximum HG

--

--

--

72,039

Initial EFP Set-Aside

--

--

--

5,000

Seasonal Allocation

23,463

26,816

16,760

67,039

Incidental Set Aside

1,000

1,000

1,000

3,000

Management Uncertainty -- -- 4,000 4,000

Initial Directed Allocation

22,463

25,816

11,760

60,039

Actual Directed Allocation

22,463

25,993

9,589

58,045

Oregon Directed Landings

434

13,910

4,482

18,826

Preliminary Oregon landings through 11/29/10.

*1st allocation period closed early on June 12 because the allocation was projected to be reached.
**2nd allocation period closed early on July 22 because the allocation was projected to be reached.
***3rd allocation period closed early on September 24 because the allocation was projected to be reached.


For further information, contact Greg.Krutzikowsky@state.or.us or call (541) 867-4741

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