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Pacific Coast Groundfish Individual Fishing Quota Database

Metadata Updated: March 8, 2024

On January 11, 2011, NOAA Fisheries implemented a new fishery management system for the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program as specified in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The trawl catch share program, also called the trawl rationalization program, consists of an Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program for the shorebased trawl fleet and cooperative programs for the at-sea mothership and catcher/processor trawl fleets. The new catch shares system divides the total amount of an overall allowable catch or quota into shares (QS) controlled by individual fishermen or groups of fishermen (cooperatives). For the Shorebased trawl fishery, NOAA Fisheries issues quota pounds (QPs) at the beginning of each year to QS accounts, based on the sector allocation and QS holdings (expressed as %) for each QS permit owner.

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Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date August 12, 2022
Metadata Updated Date March 8, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS WCRO

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date February 29, 2024
Metadata Created Date August 12, 2022
Metadata Updated Date March 8, 2024
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:30948
Access Constraints Cite As: West Coast Regional Office, [Date of Access]: Pacific Coast Groundfish Individual Fishing Quota Database [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Data contains business sensitive information.
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update
Harvest Object Id 0e581738-cdc7-4780-b0cd-093cb3237320
Harvest Source Id d16be56f-1eb7-428b-94cb-0d45c55dd2ed
Harvest Source Title NMFS WCRO
Licence NOAA provides no warranty, nor accepts any liability occurring from any incomplete, incorrect, or misleading data, or from any incorrect, incomplete, or misleading use of the data. It is the responsibility of the user to determine whether or not the data is suitable for the intended purpose.
Lineage Data is collected through landings, reviewed by WCR SFD staff and entered into the database.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2011

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