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West Coast Regional Office Permits

Metadata Updated: November 10, 2023

NOAA Fisheries implemented a license limitation program for the trawl and fixed gear sectors of Pacific Coast commercial groundfish fishery on January 1, 1993. The agency issued federal fishing permits based on vessel catch histories. This limited entry program was designed to control the capacity of the groundfish fishing fleet by limiting the number of fishing vessels, limiting the number of vessels using each of the three specified gear types (trawl, trap/pot, longline), and limiting increases in harvest capacity by limiting vessel length. The Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Permit (LEP) authorizes the holder (owner of a vessel) to participate in the federal limited entry groundfish fishery in waters off of Washington, Oregon, and California. NOAA Fisheries no longer issues new LEPs. Any new entrant to the groundfish LEP fishery, must either purchase or lease an existing LEP. In addition, as part of the shorebased IFQ Fishery, NOAA Fisheries issues First Receiver Site Licenses (FRSL).

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Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date August 12, 2022
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Frequency Of Update

Metadata Source

Harvested from NMFS WCRO

Additional Metadata

Resource Type Dataset
Metadata Date September 28, 2023
Metadata Created Date August 12, 2022
Metadata Updated Date November 10, 2023
Reference Date(s) (publication)
Responsible Party (Point of Contact, Custodian)
Contact Email
Guid gov.noaa.nmfs.inport:30947
Access Constraints Cite As: West Coast Regional Office, [Date of Access]: West Coast Regional Office Permits [Data Date Range],, Access Constraints: Data contains business sensitive information. |
Coupled Resource
Frequency Of Update
Harvest Object Id 7120e358-4911-4b31-bd4c-54e3cc1f11de
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 provided by fishing community, reviewed by WCR staff, and managed in the database.
Metadata Language eng
Metadata Type geospatial
Progress underDevelopment
Spatial Data Service Type
Spatial Reference System
Spatial Harvester True
Temporal Extent Begin 2013

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