→ Implementation of a federal limited entry permit for California / Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery

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The Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 5 to the Fishery Management Plan for the US West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species. 'The intent of Amendment 5 is to implement a federal limited entry permit for California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery.' This would bring California's fishery permit program under Magnuson-Stevens Act authority, something the Pacific Fishery Management Council has been considering since 2014. All current California large-mesh drift gillnet permit holders would be eligible to apply for, and receive, a federal permit. This amendment is primarily administrative in nature, and so 'the action would neither increase capacity within the fishery, nor would it incentivize or stimulate fishing effort or activity of current latent permits.'