Fishery Management Council, Pacific

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (also known as the Council, Pacific Council, or PFMC) recommends fishery management measures to the Secretary of Commerce through the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The Pacific Council manages fisheries for salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic species (sardines, anchovies, and mackerel), and highly migratory species (tunas, sharks, and swordfish) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) three to 200 miles off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. The Council also works with the International Pacific Halibut Commission to manage Pacific halibut fisheries.

The 14 voting members of the Council are: the principal State official with marine fishery management responsibility and expertise from the states of Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho (or the designee of such official); eight general public members (an obligatory member from each state and four at-large members) appointed by the Secretary from a list of individuals submitted by the Governor of each state; one representative of an Indian tribe with Federally recognized fishing rights from California, Oregon, Washington, or Idaho from a list of not less than 3 individuals submitted by the tribal governments; and the regional director of the National Marine Fisheries Service for the geographic area concerned.
Board Website
Policy AreaNatural Resources and Environment
Governor Appointments3
Total Board Positions3
Statutory Authority16 USC Chapter 38 Subchapter IV § 1852
Public Disclosure Required?No
Senate Confirmation Required?No
Term Length (years)3
Statutory Term Limits3 consecutive terms. When appointing to a vacancy, a term shall count as one full term if it is longer than 18 months (Magnusun-Stevens Act)
Member Requirements: State obligatory and at-large members must be knowledgeable regarding the conservation and management, or the commercial or recreational harvest, of the fishery resources of the geographical area concerned; represent diverse fisheries interests; and be comprised of members whose combined knowledge and experience represent a balance of commercial and recreational fisheries interests. The Director of the Department of Fish and Wildlife is a statutory member.

Nominees cannot be appointed if they are acting as an agent of a foreign principal required to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended, or if they are a registered Federal lobbyist pursuant to the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995, as amended.