The Council approved three exempted fishing permit (EFP) proposals for public review; one from the West Coast Pelagic Conservation Group, and two from the California Wetfish Producers Association.
The West Coast Pelagic Conservation Group proposal conducts nearshore surveillance of coastal pelagic species with the Southwest Fisheries Science Center and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This proposal requests a small amount of sardine for biological sampling.
The first California Wetfish Producers Association proposal is a continuation of its cooperative research with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, for aerial survey work and point set validation. The second proposal is for biological sampling in Southern California. Final recommendations to NMFS for these EFPs are scheduled for April 2021.