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CA Anchovy, Mackerel, Sardine Purse Seine Fishery

Current Classification on 2017 LOF

Category III
Estimated Number of Participants 65
Target Species Anchovy,
Applicable Take Reduction Plans None
Observer Coverage  
Marine Mammal Species/Stocks Killed or Injured California sea lion, U.S.
Harbor seal, CA

^ Number of participants estimates are based on state and federal fisheries permit data.  The estimated number of participants is expressed in terms of the number of active participants in the fishery, when possible.  If this information is not available, the estimated number of vessels or persons licensed for a particular fishery is provided.  If no recent information is available on the number of participants, then the number from the most recent LOF is used.  NMFS acknowledges that, in some cases, these estimations may be inflating actual effort.  

*Observer coverage levels include the latest information reported in the most current final Stock Assessment Report (SAR)

1 Indicates the stock or species is driving the classification of the fishery 

Note: Current classification based on final LOF, no proposed changes are reflected in this table.

Basis for Current Classification

No observed take over past five years.


The fishery operates year-round predominantly in southern CA (including the Channel Islands) from San Diego, Oceanside, Dana Point, and San Pedro then north to San Francisco.  

Gear Description

This fishery uses purse seine gear.


This fishery is a limited entry fishery, and the mackerel and sardine fisheries are quota fisheries. The fishery is managed in accordance with the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and under the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.


Historical Information

Original Category (Year added to the LOF) III (1996)
Original Number of Participants 63
Basis for Original Classification This fishery was originally classified as Category II based on observer data from 1991-1993, and logbook data from 1990-1992.  The total mortality and serious injury of offshore bottlenose dolphin was 0.33 animals/year, or 2% of PBR.
Past Names CA anchovy, mackerel, tuna purse seine (until 2007)
Species/stocks historically documented as killed or injured (but not currently on the list) Bottlenose dolphin, CA/OR/WA offshore


Timeline of Changes

  • Estimated number of participants was updated from 63 to 65.
  • Removed bottlenose dolphin (CA/OR/WA offshore)
  • Estimated number of participants was updated from 100 to 63.
  • Reorganized the CA purse seine fisheries based on gear types and FMP management.  The tuna portion of the “CA anchovy, mackerel, and tuna purse seine” fishery was split into its own "CA tuna purse seine” fishery.  The existing "CA sardine purse seine” fishery is merged into this fishery to make the "CA anchovy, mackerel, sardine purse seine” fishery.  The gear used and areas fished for tuna are different than for the other 3 species, and harvest for tuna is managed under the Highly Migratory Species FMP.  Gear, fishing methods, and areas fished for anchovy, mackerel, and sardine are similar and harvest is managed jointly under the Coastal Pelagic Species FMP.  
  • Estimated number of participants was updated from 110 to 100.
  • Added a superscript “1” in Table 1 after bottlenose dolphin (CA/OR/WA offshore), indicating that takes of this stock are driving the classification of this fishery.
  • Estimated number of participants was updated from 150 to 110.


Updated January 14, 2017