Five-Year Review of Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat

Phase 1 of the Pacific Coast Groundfish 5-year Review of Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) has been completed as of September 2012. A report from this effort was developed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (PFMC) Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC), which included significant participation and leadership by staff of the NMFS NW and SW Science Centers and Regional Offices.

View the report:

http://www.pcouncil.org/groundfish/background/document-library/pacific-coast-groundfish-5-year-review-of-efh/ (The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.)

The Phase 1 report summarizes information that has become available since the last Groundfish EFH Review was concluded in 2006, including life history and habitat requirements of the 91 species in the Pacific Groundfish FMP; overviews of relevant trophic and ecosystem models; potential threats to groundfish EFH and prey species from fishing and non-fishing activities; and identification of research needs to further refine groundfish EFH.

This report features updated maps of seafloor habitat types and bathymetry; observations and bycatch of deep-sea corals and sponges; commercial fishing effort; and spatial management boundaries. Many of these maps and associated data sets, as well as an array of mapping tools, are available through a Consolidated Geographic Information Data Catalog and Online Registry at:

http://efh-catalog.coas.oregonstate.edu/overview/ (The previous link is a link to Non-Federal government web site. Click to review NOAA Fisheries disclaimer.)

Phase 2 of the Pacific Coast Groundfish 5-year review will consider potential changes to designated EFH, based on the new information produced in Phase 1 of this process.

Contact: SWFSC Fisheries Ecology Division, Habitat Ecology Team

(November 15, 2012)