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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.