For the purposes of the EDC, groundfish are defined as those species that are in the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s groundfish fishery management plan. In general terms, groundfish DO NOT include Highly Migratory Species (e.g. tuna, swordfish), Coastal Pelagic Species (e.g. sardines, mackerel), invertebrates (e.g. crab, shrimp), or salmon.
The groundfish covered by the Council’s groundfish fishery management plan (FMP) include over 90 different species that, with a few exceptions, live on or near the bottom of the ocean. These are made up of the following species:
For more information, go to NOAA Fisheries Northwest Region’s Catch Share website
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