California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Commercial Pacific Sardine Landing Receipt Data

California processors of commercial Pacific sardine landings submit receipts twice a month to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) as required by Fish and Game Code Section 8046. Receipts contain catch location (by CDFW blocks) and catch information (in pounds landed) for each landing. Catch data (in metric tons) have been mapped by CDFW block and fishing season from 2000 to 2013. A table of California commercial landings and harvest guidelines (in metric tons) for the West Coast of the United States, and California ex-vessel value corresponding to each season is included here.

Note: No confidential commercial Pacific sardine landings data is included here. Vessel activity was not disclosed where less than three vessels set per block, per year. Some years may appear to contain no data to protect the confidentiality of vessel location information.

California Commercial Sardine Landings

Data source: Commercial Fisheries Information System (CFIS)
Created by the CDFW CPS/HMS Project Staff: A. Holder

Pacific Sardine Landings and Value Information

Year Total
Landings (st)
Guideline* (st)
Ex-Vessel Value
2000 53,611 186,791 $5,460,210
2001 51,893 134,737 $6,272,488
2002 58,353 118,442 $5,840,876
2003 34,732 110,908 $2,874,313
2004 44,305 122,747 $3,950,193
2005 34,633 136,179 $3,137,847
2006 46,577 118,937 $5,088,214
2007 80,980 152,564 $8,209,053
2008 57,805 89,093 $7,576,832
2009 37,577 66,932 $5,471,877
2010 33,669 72,039 $4,305,238
2011 27,714 50,526 $5,390,046
2012 23,044 109,409 $4,321,171
2013 7,074 66,495 $1,501,919

* In 2000, the Northern Anchovy Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was amended (Amendment 8) to change the name of the Northern Anchovy FMP to the Coastal Pelagic Species FMP, to include other coastal pelagic species in the FMP (including Pacific sardine), and to set harvest specifications for the Pacific sardine fishery for the West Coast of the United States (i.e., California, Oregon and Washington). In 2014, the 12 month Pacific sardine fishing season changed from being based on a calendar year (January 1 – December 31) management cycle to a fishing season (July 1 – June 30) cycle to better align the timing of the research and science required for annual stock assessments with the management schedule. A one-time interim harvest period from January 1, 2014 through June 30, 2014 (not shown in maps or table yet) was established to allow targeted fishing to continue during the transition to the new management cycle.

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