Welcome to the Pacific Whiting Conservation Cooperative’s (PWCC) website. Our site provides information about PWCC and our member companies [About PWCC], and the Pacific whiting fishery [Fishery]. Detailed information about research projects [Research] and bycatch avoidance initiatives [Catch Management] sponsored by PWCC is also provided.
The PWCC is a trade association representing three companies that own and operate U.S. catcher/processor vessels that participate in the west coast Pacific whiting fishery. By weight, this abundant, well-managed groundfish fishery accounts for the largest volume of fish harvested on the U.S. west coast each year. Fishery managers and scientists employ a precautionary approach to management to ensure healthy fish stocks for years to come.
Conservation of the Pacific whiting resource and associated species is paramount to the PWCC. As partners in these robust fisheries, the PWCC works with fishery managers, scientists, environmentalists, and other industry members to ensure the continued health and sustainability of our marine resources.
In the U.S., the whiting fishery is managed by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), specifically the NMFS-Westcoast Region and the NMFS-Northwest Fisheries Science Center including the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program.
Recently, Pacific whiting was featured on the new NMFS seafood information page FishWatch. The NMFS FishWatch site provides consumers “the most accurate and timely information available on the sustainability of U.S. seafood fisheries.” In addition to stock status and fishery management information, the site also provides nutritional and other information for consumers to consider when making seafood choices. NMFS states – “Population levels of Pacific whiting are high, and no overfishing is occurring.” “Biomass of the coastal stock is 80% of the biomass needed to support maximum sustainable yield.” “There are few habitat concerns in the Pacific whiting fishery, given that pelagic trawls have very little bottom habitat impact.” “Whiting is a good source of selenium, vitamin B, magnesium, and protein.”