The PWCC works with fishery managers, scientists, CONSERVATION ORGANIZATIONS, and other industry members to ensure the continued health and sustainability of our marine resources.
U.S. wild-caught Pacific whiting is a smart seafood choice because it is sustainably managed and responsibly harvested under U.S. regulation – NOAA FISHERIES
The PWCC, in partnership with fishery managers and scientists, uses a precautionary approach to ensure the whiting fishery is sustainable. The fishery is dual certified under both the MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL and RESPONSIBLE FISHERIES MANAGEMENT certification programs.
Conservation of the Pacific whiting resource and associated species is paramount to the PWCC.
WHO WE ARE
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.
PROJECT: ROCKFISH RESEARCH
In 2004, the PWCC initiated a program to investigate alternative survey methods for widow rockfish in cooperation with the NMFS-Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) and Fishermen’s Marketing Association.
Project: Pacific WHITING WITHIN PACIFIC COAST ECOSYSTEM
The Pacific Coastal Current drives the environment in which Pacific whiting is a dominant member. Variation in the coastal current regulates environmental seasonal trends and interannual differences.
PROJECT: Hydro-acoustic survey improvements
An uncertainty in the Pacific whiting stock assessment is the ability of a hydro-acoustic survey to fully estimate the absolute abundance of the stock.
PWCC is comprised of the companies licensed to operate in the at-sea catcher-processor sector of the Pacific whiting fishery.