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Celebrating our Member States: Oregon - A breathtaking view of the mighty Columbia River from Rowena Crest in Oregon.  The largest river in the Pacific Northwest, the waters of the Columbia have nourished the culture and economy of the region for thousands of years. 

Celebrating our Member States: California - The largest estuary in the Americas, San Francisco Bay is comprised of converging coastal and river waters, wetlands, and salt marshes. As a complex ecosystem and center for industry, the harbor is ecologically and economically essential to the region.

Celebrating our Member States: Idaho - Redfish Lake and the Sawtooth Mountains define the pristine wilderness of Idaho, and mark the iconic spawning waters for the brilliant red-scaled Sockeye Salmon as they return from the Pacific Ocean.

Celebrating our Member States: Alaska - A culture and economy defined by wilderness, Alaska’s fisheries are as diverse as its landscape. Exceptionally productive waters make Alaska one of the nation’s leading exporters of seafood, from salmon to shrimp, halibut to crab. Stewardship of fisheries resources in Alaska is a model for fisheries management success.

Celebrating our Member States: Washington - The iconic seastacks and rugged, forested coastline of the Olympic National Park represents a sanctuary for vibrant marine habitats that have supported a rich maritime history and culture.


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  • Fishery Disaster ProgramsFishery Disaster ProgramsFishery Disaster Programs

    The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) is working collaboratively with National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) to distribute the funds appropriated by Congress for various fishery disasters. Currently, NMFS has requested the Commission administer the fishery disaster programs.

  • MissionMissionMission

    As stated by the governing compact, PSMFC's purpose shall be “to promote the better utilization of fisheries – marine, shell, and anadromous, which are of mutual concern, and to develop a joint program of protection and prevention of physical waste of such fisheries in all of those areas of the Pacific Ocean over which the compacting states jointly or separately now have or may hereafter acquire jurisdiction.”

  • ProgramsProgramsPrograms

    PSMFC supports fisheries conservation, development, management, and legislation. To accomplish this, we maintain several programs that focus on scientific, inventory and economic research and data collections, consolidation and distribution. These programs primarily provide information for those with scientific or economic interests in the field, but also aim to provide educational materials for the general public related to their areas of focus.

  • VMS Reimbursement Request FormVMS Reimbursement Request FormVMS Reimbursement Request Form

    The Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Reimbursement Program was established to offset the cost of purchasing a VMS unit for the purpose of complying with fishery regulations pursuant to the Magnuson – Stevens Act. The reimbursement program was announced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service in July 2006, and has expanded nationally since its inception. The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission in collaboration with the NOAA's Office of Law Enforcement (OLE) distributes the allocated reimbursement funds to eligible, confirmed vessel owners and operators.