Commercial trawl logbook data were obtained from PacFIN (2005) and catch per unit effort (CPUE) was calculated for depths and areas where sand sole were most abundant.
To test this, we compared annual landings by state from the logbooks to the reported landings from the PacFIN database which relies on landing receipts.
Commercial landings for California, Oregon, and Washington totaled 4,629 t between 1981 and 2004, with annual landings gradually declining from a high in 1987 (401 t) to an annual average of 97 t during 1999-2004 (Table 7) (PacFIN, 2005).
Trawl logbook data were available for all three states from 1987 through 2005 (PacFIN, 2005).
Landings in 1998 were 1,438 t (PFMC, 1998b; PacFIN (42)) (Fig.
Average annual landings from 1981 to 1998 were 119 t (PacFIN (42); Bodenmiller (45)) (Fig.
California herring landings fell from 9,215 t in 1997 to little over 2,000 t in 1998 during the 1997-98 El Nino (CDFG, 1999; PacFIN (42)) (Fig.
Ensenada landings totaled 68,652 t in 1997 and 60,426 t in 1998, compared to 42,839 t and 42,580 t in California (PacFIN (42); Hill et al.
However, the eulachon population is declining and harvest levels dwindled to less than 5 t per year over the last few years (Bargmann, 1998; PacFIN (42)).
(3) Text footnotes cited: NEFSC (11); NEFSC (12); NEFSC (13); Brown (18); Beeson and Hanan (23); PacFIN (42); Jacobson et al.
From 1989 to 1992, the FDCC met eight more times and concentrated its efforts on defining projects and objectives under the new PACFIN
initiative, developing a long-term data plan for the Pacific, and redefining the functions, services, and data bases the future WPACFIN system should include.