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Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) / Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Project

CPS/HMS Project Team. CDFW file photo.

For information about the CDFW CPS Live Bait Fishery, please visit the Live Bait web page.

California's Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Project staff collects, analyzes, and reports stock assessment data and develops management recommendations for CPS and HMS.

Primary CPS include two federally managed species, Pacific sardine and Pacific mackerel, and one state managed species, market squid. Other species include northern anchovy (federally monitored), jack mackerel (federally monitored), and krill (federally prohibited). In order to coordinate management of these species, CDFW must maintain and enhance strong working relationships with researchers and other agencies working on CPS including NOAA Fisheries and Pacific Fishery Management Council participants. Project staff implements the state Market Squid Fishery Management Plan, which mandates the collection of fishery-dependent data to assess industry impacts to the market squid resource. CDFW staff also conducts research to increase our understanding of squid biology.

Primary HMS include federally managed tunas, billfishes, and sharks. Project staff provides technical assistance to NOAA Fisheries, Pacific Fishery Management Council, federal and state agencies, Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission and other constituents of Pacific-wide HMS stocks.

Learn more about HMS species:
  • Tunas
  • Sharks
  • Billfishes

  • Opportunities to assist NOAA National Marine Fisheries with ongoing research projects:
  • link opens in new windowBluefin Tuna gonad collection
  • link opens in new windowThresher Shark biology

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