Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) to Hold Webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to discuss 1) preparation of the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, and 2) future ecosystem initiatives under the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Webinar

Each March, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers deliver a State of the California Current Ecosystem Report to the Council.  The Report assesses current status through a series of indicators covering physical, biological, and socioeconomic components of the ecosystem.  The Council has provided advice to the Science Centers on how to make the report more relevant to Council decision-making, including comments on the suite of indicators it uses.  The webinar will provide an opportunity for the EWG to discuss preparation of the current Report with Science Center representatives and the contents of future reports.

At its March 2017 meeting, the Council will also consider taking up a new ecosystem-based fishery management initiative.  Appendix A to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan contains a list of these initiatives, which are intended to address ecosystem gaps in ecosystem knowledge and Fishery Management Plan policies, particularly with respect to the cumulative effects of fisheries management on marine ecosystems and fishing communities.  The Fishery Ecosystem Plan establishes a schedule by which each March the Council reviews progress to date on any ecosystem initiatives the Council already has underway and determines whether to take up a new initiative. In odd-numbered years, the Council may also consider identifying new initiatives that are not already in Appendix A.  The EWG will discuss current and potential new initiatives in preparation for the March 2017 Council meeting.

Webinar Agenda and Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 895-501-419
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 462-275-391; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2425 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 422.