Reminder! Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. 

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Updated August 27, 2015: NMFS Salmon Fishery Regulations Booklet Available Online

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

NMFS has revised their “online” salmon fishery regulations booklet. This booklet provides fishermen with a quick reference guide to the Federal regulations governing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles off shore) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The booklet is available:

Please note fishermen are advised to stay informed of inseason changes to the regulations and to consult Federal and/or State fishery management agencies for current information for the areas in which they are or will be fishing. State regulations, which may differ from Federal regulations, are in effect in State territorial waters (0-3 nautical miles off shore).

Actual notice of inseason changes to the Federal regulations will be provided as follows:

  • Ocean salmon hotline at (800) 662-9825 or (206) 526-6667. Recorded messages summarize inseason changes to date
  • U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts. Announcements on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz designate the channel or frequency over which the Notice to Mariners will be immediately broadcast
  • Inseason changes to the Federal regulations are also published in the Federal Register
  • Announcements will be emailed to “Salmonlist” subscribers. Visit the “Signup for the Salmon Fishery Management Listserve” webpage to be added to that email list.

September 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the September 2015 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

September 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The September 2015 Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Friday, September 11, 2015 through Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast. Please see the September 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The September 11-16, 2015 Webinar ID is: 141-257-515
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-702-489-0008; phone audio access code 418-407-809 (not a toll-free number); then enter the audio pin shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

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 for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately three business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and seafood fraud to hold public webinar August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee) is seeking comment on its draft list of principles for determining species “at risk” of IUU fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a draft list of “at risk” species.

The public comment period is currently open. The NOC is offering an opportunity to comment via public webinar on August 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For information on that webinar as well as the public comment submission process, and the draft list of principles, please see NOAA’s Presidential Initiative on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud website.

For questions, please contact Danielle Rioux, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service (phone 301–427–8516, or email Danielle.Rioux@noaa.gov).

Materials for the 2015 Pacific Sardine Distribution Workshop are now available

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Materials are now available for the August 17-19, 2015 Pacific Sardine Distribution Workshop. Please see the the Workshop Notice for the materials and complete information

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NMFS Requests Input on Salmon Bycatch in Pacific Coast Groundfish Fisheries

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

NMFS held a public webinar on July 29, 2015 and posed five questions regarding salmon bycatch in groundfish fisheries to the webinar participants .

Written comments will also be accepted via email. NMFS will be preparing a work session report to the Council for their meeting on September 9-16 in Sacramento, California. Therefore, any written comments to be considered in the report must be emailed to: GroundfishBO2015.wcr@noaa.gov, no later than noon, Pacific Daylight Time, August 7, 2015.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA WCR.

 

New VMS Requirements

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Changes have been made within the U.S. Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Program that will affect many vessel owners. NMFS notified vessel owners by certified mail of these changes. SkyMate, Inc. did not submit a complete application for renewal of their bundled VMS products, and CLS America did not submit for renewal of their Thorium TST EMTU (type-approvals for the Thorium TST A2.0 and the Thorium LEO A2.0 are unaffected). As a result, these units will no longer be type-approved for compliance with vessel monitoring system (VMS) requirements in United States federal fisheries.

Affected vessel owners will be required to replace their VMS unit with another type approved VMS unit. To continue fishing in U.S. federal fisheries that require use of VMS, affected vessel owners must replace their affected units with a currently type-approved unit by September 30, 2015. The new type-approved VMS unit must be installed, operational, and registered with OLE by that time. Download the list of Current Type-approved VMS Units.

Reimbursement to replace the units will be allowed under the NOAA’s National VMS Reimbursement Program. For more info go to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Reimbursement Program website at:  http://www.psmfc.org/program/vessel-monitoring-system-reimbursement-program-vms?pid=17

A quick summary of what to do can be found by downloading the following memorandum from PSMFC:    “September 30, 2015 CLS AMERICA TST and SKYMATE VMS Unit Replacement”.

NMFS announces public work session (webinar) for stakeholders to provide input relative to managing the impacts to salmon from the groundfish fisheries

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces a public work session for interested stakeholders to provide input relative to managing the impacts to salmon from the groundfish fisheries. The work session will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday July 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

How to Participate:

To join the Webinar visit this internet link: www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar and enter the Webinar ID: 110-773-275. Your name and email address are required. To join the audio, participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or use their telephone: Toll: +1 (415) 655-0059; Attendee Access Code: 227-478-994. The Audio Pin will be shown after joining the webinar.

System Requirements for participation: for PC-based attendees the system requires Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; for Mac®-based attendees the system requires Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; for Mobile attendees the system requires iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet.

Background Documents:

The Webinar will be based on documents that are available online in the Council’s June 2015 briefing book under agenda item D.3. The relevant briefing book materials include:

The Council’s June 2015 briefing book is available on line at www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/june-2015-briefing-book/#gfJun2015.

Additional Information:

Written comments will also be accepted via email. NMFS will be preparing a work session report to the Council for their meeting on September 9-16 in Sacramento, California. Therefore, any written comments to be considered in the report must be emailed to: GroundfishBO2015.wcr@noaa.gov, no later than noon, Pacific Daylight Time, August 7, 2015.

If you have further questions regarding the webinar, and/or the workshop content, please contact: NMFS, West Coast Region, Ms. Becky Renko at (206) 526-6110; or download the NMFS-SEA-15-17 Public Notice.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA WCR.

“The Line” July 2015

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 2, July 2015 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the June 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, July 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.