The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council; see the ODFW resources website for further information.

Anyone interested in being considered, or wishing to nominate someone, must contact Cyreis Schmitt, ODFW, at 541-867-4741 or cyreis.c.schmitt@state.or.us no later than February 13, 2015.

UPDATED! Location Change for First Day of the Meeting; agenda available for the February 4-6, 2015 HMSMT meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Wednesday, February 4 to Friday, February 6, 2015, which is open to the public. An agenda is now available for that meeting, as well as new information regarding the location of the first day of the meeting.

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NOAA Fisheries seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee (WCPFC)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a notice seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the US Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The request for nominations is attached here for your reference. Nominations for membership must be received no later than March 2, 2015.

For more information please view the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/14/2015-00412/nominations-for-the-western-and-central-pacific-fisheries-commission-permanent-advisory-committee.

For further information, please contact:  Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-725-5036; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov.

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries PIRO.

Notice of availability: groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2015-2016 and biennial periods thereafter

Friday, January 16th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability for the following document: “Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 2015-2016 and Biennial Periods Thereafter; Includes the Reorganization of Groundfish Stock Complexes, Designation of Ecosystem Component Species and Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to Establish a Process for Determining Default Harvest Specifications; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)”. Visit the Council’s groundfish website for the FEIS document, the notice of availability, instructions on how to comment, and who to contact for further information.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Reminder: Deadline for EFPs for swordfish and other highly migratory species is February 9, 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch.

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Reminder notice and agenda available for the January 6, 2015 SSC Webinar

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar to review new methodologies proposed for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments. The online SSC webinar is open to the public. An agenda, along with additional meeting materials are now available for that Webinar.

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Salmon Documents Order Form & Advance Notice of Availability

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is announcing the dates of availability for its annual preseason planning documents for ocean salmon fisheries. The reports will be posted electronically on the Council’s website, or you may request hard copies or CD-ROM copies of the reports by filling out and submitting the Online Salmon Management Documents Order Form.

The scheduled availability for the salmon preseason management documents are as follows:

  • Review of 2014 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available early February
  • Preseason Report I – Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available early March
  • Preseason Report II – Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available March 20, 2015
  • Preseason Report III – Council-Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations
    Available April 24, 2015

Questions about the salmon management preseason process? Please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204. For assistance with the web form, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2280, ext. 419.

Trawl Rationalization 2015 cost recovery fee percentages and mothership pricing

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has announced the 2015 Cost Recovery Fee Percentages and Mothership Pricing. Please see the December 30, 2014 Federal Register notice for details; effective date is January 1, 2015.

If you have questions, please contact Christopher Biegel, NMFS, Cost Recovery Program Coordinator, (503) 231-6291, fax (503) 872-2737, email: Christopher.Biegel@noaa.gov.

The annual report for fishing year 2014 and calculation for 2015 will be made available to the public electronically via the NMFS West Coast Region Groundfish Catch Share Program webpage.

NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective January 28, 2015. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published December 29, 2014.

For further information, please contact: Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494; Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328; Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824–5312; Elizabeth Petras, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–3238; Brent Norberg, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–6550; Kim Rivera, Alaska Region, 907–586–7424; Nancy Young, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5156.