November 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting. It also includes a listing of the membership appointments that were made at the November 2015 meeting (see “Administrative Matters”, starting on page 8 of the Decision Summary Document).



Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record.  The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing.  They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors.  They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action.  The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.


November 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The November 2015 Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 8:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Saturday, November 14, 2015 through Thursday, November 19, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at approximately 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.

For agenda item topics, please see the November 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

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

  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The November 14-19, 2015 Webinar ID is: 145-232-603
  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).  Since this is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

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 1-951-266-6126; phone audio access code 925-719-732 (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.


Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars in January and February 2016, which are open to the public.

Dates and Time of Webinars

The webinars will be held on the dates listed below, from 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately two hours. Information on how to participate is below.

  • Tuesday, January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators
  • Thursday, January 14: Biological indicators
  • Tuesday, January 26: Human dimensions indicators
  • Thursday, January 28: Habitat indicators
  • Tuesday, February 2: Risk assessments and application of indicators to decision making

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. This webinar series is part of the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative intended to address goals and objectives from the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan. Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.

Background Material

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 121-225-731
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (702) 489-0007  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  471-159-571;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information and 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 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

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 five days prior to the meeting date.

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


November 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the November 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.


Informational Meeting for Fishing Community on Wave Energy Project at Camp Rilea

Monday, October 26th, 2015

OWET (Oregon Wave Energy Trust) will be hosting a community meeting on behalf of the various project partners including Resolute Marine Energy (RME), the Oregon Military Department (OMD), Camp Rilea, Clatsop County, with members of the local fishing community.


OMD has begun working with RME as they begin planning towards a demonstration deployment of their nearshore wave energy device near Camp Rilea. This will be RME’s third ocean deployment of their bottom mounted wave flapper device, providing the company with valuable data and validation of the technology in a highly energetic environment. At the same time, this first deployment at Camp Rilea, currently planned for the spring of 2016, allows the military to explore strategies to meet its Net Zero initiatives.

The purpose of this meeting is to ensure local fishing community members are aware of and informed about the proposed RME demonstration project, and have an opportunity to provide input and advice into the planning process. Our goal is to discuss basic parameters for the project that balance military and developer goals for the deployment with information from the community about what will minimize potential impacts and maximize the success of the project as a learning opportunity for all involved.

Agenda: Introductions
Presentation by OMD/Camp Rilea
Presentation by Bill Staby, CEO, RME
Questions and discussion

When: October 28, 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: El Compadre Restaurant
119 S Main Avenue
Warrenton, OR 97146

Nancy Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
Oregon Salmon Commission
Oregon Albacore Commission
P.O. Box 983
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-994-2647 Ph/Fax


Agenda and meeting materials available for the Highly Migratory Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel November 3, 2015 webinar

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

We have posted an agenda and meeting materials for the upcoming Highly Migratory Species Management Team and Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel webinar on North Pacific Albacore Management Strategy Evaluation Recommendations; get the downloads and the meeting notice at:


Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of Pacific Council News (revised; supplemental deadline and table of HMS caps were corrected) is now available on the Council’s website. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, Fall 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.


November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 13‐19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.


Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated. The Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has information on:

  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation Pending
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation on Hold
  • Council Deliberations In Progress
  • Longer Term Planning
  • Issues for Future Scoping
  • Other Issues Affecting the Trawl Fishery
  • Completed Trailing Actions