Agenda for May 7-9 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Meeting Available

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Download the proposed agenda for the May 7-9, 2014, Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting in Carlsbad, CA.

Council Makes Habitat Assignments for June

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

At their April Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington, the Council directed the Habitat Committee to draft the following letters for the June Briefing Book:

  • A letter on the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary boundary expansion
  • A letter on a NMFS pilot effort to identify habitat conservation objectives for managed species on the West Coast, highlighting the connections between this project and the Council’s research and data priorities
  • A letter on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Fish and Wildlife Program
  • A letter on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce the double-crested cormorant predation on Columbia River basin juvenile salmonids listed under the Endangered
    Species Act

The Council also directed the Habitat Committee to arrange a presentation from KZO Sea Farms on their proposed aquaculture facility. The committee will also be discussing Klamath/Trinity water flows and other issues.  Prior to the June meeting, Council staff will send letters (drafted by the Habitat Committee and approved by the Council, with edits) on the Bay/Delta Conservation Project and on the PMEC/SETS project.

April 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

DRAFT Council-Adopted Salmon Management Measures for May 2014-April 30, 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (Tables); Including News Release

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The following DRAFT salmon management measures tables were adopted by the Council at their April 2014 meeting and will be published in Preseason Report III (tentatively scheduled for April 21). Please keep in mind the tables are DRAFT until implemented as Federal Regulations.

See the 2014 salmon season PFMC News Release (April 14, 2014).

See the April 2014 Final Salmon press release.

Public Comment Deadlines for the June 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, May 23, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after May 23, but BY 11:59 pm, June 13 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated.  New section regarding the Proposed Rule for chafing gear added as well as the draft Environmental Assessment.

ODFW looking to contract with vessels for the 2014 monitoring field season

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Vessel Contract Applications for 2014 Now Available

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking to contract with five local vessels for the 2014 monitoring field season. Applications are now available to bid on contracts. Applications and information is available on the OregonOcean marine reserves website. You may also contact Keith Matteson at (541) 867-7701 x225 or Keith.M.Matteson@state.or.us for more information.

The above information is posted as a courtesy to ODFW.

April 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the April 2014 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.

Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council’s Website

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XD072 has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2014 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments on the proposed management Alternatives may be presented at public hearings (see “Salmon Public Hearings” for locations and dates). Additional comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office by 11:59 PM, March 30, 2014 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.

Reminder! Public Hearings on the Salmon Fishery Management Alternatives to be Held

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council. The hearings will take place March 24-25, 2014. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 24, 2014
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 24, 2014
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Golden Gate CD Room
3555 Round Barn Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-523-7555
Driving Directions

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the public hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414, toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 414.