Draft guidance for reviews of catch share programs

Monday, February 8th, 2016

In January, the Council commented on NMFS draft guidance for reviews of catch share programs.  Download the letter dated January 12, 2016 sent to NMFS regarding: “Comments on Draft Guidance for Conducting Reviews of Catch Share Programs”.  Download “Draft guidance for conducting reviews of catch share programs“.

Please contact Council staff member Mr. Jim Seger, telephone: 503-820-4216, for further information.


Pacific Whiting Treaty teleconference briefing for Joint Management Committee

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee will brief the Joint Management Committee on the preliminary draft 2016 stock assessment that will be reviewed at the upcoming Scientific Review Group meeting (February 23 – 25, 2016). This is an informational meeting only.

Teleconference Date and Time

Friday, February 12, 2016, from 2:00-3:00pm Pacific Time.

Teleconference Information:

Dial +1 (888)790-5773
Participant Code: 9952325

This information posted as a courtesy to National Marine Fisheries Service.  If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, NMFS at 206-526-4644.


Reminder: Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars, listed below, which are open to the public. Each webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the dates shown below and last for approximately two hours.

  • January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators (Toby Garfield & Chris Harvey)
  • January 14: Biological indicators (Chris Harvey & Greg Williams)
  • January 26: Human dimensions indicators (Karma Norman & Dan Holland)
  • January 28: Freshwater, estuarine and marine habitat indicators (Correigh Greene)
  • February 2: Risk assessments and applications of indicators to decision making. (Jameal Samhouri & Elliott Hazen)

Visit the “Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016” blog post to access background reading materials and information on how to join the webinars.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by the members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) Team noted above, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. In each of the last three years, the CCIEA Team has delivered an Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report that covers all aspects of the ecosystem from physical atmospheric and oceanic drivers up through impact on humans and anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. At each level of ecosystem interactions, the CCIEA Team developed indicators that either assess the status and trends of the ecosystem or the species response to these stressors. This series of webinars will review the indicator selection process and demonstrate those indicators chosen to track ecosystem changes and impacts to society.

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.


Winter 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Pacific Council News 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, Winter 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.


Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 submitted for Secretarial review

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On December 7, 2015, the Council transmitted to NMFS  Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (CEBA 1) for Secretarial review. This letter also notifies NMFS that the Council had reviewed draft proposed regulations and deemed them necessary and appropriate to implement CEBA 1. CEBA 1 would bring new ecosystem component species (collectively, “Shared EC Species”) into each of the Council’s four fishery management plans (FMPs) through amendments to those FMPs, and would prohibit the future development of new directed commercial fisheries for Shared EC Species within the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone.

On December 11, 2015, NMFS announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the Federal Register. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published the proposed regulations to implement CEBA 1 in the Federal Register. Both of these notices identified a public comment period. Comments on both CEBA 1 and the proposed regulations must be received on or before February 9, 2016. You may submit comments on CEBA 1 (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0001) and/or the proposed regulations (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0002) by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Submit written comments to William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070; Attn: Yvonne deReynier.

This entry is posted as a courtesy to National Marine Fisheries Service


“The Line” December 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 3, December 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 November 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, December 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 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:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  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.


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.