Monday, March 3rd, 2014
The March 8-13, 2014 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be streamed live in “listen-only mode” (audio) on the internet. The live audio will be broadcast starting on Saturday, March 8 at 8 a.m. Pacific time. Get the March meeting agenda.
To Listen to the Meeting (Broadcast in Listen-Only Mode)
This listen-only mode webinar is held daily, from March 8, 2014 to March 13, 2014, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.
- Join the meeting by visiting this link:
- Enter the Webinar ID – The March 8-13, 2014 Webinar ID is: 122-993-455
- Please enter your email address (required)
It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers. If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-415-655-0059 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 494-368-114. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.
Technical Information and User Guide
- 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 also send an email to Sandra for additional assistance.
MP3 Audio Files
If you need your own personal audio copies of recorded Council meeting CDs (MP3 or WAV formats), please contact our recorder, Mr. Craig Hess, Martin Enterprises, phone (360) 749-4038. Mr. Hess would be glad to assist you.
Thursday, February 27th, 2014
The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2014 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.
For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.
Friday, February 21st, 2014
On February 21, 2014, NOAA Fisheries has made available the Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Continued Implementations of the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific Halibut.
The EA can be found on the NOAA Fisheries website, under “Available for Public Comment” at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/management/pacific_halibut_management.html.
NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comments on the EA until February 28, 2014.
Please email all comments to: HalibutEA2014.WCR@noaa.gov.
This notice has been posted as a courtesy to the public and the NOAA Fisheries Service.
Wednesday, February 19th, 2014
Download the Decisions Summary Document for the October 23-24, 2013 CCC webinar.
Materials and background information for that webinar can be found on the October 23-24, 2013 CCC webpage.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.
Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
The Briefing Book for the March 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.
Thursday, February 6th, 2014
NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C-04-06 of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). The regulations would establish requirements for a satellite-based vessel monitoring system (VMS) for U.S. commercial fishing vessels, 24 meters or more in overall length, used to target any fish of the genus Thunnus or of the species Euthynnus (Katsuwonus) pelamis (skipjack tuna) in the area bounded by the west coast of the Americas and on the north, south and west respectively, by the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.
Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 6, 2014 for the proposed rule and information regarding the public hearing that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST, February 28, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.
Comments on the proposed rule and the initial regulatory flexibility analysis must be submitted on or before March 10, 2014. Please contact the following persons if you have questions on the rule or need information regarding the hearing: Heidi Taylor, NMFS West Coast Region, phone: 562-980-4039; or Rachael Wadsworth, NMFS West Coast Region, 562-980-4036.
This information is posted as a courtesy to NMFS and the public so they are aware of IATTC-related activities.
Wednesday, February 5th, 2014
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to continue the purse seine closure period of 62 days in the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 5, 2014 for the proposed rule and information regarding the public hearing that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST, February 12, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.
Comments must be submitted in writing by February 25, 2014. Please contact the following persons for further information: Heidi Taylor, NMFS, phone: 562-980-4039; or Celia Barroso, NOAA/NMFS Affiliate, phone: 562–432–1850.
Friday, January 24th, 2014
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting nominations for the United States Advisory Panel (AP) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting. Nominations are being sought to fill one vacancy on the AP for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring on January 22, 2016. The appointee will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the term. Nominations must be received by February 28, 2014.
The Public Notice may be found on the following West Coast Groundfish web page: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/nmfs-sea-14-01.pdf
If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, Whiting Treaty Coordinator at 206-526-4644.
Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health is pleased to announce the launch of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (http://portal.westcoastoceans.org/). The Portal will help coastal managers, researchers, and the general public to access and discover data relevant to West Coast ocean resource management, policy development, and marine planning.
If you wish to learn more or contribute your data to the Portal, please contact Todd Hallenbeck (Todd.r.hallenbeck@Westcoastoceans.org).