Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

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NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2018”; requests comments by November 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated October 12, 2017 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 13, 2017.

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Agenda available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

An agenda is now available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting.

Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Meet October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR

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Agenda now available for the October 17 STT and SSC Salmon Subcommittee webinar

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Salmon Technical Team and Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee to Hold Joint Meeting October 17 via Webinar http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=50297

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Agenda available for the October 2-5, 2017 Groundfish Management Team work session

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

We just posted an agenda for next week’s GMT Work Session (October 2-5, 2017); see our website for the full details; http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=50071

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Notice of Availability: Section 4.0, Section 5.0 and communities appendix for the public review draft of the groundfish trawl catch share program five-year review

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released sections on research and data needs (Section 4.0), recommendations (Section 5.0), and a new appendix the summarizes information by community (Appendix J).  The public is invited to provide comments on these sections along with the other sections which were released on August 21.

DRAFT DOCUMENT FOR PUBLIC REVIEW

HOW TO COMMENT

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017.   Please submit comments to:

E-Mail: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov

You may also send your comments to:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384

For more information on the catch share review, please see the five-year review webpage.  If you have questions, contact the staff officer for trawl catch shares: Dr. Jim Seger (Jim.Seger@noaa.gov) phone: (503) 820-2280 ext. 416 or toll free (866) 806-7204, ext. 416.

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September 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2017 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.

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Control Date Announced for Gear Switching in the Groundfish Trawl Fishery

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Council may be considering a modification to its policy that allows vessels with trawl permits to gear switch and use gears other than trawl to catch their trawl quota.  In relation to a possible limitation on gear switching, the Council adopted September 15, 2017 as a control date. Such a control date provides public notice that if the Council adopts restrictions on gear switching it may or may not provide credit for activity after that date in establishing that limitation. A Federal Register notice will be published with a full explanation of the control date.

The Council has a listing of control dates on our “Control Dates” webpage.

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PRELIMINARY SEPTEMBER 2017 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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.

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