Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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 September 15, 2015. The appointee will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the term. Nominations must be received by December 31, 2013.
The Federal Register Notice and 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-13-20.pdf
If you have further questions, please contact the NMFS Groundfish Branch at (206) 526-6140.
Monday, November 25th, 2013
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces publication of the Compliance Guide for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program, Program Improvement and Enhancement Rule (PIE 2).
Hard copies of this compliance guide will be mailed to:
- All limited entry permit owners (including Mothership endorsed, Mothership/ Catcher Vessel endorsed, and Catcher/ Processor endorsed),
- All vessel owners with a vessel currently registered to a limited entry permit,
- All quota share permit owners,
- All vessel account owners, and
- All first receivers with a current first receiver site license.
Additionally, the compliance guide is now available online here:
NMFS also announces a PIE 2 “goto meeting” workshop, which will be held December 11, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm PST. This workshop will be comprised of a conference call-in line and an online presentation. The presentation will consist of an online QS trading tutorial, and a presentation regarding the other regulatory changes implemented by PIE 2. This will be followed by a question and answer session. Attendance is limited, and will be managed on a “first come, first served” basis. If there is sufficient demand, additional workshops will be scheduled.
If you would like to attend the PIE 2 workshop, please RSVP to Ariel Jacobs, (206) 526-4491, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, November 18th, 2013
Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated per the Council decisions from the November 2013 meeting. New section regarding the Trailing Actions Implemented December 15, 2013 and January 1, 2014 added.
Friday, November 15th, 2013
Download The Line, Volume 2, No. 5, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the November 2013 PFMC meeting.
You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.
Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2280 ext. 418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 1-6, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.
Friday, November 8th, 2013
The Council considered sablefish projections for 2014 and adopted the following landing limits:
- Establish sablefish trip limits for limited entry fixed-gear north of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “950 lb/week, not to exceed 2,850 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
- Establish sablefish trip limits for open access fixed-gear north of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 800 lb, not to exceed 1,600 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
- Establish sablefish trip limits for limited entry fixed-gear south of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “2,000 lb/week” for Periods 1 through 6.
- Establish sablefish trip limits for open access fixed-gear south of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 1,600 lb, not to exceed 3,200 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
Thursday, October 17th, 2013
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Annual Banquet will be held (in conjunction with the November 1-6, 2013 Council meeting) on Friday, November 1, 2013; 6 p.m.
The Banquet honorees are: Ray Conser, Marion Larkin, Duncan MacLean, Vicki Nomura, Marija Vojkovich, and Steve Williams. Please join us to thank them for their contributions to west coast fisheries management through their work for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.
Reservations need to be made with Ms. Renee Dorval (Renee.Dorval@noaa.gov) or call the Council office at 503-820-2280 no later than Monday, October 28, 2013 COB. The cost of $20 per person will be collected at the door.
Download a PDF version of the November 1, 2013 Banquet Form.
Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
The Briefing Book for the November 2013 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.
Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
The Pacific Fishery Management Council office will remain open during the Federal government shutdown, and scheduled meetings will continue to take place. Please call our main number of 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 with any questions.