Friday, May 10th, 2013
Washington, D.C., May 9, 2013 — The Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 conference wrapped up on a successful note, with conference participants developing 128 recommendations for improving fishery sustainability. Please see the full Press Release dated May 9, 2013.
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Saturday, May 4th, 2013
The PFMC announces a Request for Proposals to modify Pacific Coast groundfish essential fish habitat. The Council’s Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee has completed Phase 1 of the EFH review, and will consider proposals during Phase 2.
The following documents should be used as a basis for any proposals to modify groundfish EFH:
- EFHRC Phase 1 Report, Including Addendum
- EFH Data Portal
- NMFS Synthesis Report
- NMFS Synthesis Report Appendices
Please refer to the RFP for any further questions.
Monday, April 29th, 2013
Download The Line, Volume 2, No. 2, 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 reports on the decisions made at the April 2013 PFMC meeting.
If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2013, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), on April 22.
NMFS proposes to reclassify the ‘‘CA thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet’’ fishery from Category II to Category I. NMFS has observed this fishery from 2005 through 2010 at coverage levels ranging from 11.9% to 20.9%. NMFS reclassified this fishery from Category III to Category II on the 2012 LOF. NMFS has observed this fishery from 2005 through 2010 at coverage levels ranging from 11.9% to 20.9%. NMFS reclassified this fishery from Category III to Category II on the 2012 LOF.
Category I fisheries have been found to cause frequent incidental mortality or serious injury of marine mammals.
For more information see the Federal Register notice.
Monday, April 22nd, 2013
Preseason Report III Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations, published April 2013, is available on the Council’s website. Visit the Preseason Report III webpage to download the document.
Friday, April 19th, 2013
NMFS announces a combined meeting of the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee (SAS) and the General Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) on May 15, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT (or until business is concluded). The meeting will be held at the NMFS Long Beach office: 501 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Please notify Ms. Heidi Taylor, Southwest Region, NMFS, (562) 980-4039) prior to May 10, 2013, of your plans to attend either meeting, or interest in a teleconference option.
Read the Federal Register Notice dated April 19, 2013 .
Tuesday, April 16th, 2013
The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 6-11, 2013 in Portland, Oregon. The April 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.