Monday, January 13th, 2014
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recently announced two conference calls of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC). Both conference calls will be open to the public, in addition to a public listening station available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council offices. The conference calls will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, February 4, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Please note, the online webinar is available to the public in “listen only mode”.
To join either conference call via webinar, follow these instructions:
- Join the meeting by visiting this link:
- Enter the Webinar ID: 219-351-991
- Please enter your name and email address (required)
Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset. If you do not have a headset or speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-480-297-0021 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 158-297-195; audio pin shown after joining the webinar.
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 Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280 for technical assistance.
The Public Listening Station is located at:
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.
For further information about the EFHRC work session, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013
The NOAA Fisheries announces the publication of a compliance guide for cost recovery in the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program. New requirements are effective January 10, 2014. The Compliance Guide can be downloaded from the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region website: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/cost-recovery-compliance-guide.pdf.
Question regarding the program? Contact the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Groundfish Policy and Regulations Branch at: Phone: 206-526-6140 Fax: 206-526-6736
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
The Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee (JTC) will meet on January 13-14, 2014 at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Draft agenda items include: a summary of data and the assessment model; Draft 2013 Pacific Hake/Whiting Stock Assessment discussion; and decision making.
Monday, January 13: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and
Tuesday, January 14: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
4242 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
For further information, please contact the Groundfish Branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region at 206-526-6140; or visit their Pacific Whiting Treaty webpage.
Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
As announced in the Federal Register on December 18, 2013, NOAA Fisheries announces the reapportionment of 30,000 mt of Pacific whiting from the tribal allocation to the non-tribal commercial fishery allocations. This action is intended to allow for full utilization of the resource. The rule is effective December 18, 2013, until December 31, 2013, unless modified, superseded or rescinded. The reapportionment of whiting is applicable September 18, 2013 until December 31, 2013.
If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Kevin C. Duffy (West Coast Region, NMFS), phone: 206-526-4743, fax: 206-526-6736 and email: Kevin.Duffy@noaa.gov.
Tuesday, December 17th, 2013
View/download the Proposed Agenda for the January 22-24, 2013, Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting at the Southwest Fisheries Science Center, La Jolla, California.
Wednesday, December 11th, 2013
At its September 2011 meeting, the Council adopted a cost recovery program structure. Download the complete description of the Council’s recommendations on Cost Recovery. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule on cost recovery on February 1, 2013 and a final rule on December 11, 2013, to be effective January 10, 2014.
You may also download the NMFS West Coast Region, December 11, 2013 Public Notice for further information, including information regarding a “How To” online workshop that will be held January 7, 2014.
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.