2017 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and Annual Regulation Changes

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The Council adopted for public review, proposed changes to the 2017 Area 2A Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual fishing regulations. The changes are specific to the Washington and Oregon recreational fisheries and are described in the reports provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item I.1.a, Supplemental WDFW Report, September, 2016) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item I.1.a, ODFW Report, September, 2016).

No changes were proposed for the Southern Oregon or California sub-area recreational fisheries, or any commercial fisheries.  The same approach to establish the California recreational season structure and inseason management processes used in 2016, as described in the current Catch Sharing Plan (Agenda Item I.1, Attachment 1, September 2016), will be used in 2017.

The Council is scheduled to adopt the final changes to the 2017 CSP and annual fishing regulations at their November 13-21 meeting in Garden Grove, California. Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. For more information on submitting public comment, please see the instructions on how to submit public comments.

For further information, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at (503) 820-2426; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 426.

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Notice of availability: Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

Friday, September 30th, 2016

As published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016, NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan for Secretarial review.

Background information and documents are available at the NMFS West Coast Region website or on our Amendment 27 webpage.

Instructions for submitting comments on the FMP Amendment are provided in the September 30, 2016 Federal Register notice. Comments on the FMP Amendment must be received on or before November 29, 2016.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Gretchen Hanshew, phone: 206–526–6147, fax: 206–526–6736, or email: Gretchen.Hanshew@noaa.gov.

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September 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 15-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2016 Council Meeting Decisions 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 Decisions Summary Document.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT SEPTEMBER 2016 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, September 16th, 2016

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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September 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The September 2016 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016: beginning at approximately 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 8:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics, please see the September 2016 agenda.

Please Note:  The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person.  We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet outages, GoToMeeting service issues, power outages, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The September 15-20, 2016 Webinar ID is: 132-423-419
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s speakers (VoIP) or telephone. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices). This is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-213-929-4212 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 447-457-678; then enter the Audio Pin: Shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • 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 send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately five business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Proposed Rule to Implement Electronic Monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

NMFS is accepting public comments on the proposed rule to implement electronic monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery until October 6, 2016. See the proposed rule (link below) for instructions on how to submit comments.

Downloads and Links

Copies of the regulatory amendment and draft analysis prepared by the Council are available from:

Mr. Chuck Tracy, Executive Director
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220–1384

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Notice of availability: Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

As published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2016, NMFS has completed a Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ.

Written comments on the draft EA should be submitted to:

Sustainable Fisheries Division
National Marine Fisheries Service
501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200
Long Beach, CA 90802

Comments may also be submitted by email to RegionalAdministrator.WCRHMS@noaa.gov.  NOAA is accepting public comments through 5:00 p.m. (PST), October 3, 2016.

The EA is available for review from the NMFS’ West Coast
Region Web site: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/nepa/HMS/longline_efp_draft-ea_hms_sept16.pdf.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff:
Amber Rhodes (phone: 562–980–3231; email: Amber.Rhodes@noaa.gov) or Chris Fanning (phone: 562–980–4198; email: Chris.Fanning@noaa.gov), Long Beach, CA.

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September 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the September 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 2016 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. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

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New! Handout materials available for the upcoming public hearings on the “Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program”

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is undertaking a review of its:

  • trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish fishery management plan [FMP]), and
  • intersector allocations (including Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).

Both the catch share program and intersector allocations went into place at the start of 2011 and review is required five years after implementation.

New! Hearing handout materials have been added on the Council’s “Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program” webpage.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar, September 8, 2016, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council)  Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting by webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is concluded.

Webinar Purpose

The primary purpose of the webinar is for the HMSMT to work on reports for the September 12-20, 2016, Council meeting.  The HMSMT discussion of HMS items on the Council agenda are 1) Update on International Issues, 2) Exempted Fishing Permits, 3) Biennial Harvest Specifications and Management Measures, 4) Deep-Set Buoy Gear Exempted Fishing Permit Criteria to Advance Gear Authorization, and 5) Federal Drift Gillnet Permit Amendment.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 157-057-235
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  832-921-033;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are required to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information and System Requirements

  • 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the HMSMT.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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