Friday, April 12th, 2013
June 2013 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines
Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book
Public comment materials received by 11:59 pm, May 28, 2013, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”
Supplemental Public Comment Deadline
Public comments or materials received at the Council office after May 28 but by 11:59 pm, June 12 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”
See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.
Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
The following DRAFT salmon management measures tables were adopted by the Council at their April 2013 meeting and will be published in Preseason Report III (tentatively scheduled for April 22). Please keep in mind the tables are DRAFT until implemented as Federal Regulations.
See the 2013 salmon season press release here.
Thursday, April 4th, 2013
NMFS issued advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to provide background information and request public comment on potential issues related to the implementation of the Billfish Conservation Act of 2012. The public comment deadline is July 12, 2013.
The Billfish Conservation Act of 2012 (BCA), Public Law 112-183, 16 U.S.C. 1827a, was signed into law on October 5, 2012. The BCA prohibits any person from offering billfish or billfish products for sale, selling them, or having custody, control, or possession of them for purposes of offering them for sale but exempts billfish caught by U.S. fishing vessels and landed in Hawaii or Pacific Insular Areas (as defined under the MSA).
For more information, read the Federal Register Notice.
Wednesday, March 27th, 2013
The Briefing Book for the April 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, March 26th, 2013
A Federal Register notice that published March 25 announced the Department of State is seeking applications and nominations for the renewal of the General Advisory Committee to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) as well as to a Scientific Advisory Subcommittee of the General Advisory Committee. The purpose of the General Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee is to provide public input and advice to the United States Section to the IATTC in the formulation of U.S. policy and positions at meetings of the IATTC and its subsidiary bodies.
David F. Hogan (Deputy Director, Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State) has indicated that the April 1 deadline in the notice is extended to April 5.
For more information consult the notice.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XC438 has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2013 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.
The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments on the proposed management Alternatives may be presented at public hearings (see “Salmon Public Hearings” for locations and dates). Additional comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office by 11:59 PM, March 31, 2013 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.
Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council. The hearings will take place March 25-26, 2013. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:
Monday, March 25, 2013
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
Monday, March 25, 2013
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Red Lion Eureka
Humboldt Bay Room
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
These hearings are 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 public hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280; toll free 1-866-806-7204.
Tuesday, March 12th, 2013
The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 7-11, 2013 in Tacoma, Washington. The March 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.
Thursday, February 28th, 2013
The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2013 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.
For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280 ext. 414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013
The Briefing Book for the March 2013 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Current 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.