Materials available for the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel’s March 3, 2015 webinar

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, which is open to the public. A proposed draft agenda and other meeting materials are now available for that webinar. Continue reading for the agenda, meeting materials and webinar information

Salmon Preseason Report I Available on Council’s Website

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2015 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

Historical Data Document for Salmon Fisheries Updated

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Historical Data Document for salmon fisheries and runs was just updated. This document has four parts: (1) ocean effort and landings, (2) freshwater spawning escapement and catch, (3) ocean fishing regulations, and (4) economic information on salmon fisheries. The document provides the same information as Appendices A-D in the review of 2014 ocean salmon fisheries, but includes individual years as well as five-year averages for earlier years, and provides the data in excel spreadsheets so folks can more easily download and manipulate data for their own purposes. Visit the Salmon Historical Document webpage.

Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated. The Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has information on:

  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation Pending
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation on Hold
  • Council Deliberations In Progress
  • Longer Term Planning
  • Issues for Future Scoping
  • Other Issues Affecting the Trawl Fishery
  • Completed Trailing Actions

March 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Briefing Book for the March 2015 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. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

2016 Council Meeting Schedule

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

2016 Council Meeting Schedule

NMFS Releases Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has released its regional electronic technology implementation plans. The West Coast plan is available here.

NOAA Fisheries is figuring out how technology such as on-board cameras, tablets, and electronic logbooks can be used to monitor fishing activity and report catch. One idea is to supplement human observers with digital video cameras and software capable of measuring and identifying different species of fish.

NOAA Fisheries has supported over 30 pilot projects that experiment with new technologies. They have created regional plans to identify, evaluate, and prioritize implementation of promising electronic technologies that improve our knowledge of the fisheries and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process. Click below to read plans for other regions:

These plans are works-in-progress and part of an ongoing process to improve the timeliness and quality of our fisheries information. Aiding this process are a series of white papers, an internal policy directive, and a draft discussion paper of advice and best practices to inform the public conversation about emerging technologies in fisheries reporting and monitoring.

Review of 2014 Ocean Salmon Fisheries available online

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Council’s annual review of 2014 ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.

Materials available for Enforcement Consultants webinar

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Enforcement Consultants (EC) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, which is open to the public. A proposed draft agenda and other meeting materials are now available for that webinar. Continue reading for the agenda, meeting materials and webinar information

Shoreside whiting season date proposed rule publishes

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Council has recommended moving the shorebased sector primary whiting season opening date to May 15 for all areas north of 40o30’ N. Latitude. Implementation is expected by May 2015. On February 17, 2015, the proposed rule published. The deadline for comment on the proposed rule and accompanying EA is March 19, 2015.