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.

ODFW looking to contract with vessels for the 2015 monitoring field season

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking to contract with local vessels for the 2015 field season to assist with scientific monitoring. Applications are now available to bid on contracts for hook-n-line surveys. The surveys will be conducted this spring and fall. Applications and information is available on the ODFW website. You may also contact Keith Matteson at (541) 867-7701 x225 or Keith.M.Matteson@state.or.us for more information.

The above information is posted as a courtesy to ODFW.

Agenda available for ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group webinar

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, which is open to the public. A proposed draft agenda is now available for that webinar. Continue reading for the agenda and webinar information

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council; see the ODFW resources website for further information.

Anyone interested in being considered, or wishing to nominate someone, must contact Cyreis Schmitt, ODFW, at 541-867-4741 or cyreis.c.schmitt@state.or.us no later than February 13, 2015.

UPDATED! Location Change for First Day of the Meeting; agenda available for the February 4-6, 2015 HMSMT meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Wednesday, February 4 to Friday, February 6, 2015, which is open to the public. An agenda is now available for that meeting, as well as new information regarding the location of the first day of the meeting.

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NOAA Fisheries seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee (WCPFC)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a notice seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the US Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The request for nominations is attached here for your reference. Nominations for membership must be received no later than March 2, 2015.

For more information please view the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/14/2015-00412/nominations-for-the-western-and-central-pacific-fisheries-commission-permanent-advisory-committee.

For further information, please contact:  Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-725-5036; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov.

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries PIRO.

Notice of availability: groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2015-2016 and biennial periods thereafter

Friday, January 16th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability for the following document: “Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 2015-2016 and Biennial Periods Thereafter; Includes the Reorganization of Groundfish Stock Complexes, Designation of Ecosystem Component Species and Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to Establish a Process for Determining Default Harvest Specifications; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)”. Visit the Council’s groundfish website for the FEIS document, the notice of availability, instructions on how to comment, and who to contact for further information.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Reminder: Deadline for EFPs for swordfish and other highly migratory species is February 9, 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch.

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