Agenda now available for the HMSAS June 4, 2014 Webinar

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the HMSAS June 4, 2014 webinar.

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UPDATED NMFS Salmon regulations booklet available

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

NMFS has updated their “online” salmon fishery regulations booklet. This booklet provides fishermen with a quick reference guide to the Federal regulations governing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles off shore) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The booklet is available by:

Please note fishermen are advised to stay informed of inseason changes to the regulations and to consult Federal and/or State fishery management agencies for current information for the areas in which they are or will be fishing. State regulations, which may differ from Federal regulations, are in effect in State territorial waters (0-3 nautical miles off shore).

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Materials for June 11 Legislative Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Council’s Legislative Committee is holding a webinar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in order to discuss legislation related to reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The webinar is open to the public.

A proposed agenda, along with webinar materials, and a webinar user guide is now available for the Legislative Committee’s June 11, 2014 webinar.

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Groundfish Fishery Management Plan as Amended (May 2014)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

We have uploaded the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan as Amended (May 2014) on our Groundfish FMP webpage. In addition, you will also find the May 2014 version of Appendix F: Overfished Species Rebuilding Plans; see our Groundfish FMP Appendices webpage.

The Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan describes how the Council develops decisions for management of the groundfish fishery.

Please contact a groundfish staff officer at the Council if you have further questions:

Council Requests Comments on its Public Review Draft of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Permit Stacking Program Review

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Council has released its latest draft assessment of the sablefish permit stacking program for public review.  While not fully complete, the release of this draft document prior to the June briefing book distribution has been made to allow for more thorough review and timely comments by managers of and stakeholders in the sablefish fishery.

The preliminary assessment of the sablefish permit stacking program indicates it has substantially met most of the objectives intended by the Council when it was approved in 2000.  The review has also identified several questions for which the drafting team hopes constituents of the program may be able to shed some light on with their comments (see Section 5.2).

The Council is scheduled to consider final approval of the review on Monday, June 23rd, at its meeting in Garden Grove, California.  The public comment deadline for the Council’s June briefing book is May 23rd.  The deadline for supplemental comments (those distributed on the first day of the June Council meeting) is June 13. The drafting team for the review will continue to work toward completion of the assessment for the June meeting. To submit comment, you may email them to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov; or you may send or fax to the Council office (see addresses).

For further information or questions, refer to the Council’s April 2014 briefing book archive for Agenda Item C.6 http://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2014-briefing-book/#groundfishApr2014 or contact Mr. Jim Seger or Dr. John Coon of the Council staff.

The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, May 2014 version available online

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 1, May 2014, 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 March and April 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

NMFS Salmon Fishery Regulations Booklet Available Online

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

NMFS has posted their “online” salmon fishery regulations booklet. This booklet provides fishermen with a quick reference guide to the Federal regulations governing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles off shore) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The booklet is available by:

Please note fishermen are advised to stay informed of inseason changes to the regulations and to consult Federal and/or State fishery management agencies for current information for the areas in which they are or will be fishing. State regulations, which may differ from Federal regulations, are in effect in State territorial waters (0-3 nautical miles off shore).

Actual notice of inseason changes to the Federal regulations will be provided as follows:

  • Ocean salmon hotline at (800) 662-9825 or (206) 526-6667. Recorded messages summarize inseason changes to date
  • U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts. Announcements on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz designate the channel or frequency over which the Notice to Mariners will be immediately broadcast
  • Inseason changes to the Federal regulations are also published in the Federal Register
  • Announcements will be emailed to “Salmonlist” subscribers. Visit the “Signup for the Salmon Fishery Management Listserve” webpage to be added to that email list.

NMFS Publishes Final Rule on 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Management Measures; Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Through this final rule NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2015 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2015. The rule also announces the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of implementing the 2014 ocean salmon management measures.

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For further information, please contact NMFS staff: Ms. Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323, or Ms. Heidi Taylor at 562-980-4039.

NOAA Releases Two Federal Fisheries Reports: Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013; Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, NOAA Fisheries Service released two reports that document positive trends in the sustainability of U.S. federally-managed fisheries. Both reports “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” and the “Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013” are available from the NOAA Fisheries Feature Stories webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries.

Council Considering Option to Require Electronic Reporting for Groundfish Open Access Deliveries of Sablefish

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As part of its review of the limited entry fixed gear program, the Council is considering a number of options which would create a Federal electronic landings reporting requirement for sablefish. The requirement would not be a replacement for state fish tickets but in addition to state fish ticket requirements. The alternatives being considered vary primarily in the scope of the landings covered. Alternatives 2 and 3 cover landings in the limited entry fixed gear fishery while Alternative 4 would also cover open access landings of sablefish. The Council discussed this issue at its April meeting and will select a final preferred alternative at its June meeting. One question raised in April was whether Alternative 4 would apply to any open access landing (directed or incidental) and whether there might be a minimum poundage threshold which would trigger the electronic reporting requirement. For further information see April briefing book materials for Agenda Item C.6: http://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2014-briefing-book/#groundfishApr2014