Informational Meeting for Fishing Community on Wave Energy Project at Camp Rilea

Monday, October 26th, 2015

OWET (Oregon Wave Energy Trust) will be hosting a community meeting on behalf of the various project partners including Resolute Marine Energy (RME), the Oregon Military Department (OMD), Camp Rilea, Clatsop County, with members of the local fishing community.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

OMD has begun working with RME as they begin planning towards a demonstration deployment of their nearshore wave energy device near Camp Rilea. This will be RME’s third ocean deployment of their bottom mounted wave flapper device, providing the company with valuable data and validation of the technology in a highly energetic environment. At the same time, this first deployment at Camp Rilea, currently planned for the spring of 2016, allows the military to explore strategies to meet its Net Zero initiatives.

The purpose of this meeting is to ensure local fishing community members are aware of and informed about the proposed RME demonstration project, and have an opportunity to provide input and advice into the planning process. Our goal is to discuss basic parameters for the project that balance military and developer goals for the deployment with information from the community about what will minimize potential impacts and maximize the success of the project as a learning opportunity for all involved.

Agenda: Introductions
Presentation by OMD/Camp Rilea
Presentation by Bill Staby, CEO, RME
Questions and discussion

When: October 28, 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: El Compadre Restaurant
119 S Main Avenue
Warrenton, OR 97146
503-861-2906

Nancy Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
Oregon Salmon Commission
Oregon Albacore Commission
P.O. Box 983
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-994-2647 Ph/Fax
www.oregonsalmon.org
www.oregonalbacore.org

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Agenda and meeting materials available for the Highly Migratory Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel November 3, 2015 webinar

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

We have posted an agenda and meeting materials for the upcoming Highly Migratory Species Management Team and Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel webinar on North Pacific Albacore Management Strategy Evaluation Recommendations; get the downloads and the meeting notice at: http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=38962

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Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of Pacific Council News (revised; supplemental deadline and table of HMS caps were corrected) is now available on the Council’s website. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, Fall 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 13‐19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Tuesday, October 13th, 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
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September 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 11-16, 2015 in Sacramento, California. The September 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting.

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Updated September 21, 2015: NMFS Salmon Fishery Regulations Booklet Available Online

Monday, September 21st, 2015

NMFS has revised 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:

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.
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California Large Mesh Drift Gillnet Fishery Management Final Preferred Alternatives

Monday, September 14th, 2015

At its September 2015 meeting the Council adopted the following final preferred alternatives for management of the California large mesh drift gillnet fishery. National Marine Fisheries Service will implement these measures in regulations with a desired implementation date of the beginning of the 2016/2017 fishing season.  For more information on this action and the alternatives see the Preliminary Draft Environmental Assessment.

High Priority Protected Species Hard Caps

For the California large-mesh drift net fishery the Council adopted two-year rolling hard caps for high priority protected species based on observed mortality / injury. When observer/monitoring coverage is less than 75% the caps are as follows:

High priority Protected Species Two-year hard caps based on observed mortality / injury
Fin whale 2
Humpback whale 2
Sperm whale 2
Leatherback sea turtle 2
Loggerhead sea turtle 2
Olive ridley sea turtle 2
Green turtle 2
Short-fin pilot whale C/O/W 4
Common bottlenose dolphin C/O/W 4
  • When observer coverage reaches 75% or higher the Council will revisit the above hard cap values
  • Hard caps are based on and aligned with the fishing season (May 1-January 31).
  • The fishery would automatically close when any cap is reached or exceeded
  • Hard caps assume 30% observer coverage and would be applied to any mortality / injury regardless of the time of year.
  • Caps would not change mid-season.
  • Caps are informed by incidental take statements (ITS) in relevant biological opinions or estimates of potential biological removal (PBR) for marine mammals but are not directly tied to them. Changes in ITS/PBR do not automatically require a change to caps. The Council has the ability to revisit caps at its discretion, but does not have to automatically revisit caps due to changes in ITS/PBR.

Performance Objectives for Non-ESA-listed Marine Mammals and Finfish

Non-ESA-listed marine mammals

Species Annual performance metrics based on estimated total mortality/serious injury extrapolated from observer data
Minke whale 5
Short beaked common dolphin 66
Long beaked common dolphin 24
Risso’s dolphin 7
California sea lion 97
Northern elephant seal 6
Northern right whale dolphin 11
Gray whale 5
Pacific white-sided dolphin 22

Finfish

The performance metric in a single fishing season is a total finfish retention rate of 70% based on the following calculation: retained catch / (retained catch + dead and unknown discards).

For the following finfish species / species groups the annual performance objectives are based on estimated total encounters (all retained catch plus all bycatch):

Finfish Species Group Annual performance objectives based on average annual total estimated encounters
Billfish (other than swordfish) 26
Prohibited sharks (megamouth, basking, white) 2
Hammerhead sharks 4
Manta Ray 2

Fishery Monitoring

Maintain the 30% target observer coverage level at a minimum and/or require electronic monitoring (for the purpose of catch and bycatch accounting). Remove the unobservable vessel exemption. Achieve 100% monitoring by 2018.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT SEPTEMBER 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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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Reminder! Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. 

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