November 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the November 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 2016 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. The November 2016 briefing book webpage also contains information about the “Annual Banquet”.


Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Fall 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Boise, Idaho. 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, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.


Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016


RSVP for the PFMC’s Annual Banquet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Annual Banquet will be held (in conjunction with the November 13-21, 2016 Council meeting) on Wednesday, November 16, 20166 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California.  

The Banquet honorees are Dr. Donald McIsaac for his 16 years serving as the Executive Director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Council members include, Mr. Dave Ortmann, Mr. Dan Wolford, and Mr. Bob Turner.  Advisory body members include Dr. Sam Herrick, Dr. Pete Lawson, Mr. Doug Milward, and Ms. Sandy Zeiner.  Please join us in thanking them for their contributions to West Coast fisheries management through their work for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Reservations need to be made by filling out the November 2016 Banquet RSVP Form no later than Wednesday, November 9.

This is a cash only event and the cost of $20 per person will be collected at the door for a dinner ticket.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Renee Dorval at 503-820-2280 or toll free 866-806-7204.


2017 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and Annual Regulation Changes

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The Council adopted for public review, proposed changes to the 2017 Area 2A Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual fishing regulations. The changes are specific to the Washington and Oregon recreational fisheries and are described in the reports provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item I.1.a, Supplemental WDFW Report, September, 2016) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item I.1.a, ODFW Report, September, 2016).

No changes were proposed for the Southern Oregon or California sub-area recreational fisheries, or any commercial fisheries.  The same approach to establish the California recreational season structure and inseason management processes used in 2016, as described in the current Catch Sharing Plan (Agenda Item I.1, Attachment 1, September 2016), will be used in 2017.

The Council is scheduled to adopt the final changes to the 2017 CSP and annual fishing regulations at their November 13-21 meeting in Garden Grove, California. Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. For more information on submitting public comment, please see the instructions on how to submit public comments.

For further information, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at (503) 820-2426; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 426.


Notice of availability: Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

Friday, September 30th, 2016

As published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016, NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan for Secretarial review.

Background information and documents are available at the NMFS West Coast Region website or on our Amendment 27 webpage.

Instructions for submitting comments on the FMP Amendment are provided in the September 30, 2016 Federal Register notice. Comments on the FMP Amendment must be received on or before November 29, 2016.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Gretchen Hanshew, phone: 206–526–6147, fax: 206–526–6736, or email:


September 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 15-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2016 Council Meeting Decisions Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decisions Summary Document.



Friday, September 16th, 2016

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.



September 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The September 2016 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016: beginning at approximately 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 8:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete

Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics, please see the September 2016 agenda.

Please Note:  The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person.  We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet outages, GoToMeeting service issues, power outages, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The September 15-20, 2016 Webinar ID is: 132-423-419
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s speakers (VoIP) or telephone. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices). This is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-213-929-4212 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 447-457-678; then enter the Audio Pin: Shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately five business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.


NOAA Fisheries Announces a Proposed Rule to Implement Electronic Monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

NMFS is accepting public comments on the proposed rule to implement electronic monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery until October 6, 2016. See the proposed rule (link below) for instructions on how to submit comments.

Downloads and Links

Copies of the regulatory amendment and draft analysis prepared by the Council are available from:

Mr. Chuck Tracy, Executive Director
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220–1384