Tuesday, January 31st, 2017
The Status of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE), dated December 16 is now available on the Council’s website. Please visit the Groundfish SAFE document webpage to download the document.
Monday, January 30th, 2017
Monday, January 23rd, 2017
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking nominations to the Permanent Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The Permanent Advisory Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the WCPFC. Each appointed member of the Permanent Advisory Committee will serve for a term of 2 years and is eligible for reappointment. This request for nominations is for the term to begin on August 3, 2017, and is for a term of 2 consecutive years.
Nominations must be received no later than February 24, 2017. For information on how to submit nominations and the nomination process, please see the Federal Register notice dated January 10, 2017.
For information regarding the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, see the WCPFC’s website.
Saturday, January 14th, 2017
Thursday, January 12th, 2017
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.
This final rule is effective February 13, 2017. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published January 12, 2017.
For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:
- Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494
- Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
- Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
- Penny Ruvelas, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–4197
- Lynne Barre, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–4745
- Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
- Dawn Golden, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5000
Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017
Monday, December 19th, 2016
Notice of Availability
The Winter 2016-17 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Winter 2016-17 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Garden Grove, California. 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.
Monday, November 28th, 2016
The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2016 Council Meeting Decision 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 Decision Summary Document.
Monday, November 28th, 2016
On October 13, 2016, NMFS published a proposed rule to establish protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery, with comments due by November 28, 2016. However, in response to a request to extend the public comment period, NMFS has decided to extend the public comment period by an additional 30 calendar days, see the Federal Register notice published November 23, 2016 .
The deadline for receipt of comments on the proposed rule published on October 13, 2016 (81 FR 70660) has been extended to December 28, 2016. NMFS must receive written comments and information on or before December 28, 2016.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016
For your listening enjoyment, we have made available the MP3 files from our November 2016 PFMC Meeting on our website, please see the November 2016 Council Meeting archive.
Call or email Sandra at the Council office if you have questions or need assistance; 503-820-2419; Sandra.Krause@noaa.gov.