Council Meetings: Current (or Next) Meeting

March 7-13, 2017 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 7-13, 2017 in Vancouver, Washington. Advisory bodies will start Tuesday, March 7. The Council session will start on Wednesday, March 8 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, ecosystem, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Listed below are some key agenda items, which include Council considerations to:

  • Adopt a Range of Alternatives for the 2017 Ocean Salmon Fisheries for Public Review.
  • Adopt Pacific Halibut Retention Limit Public Review Alternatives for Salmon Troll Fishery for 2017 and April 2018.
  • Adopt Final Pacific Halibut Retention Limits for 2017 Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery.
  • Adopt Recommendations for Inseason Adjustments, Including Carryover, to 2017 Groundfish Fisheries, as Necessary.
  • Adopt a Final Preferred Alternative for Authorizing a Federal Limited Entry Permit for the California Large Mesh Drift Gillnet Fishery.
  • Initiate New Fishery Ecosystem Plan Initiatives.

Proposed Detailed Agenda and Meeting Notice

Briefing Book

Meeting Location

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet March 7-13, 2017 in Vancouver, Washington, USA at the following location:

Hilton Vancouver Washington
301 W. Sixth Street
Vancouver, WA 98660 USA
Phone: 360-993-4500

Public Comment Deadline – March 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the February 7, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”