Council Meetings: Current (or Next) Meeting
March 7-13, 2014 Council Meeting
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 7-13, 2014 in Sacramento, California to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, and habitat matters. The March meeting of the Council and its advisory entities will be held at the following location:
DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-929-8855 or 800-686-3775
- Listen to the Live Council Meeting Audio Stream
- Download the PDF version of the March 2014 Meeting Notice and Agenda (includes April 2014 single-page agenda graphic)
Key agenda items for the March meeting include Council considerations to:
- Adopt a range of alternatives for the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries for public review.
- Provide guidance for submitting comments on the Sacramento winter Chinook harvest control rule.
- Adopt public review options for 2014 incidental catch recommendations for Pacific halibut in salmon troll and sablefish fisheries.
- Consider biennial harvest specifications for 2015-2016 and beyond groundfish fisheries, including final remaining overfishing limits, and review the status of the fishery management plan amendment to improvement the groundfish management process.
- Adopt inseason adjustments to the current groundfish fishery.
- Approve bycatch mortality rates associated with barotrauma reduction devices in groundfish fisheries.
- Consider recommendations on international management activities for North Pacific albacore tuna.
- Provide guidance for implementation of vessel monitoring systems in highly migratory species fisheries.
- Consider temperature parameter changes for Pacific sardine fishery level triggers.
Please refer to the detailed draft proposed agenda for a complete list of issues to be addressed. A schedule of advisory group meetings is provided on the last pages of the agenda. Copies of briefing materials prepared for the meeting can be found on the March 2014 briefing book webpage.
April 3-10, 2014 Council Meeting
The Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 3-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, ecosystem-based management, and essential fish habitat matters.
Key agenda items for the April meeting include Council considerations to:
- Adopt final 2014 ocean salmon fisheries regulations.
- Adopt final 2014 incidental catch recommendations for Pacific halibut in salmon troll fisheries.
- Consider action to further development of the groundfish fishery electronic monitoring program, including preliminary approval of experimental fishing permits.
- Take final action on restructuring stock complexes for groundfish stocks.
- Adopt preliminary preferred alternatives for management measures for groundfish fisheries in 2015-2016 and beyond.
- Consider inseason adjustments to the current groundfish fishery.
- Approve an experimental fishing permit in the 2014 coastal pelagic species fishery.
- Adopt management measures for the 2014-15 sardine fishery.
Please refer to the April 2014 single-page graphic for a complete list of issues to be addressed. A schedule of advisory group meetings is provided on the bottom of the graphic. A detailed draft proposed agenda will be posted on the Council’s website at least two weeks prior to the meeting.
Meeting Arrangements and Public Comment Guidelines
All meetings are open to the public, except for a closed executive session scheduled for 8 AM on Saturday, March 8 and for 8 AM on Saturday, April 5 to discuss litigation and personnel matters. For more information on the meetings, refer to the proposed detailed agenda for the March meeting and the proposed agenda graphic for the April meeting. Information is also available for both meetings on the Council website http://www.pcouncil.org or by calling the Council office at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 toll free.
The public is encouraged to comment, either verbally at the meeting or in writing. Timing of agenda items may change as the meeting progresses, and items not completed on the scheduled day will be carried over to later in the meeting, usually the next day.
Oral Public Comments
Oral public comments will be accepted during the meeting prior to action on each agenda item.
Written Public Comments
- Written public comments are accepted by the Council at any time. However, the public is encouraged to submit written comments as far in advance of the meeting as possible.
- For the March meeting, comments received by 11:59 p.m. February 16, 2014 will be included in the briefing books mailed to Council members prior to the meeting. Comments received after February 16 but by 11:59 p.m. March 2, 2014 will be distributed to Council members at the onset of the meeting.
- For the April meeting, comments received by 11:59 p.m. March 19, 2014 will be included in the briefing books mailed to Council members prior to the meeting. Comments received after March 19 but by 11:59 p.m. March 30, 2014 will be distributed to Council members at the onset of the meeting.
- If you cannot meet the latter deadlines for each meeting, but would like your written comments distributed to Council members when you testify at the meeting, please bring 40 copies to the meeting with the Agenda Item Topic Number in the upper right corner of the front page of each copy. Refer to the attached agendas for the topic numbers; i.e. Agenda Item C.1 refers to public comment under Open Comment.
- If available, electronic copies of public comment can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Electronic copies facilitate posting to our website and use on CD-ROM.
These meetings are open to the public and physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 at least five days prior to the meeting date.