Highly Migratory Species: Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear

Until further notice, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is accepting applications for exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to test deep-set buoy gear for review at all future meetings that include highly migratory species (HMS) topics on the agenda. HMS topics are typically scheduled for the March, June, September, and November Council meetings.   This decision waives the regular schedule described in Council Operating Procedure 20 (COP 20), although the other provisions of this procedure will still apply.

According to the newly revised COP 20, completed applications for EFPs must be received before the advance briefing book public comment deadline for each Council meeting.

2017 Deadlines for Submitting Applications

 Application Form

The Council has created a deep-set buoy gear EFP application form to make it easier to complete an application. The application form was updated in July 2017. If you have already submitted an application using the old format you do not need to resubmit your application on the new form.  Before filling out the application please read the instructions and review the descriptive attachments.

Your application needs to include enough information for the Council to assess whether your activity will provide information useful to the future authorization of a deep-set buoy gear fishery.  You are welcome to provide additional rationale and discussion in support of your application in a cover letter or attached pages.  Once submitted by the deadline, the Council will review the application at its next meeting.  The Council will then either recommend that NMFS approve the application or it may request you submit more information in a revised application for review at a future meeting.  If the Council recommends permit issuance your application will be passed on to NMFS for processing.  To get a general idea of how the Council will review these applications read COP 20.  This may help you decide what information to put in your application.

Additional information

Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email but must be received by the above deadline:

Mailing address:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Attn: HMS EFP Application
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220

Fax:
Attn: HMS EFP Application (503) 820-2299

Email:
pfmc.comments@noaa.gov
Put “HMS EFP application” in the subject line

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with members of the Council’s Highly Migratory Management Team (HMSMT), Council staff, or National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) staff when preparing an application. The HMSMT roster lists contact information for its members. Dr. Kit Dahl is the point of contact for Council staff; phone: (503) 820-2422 (toll-free 1-866-806-7204). Mr. Chris Fanning is the point of contact at the NMFS West Coast Region; phone: (562) 980-4198.