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Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Update Review Meeting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a review of the 2016 Pacific sardine stock assessment update, for use in setting harvest management and specifications for the July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 fishing year. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday March 10, 2016, in Sacramento, California. The meeting is open to the public.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review an updated stock assessment of the Pacific sardine resource. The next full assessment is scheduled for 2017. The Scientific and Statistical Committee Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) subcommittee will conduct the review, and one member each from the CPS Management Team and CPS Advisory Subpanel will serve as advisers. The Council will set harvest specifications and management measures at its April 9-14, 2016 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento
Yuba River Room
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, California 95815
Telephone 916-929-8855
Driving Directions

Additional Information

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the meetings, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Winter 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. 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, Winter 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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“The Line” December 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 3, December 2015 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, December 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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November 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting. It also includes a listing of the membership appointments that were made at the November 2015 meeting (see “Administrative Matters”, starting on page 8 of the Decision Summary Document).

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November 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The November 2015 Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 8:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Saturday, November 14, 2015 through Thursday, November 19, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at approximately 6:00 PM PT 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 November 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

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

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The November 14-19, 2015 Webinar ID is: 145-232-603
  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).  Since 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 1-951-266-6126; phone audio access code 925-719-732 (not a toll-free number); 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 three 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.

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CANCELED: Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinars

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The CPSAS webinar has been canceled. The CPSAS is scheduled to meet November 13-14 at the Council meeting in Garden Grove, California, and will consider November Council meeting agenda items at that time.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene two webinar meetings, of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS). The meetings are open to the public. The primary purpose of the meetings are to discuss agenda items on the November Council meeting and to discuss future meeting plans.

Dates and Times of Webinars

The CPSMT webinar will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The CPSAS webinar will be held Monday, November 2, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information on how to participate is below. Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT and CPSAS Chairs.

To Attend the CPSMT October 27 Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID:  116-489-315
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 182-506-341
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

CANCELED: To Attend the CPSAS November 2 Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID:  136-056-195
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (646) 307-1720 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 652-211-077
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information and 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 WebinarApps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station for each webinar will also be provided at the Council office, which is physically accessible to people with disabilities:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSMT webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.

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November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 13‐19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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2015 Pacific Sardine Distribution Workshop Final Report available; Comments due October 16, 2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The 2015 Pacific Sardine Distribution Workshop Final Report is now available

The report will be considered by the Council at its November 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, California, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 15.  Anyone wishing to submit comments on the report should send their comments via email to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov, no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015, for inclusion in the advance briefing book materials.  Any questions should be directed to Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409.

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Council Seeking Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms (nominations due no later than October 16)

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues for the 2016-2018 term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than October 16, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s webpage “Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.

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Public Comment Deadline for the November 2015 Briefing Book

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – November 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 16, 2015, 11:59 pm deadline, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, November 4 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

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