Coastal Pelagic Species blog

Request for proposal for Audit/Tax Services

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting proposals from qualified, independent certified public accountants that are capable of performing an A-133 compliant single audit for FY 2014 that is in compliance with the cost principles and standards set forth in Federal Office of Management and Budget Circulars A-110 (15 CFR Part 14), A-122 (2 CFR, Part 230), and A-133 (73 FR 7696, February 11, 2008).

For questions and RFP information, please contact Ms. Patricia Crouse at the Council office; phone 503-820-2408; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 408.

Notifications/Deadlines

  • November 10, 2014: Request for Proposals will be emailed/mailed to interested parties
  • December 12, 2014: Notice of Intent to submit RFP
  • January 14, 2015: Deadline for Proposals

November 12-19, 2014 Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to coastal pelagic species, groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, highly migratory species management, and habitat matters.

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

Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the November 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – November 2014 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY October 20, 2014, 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 comments or materials received at the Council office after October 20, but BY November 5 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.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), on Friday, November 7, 2014, which is open to the public.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop supplemental reports, if needed, relevant to the November Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California.  The CPSMT is not convening at the Council meeting, necessitating this webinar.

There are three topics the CPSMT may develop supplemental reports for: sardine harvest fraction environmental assessment, requests for CPS exempted fishing permits, and proposals for methodology review topics related to CPS.  A draft Environmental Assessment and a CPSMT report are included in the November briefing book materials.  The need for the webinar is in the case that additional comment or information is warranted, to help clarify issues or provide additional information.

The webinar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., or until business for the day is concluded.  Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.  There will be a listening station at the Council office, should any members of the public wish to attend.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 480-834-199
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-480-297-0022 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 282-398-804; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

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 or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

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

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 at503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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

The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, September 2014 version available online

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 3, September 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the September 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

Request for nominations for an at-large position on the Scientific and Statistical Committee

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for an at-large position on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2013-2015 Council advisory body term. At this time the Council is particularly interested in candidates experienced in groundfish stock assessments, ecosystem analyses, or economic/social analyses. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement and instructions on how to submit nominations.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Meeting October 8-9, 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), which is open to the public. The primary purpose of the meeting is to further develop the draft environmental assessment (EA) for Pacific sardine harvest fraction.

The CPSMT will continue work on the description of the alternatives, work on the analysis of alternatives, as well as other parts of the EA. In 2013, the Council initiated a process to consider using a new temperature index as well as a new temperature-recruitment relationship, in sardine harvest control rules. The analysis in the draft EA will help the Council make an informed decision when it takes final action at its November 2014 meeting.

The meeting will begin at 12:00 p.m. October 8, 2014, and at 8:00 a.m. on October 9, 2014. The meeting will adjourn each day at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed. Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific Conference Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
Driving Directions

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.

September 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 12-17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. The September 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

September 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the September 2014 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register dated August 25, 2014 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 24, 2014.