Coastal Pelagic Species blog

NMFS Releases Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has released its regional electronic technology implementation plans.  The West Coast plan is available here.

NOAA Fisheries is figuring out how technology such as on-board cameras, tablets, and electronic logbooks can be used to monitor fishing activity and report catch. One idea is to supplement human observers with digital video cameras and software capable of measuring and identifying different species of fish.

NOAA Fisheries has supported over 30 pilot projects that experiment with new technologies.  They have created regional plans to identify, evaluate, and prioritize implementation of promising electronic technologies that improve our knowledge of the fisheries and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process.  Click below to read plans for other regions:

These plans are works-in-progress and part of an ongoing process to improve the timeliness and quality of our fisheries information. Aiding this process are a series of white papers, an internal policy directive, and a draft discussion paper of advice and best practices to inform the public conversation about emerging technologies in fisheries reporting and monitoring.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS), which is open to the public. The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop supplemental reports, if needed, relevant to the March 2015 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Topics may include the Unmanaged Forage Fish Initiative final action, Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives, California Current Ecosystem and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment report, legislative matters, National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Strategic Plan, and the U.S. Coast Guard Enforcement Report.  The 2015 meeting schedule and pending activities may also be discussed, on an informational basis.  Neither the CPSMT nor the CPSAS are convening at the Council meeting, necessitating this webinar.

New! Agenda

  • Proposed DRAFT Agenda; CPSMT and CPSAS Webinar, January 29, 2015 (Please note, this draft agenda may be modified based on input from the CPSMT or CPSAS)

Date and Time of Webinar

The webinar will be held on January 29, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., or until business for the day is concluded.  Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT and CPSAS Chairs.  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:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 140-924-379
  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 1-702-489-0004 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 326-053-230; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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
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 503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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

NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective January 28, 2015. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published December 29, 2014.

For further information, please contact: Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494; Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328; Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824–5312; Elizabeth Petras, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–3238; Brent Norberg, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–6550; Kim Rivera, Alaska Region, 907–586–7424; Nancy Young, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5156.

“The Line”, summary of West Coast fisheries news, December 2014 version available online

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

Coastal Pelagic Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document available

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Status of the Pacific Coast Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery; Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE), dated December 2014 is now available on the Council’s website. Please visit the CPS SAFE document webpage to download the document.

Presidential Task Force on combating IUU recommendations released, comments due by January 20, 2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released its recommendations for establishing a comprehensive framework to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations are now available as published in the December 18, 2014 Federal Register notice and open for a 30-day comment period, specifically seeking input and guidance on how to implement them. The comment period begins on December 18, 2014, and closes on January 20, 2015.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Carrie Selberg, NOAA, (301) 427-8021; or visit NOAA Fisheries IUU Task Force webpage.

November 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

November 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the November 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.

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.


  • 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