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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet Via Webinar

Monday, June 27th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) will hold a meeting via webinar to discuss potential management options for the northern anchovy.

The primary purpose of the webinar is to solicit comments and questions on a draft white paper being developed by the CPSMT.  The Council will consider the white paper at its September 15-20 meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinar

The webinar will be held Wednesday, August 3, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time. Information on how to participate is below. Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 129-062-251
  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 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 447-479-240; 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
503-820-2280
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 webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 409.

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April 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 9-14, 2016 in Vancouver, Washington. The April 2016 Council Meeting Decisions Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decisions Summary Document.

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Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of NOAA Fisheries, Visits Council on Anniversary of MSA

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of NOAA Fisheries, visited the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting today to observe the 40th anniversary of Federal fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Act and to discuss ongoing programs of National Marine Fisheries Service. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, is the foundation of fisheries management in the United States, and was enacted on April 13, 1976. The MSA created eight Regional Fishery Management Councils that support transparent regional management of the nation’s fisheries.

“The strength of the MSA is that it created the Council system, which has worked extraordinarily well in terms of making sure that decisions are transparent, are science-based and have stakeholder input,” said Rauch. “It allows us to make deliberative decisions together, as opposed to in a black box. It is what has built the success that we have enjoyed. In the last few years we have consistently had either record or near-record landings, nationally. At the same time, we have also made significant strides in reducing the number of stocks that are on the overfished list, and that are subject to overfishing. Those continue to be at either all-time lows or near all-time lows. [The status of fish stocks] is something the Councils should be proud of, because this is where the hard work happens to make all that possible. The regional Councils are the bodies that make all the tough decisions.”

Rauch went on to discuss NOAA’s draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy. The proposal continues the nation’s momentum on reducing bycatch—when fishermen catch fish they don’t want, can’t keep, or aren’t allowed to keep. Bycatch can also occur when fishing gear harms or kills marine mammals, seabirds, corals, sponges, sea turtles, or protected fish. NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comment on the draft strategy through June 3.[1]

Rauch also discussed the President’s task force on illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing. A new NOAA program beginning this fall will track the origin of certain at-risk stocks imported into the United States, leading to a safer and higher quality seafood product for consumers.

Recently, a peer-reviewed study determined that the U.S. fisheries management system meets U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization standards for sustainable fishing. “U.S. fisheries are the best managed in the world,” said Rauch.

[1] http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/fisheries_eco/bycatch/strategy.html

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April 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

The April 2016 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Saturday, April 9, 2016:  8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 3:00 PM PT  (at approximately 3:00 PM PT, there will be a Closed Executive Session)
  • Sunday, April 10, 2016 through Thursday, April 14, 2016:  8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending 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 April 2016 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 April 9-14, 2016 Webinar ID is: 105-442-547
  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 1-646-307-1720; phone audio access code 391-457-815 (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 four 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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April 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the April 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “April 2016 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.

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April 8-14, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 8‐14, 2016 in Vancouver, Washington, USA to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, enforcement matters, and habitat matters.

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

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Coastal Pelagic Species Stock Assessment Workshop

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) will convene a workshop to develop methods for conducting stock assessments of short-lived coastal pelagic species (CPS) on the U.S. West Coast. The meeting is open to the public. The meeting will take place May 2 – May 5, 2016, beginning on May 2 at 10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time. The meeting will begin each subsequent day at 8 a.m., and will continue each day until 5 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.

The primary purpose of the workshop is to develop methods for conducting stock assessments of short-lived CPS on the U.S. West Coast, with an emphasis on the central subpopulation of northern anchovy. The workshop will include a discussion of how stock assessments and/or single point biomass estimates can be used in management. The intent is to provide recommendations to the SWFSC for use in conducting CPS stock assessments, especially for data-limited stocks. A workshop report will be presented to the Council at the September 2016 meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Workshop Materials

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Driving Directions

Additional Information

All foreign nationals must complete the Foreign National Registration form (click here) no later than two weeks prior to the meeting. Foreign nationals will not be allowed on the premises unless they have been cleared prior to arrival. Forms are also available by contacting Mr. Dale Sweetnam.

This 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.

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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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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