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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Spring 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Spring 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the March and April 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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, 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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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar May 31

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

The Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a public meeting, via webinar, to consider topics on the June 2017 Council meeting agenda, and develop supplemental reports.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 31, 2017, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Pacific Time), or until business for the day has been completed.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

Join the webinar by visiting this link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2403858256045989891.  Once registered, you will be sent a confirmation email with access information.

  1. You may also access the webinar by visiting http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 660-750-875
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number (+1 (213) 929-4232)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (492-595-188)
  6. Enter your 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 411 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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chairs of the CPSMT and CPSAS.

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

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Agenda and materials available for the upcoming SSC Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee webinar (Review Pacific Mackerel)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Public Comment Deadline for the June 2017 Briefing Book

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Public Comment Deadline – June 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Thursday, May 11, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the May 11, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Wednesday, May 31, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee Webinar Scheduled to Review Pacific Mackerel

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Subcommittee will hold a webinar to review the 2017 Pacific mackerel biomass projection estimate.  The webinar is open to the public, and will be held Monday, May 1, 2017, starting at 1 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, and continue until 5 p.m. or until business is concluded that day.

The biomass estimate will be used by the Council to set annual regulations for two consecutive fishing years: 2017-18 and 2018-19, and must be first endorsed by the Council’s SSC.  The review will follow the Council’s Terms of Reference for Stock Assessment Reviews, and a report of the review meeting will be considered by the SSC and the Council at its June 2017 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Webinar Materials and Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 344-427-787
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number (+1 (562) 247-8422)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (235-460-983)
  6. Enter your 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 503-820-2411 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.  If you wish to attend in person, please notify Kerry Griffin (Kerry.Griffin@noaa.gov; 503-820-2409) in advance.

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

Additional information

This webinar is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the SSC CPS subcommittee.

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

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April 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 7-11, 2017 in Sacramento, California. The April 2017 Council Meeting Decision 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 Decision Summary Document.

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Council Votes to Close Pacific Sardine Fishery for Third Year in a Row

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Sacramento, California – The Pacific Fishery Management Council today announced the continued closure of the Pacific sardine directed fishery through June 30, 2018. This is the third annual closure in a row for this fishery.

Council members heard from scientists that the abundance forecast for the 2017- 2018 season, scheduled to start July 1, was significantly below the 150,000 metric ton threshold for a directed fishery. They also considered testimony from fishery participants and environmental groups before reaching a decision to close the directed fishery.

Small amounts of sardines may be taken incidental to target fishing on other stocks, and a small harvest amount was allocated to the Quinault Indian Nation along the mid-Washington coast.

“This represents a real hardship for coastal communities that depend on sardines and other coastal pelagic species. However, there are signs that the sardine population is increasing, so we’re hopeful there will be some fishing opportunity for next year,” said Council Chair Herb Pollard.

Sardines are subject to large natural population swings associated with ocean conditions. In general, sardines thrive in warm water regimes, such as those of the 1930s, and decline in cool water years, like the 1970s. After reaching a recent year peak of about one million metric tons in 2006, the sardine biomass[1] has dropped to an estimated 86,586 metric tons in 2017.

The Council takes a precautionary approach to managing Pacific sardines. When the fish are abundant, more fishing is allowed; but as the stock size declines, the amount of allocated to harvest decreases. When the biomass is estimated at or below 150,000 metric tons, directed commercial fishing is shut down.

Although directed commercial fishing will close, the Council will allow up to 8,000 tons of sardines to account for small amounts taken as incidental catch in other fisheries (such as mackerel), live bait harvest, Tribal harvest, and research.

Background

The sardine biomass is assessed annually, and the fishing year runs July 1 through June 30. Although sardine fishing hasn’t generated the money that some other fisheries have in recent years, it is an important source of income for communities up and down the west coast.

The allowable harvest in recent years has been as high as 109,000 metric tons (2012), but has dropped as the biomass has dropped. In 2013 the harvest guideline was 66,495 mt, and in 2014 it was 23,293 mt. Since July 2015, the harvest guideline has been zero.

Council Role

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries 3-200 miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. All Council meetings are open to the public.

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On the Web

Coastal Pelagic Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document (historical information): http://tinyurl.com/lz

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Quick Link to April 2017 Briefing Book

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

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April 2017 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Thursday, March 30th, 2017

The April 2017 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Friday, April 7, 2017: beginning at approximately 9:00 AM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 through Tuesday, April 11, 2017: 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 2017 meeting agenda.

Please Note: The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person. We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet/power outages, GoToMeeting service issues, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

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 2017 Webinar ID is: 897-986-459
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

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 1-562-247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 862-846-290; 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 five 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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Quick Link to April 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Information

Monday, March 27th, 2017

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