Ecosystem-based management blog

April 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

April 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the April 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.

Reader’s Guide to the Ecosystem Workgroup Report on FEP Initiative 1 available online

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Ms. Yvonne de Reynier, National Marine Fisheries Service, has prepared a short (11 min.) video guide recorded on March 19, 2014, that applies to the ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup’s report on the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Initiative 1.

At its April 2014, meeting in Vancouver, Washington, USA the Council is tentatively scheduled to review the draft range of alternatives contained in the FEP Initiative 1 report.

Please the Council’s Ecosystem-Based Management Protection for Unfished Forage Fish Initiative webpage to download both the report and the reader’s guide video.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner, staff officer at 503-820-2414; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

March 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-13, 2014 in Sacramento, California. The March 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, February 16, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after February 16 but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health Announces New Website

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health is pleased to announce the launch of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal ( The Portal will help coastal managers, researchers, and the general public to access and discover data relevant to West Coast ocean resource management, policy development, and marine planning.

If you wish to learn more or contribute your data to the Portal, please contact Todd Hallenbeck (

Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a public work session February 3-4, 2014 at the Council office in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the EWG chair as time allows.

The work session will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.  The meeting will reconvene on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. and will proceed until 4 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
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 at 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Pacific Council Office Remains Open; Scheduled Meetings Will Take Place

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council office will remain open during the Federal government shutdown, and scheduled meetings will continue to take place.  Please call our main number of 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 with any questions.

NOAA Fisheries NWR and SWR formally merged

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today October 1, 2013, NOAA Fisheries Northwest and Southwest regions are formally merged into a single region: the West Coast Region. The integrated region has a new configuration.

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Latest Version of The Line, Summary of West Coast Fisheries News

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Download The Line, Volume 2, No. 4, 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 reports on the decisions made at the September 2013 PFMC meeting.

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

We are considering making changes to the newsletter. Instead of developing both the newsletter and The Line (our one-page news summary) four times a year, we would create an enhanced version ofthe newsletter, with more background information, related stories, and photos, twice a year, while releasing The Line after every Council meeting. Please direct your comments and thoughts on this proposal or other suggestions to, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2280 ext. 418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204.