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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) to Hold Webinar May 19

Monday, April 25th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a work session by means of a webinar, which is open to the public.  The EWG webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m., Pacific Time on May 19, 2016, and continue to 4:30 p.m. or when work for the day is completed.

The purpose of the webinar is for the EWG to discuss and draft comments on the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy (NCSS) Western Regional Action Plan (WRAP).  A March 22, 2016 draft of the WRAP may be downloaded at http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/ecosystems/climate/rap/western-regional-action-plan. The WRAP is being developed to increase the production, delivery, and use of climate-related information and will identify priority needs and specific actions to implement the NOAA Fisheries Climate Science Strategy in the region over the next five years.  Based on the webinar discussion, the EWG may submit a written report with its comments for the Council’s June 23-28, 2016 meeting in Tacoma, Washington. The EWG will also discuss progress on completing the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative and plan future activities.  This initiative is an opportunity for the larger Council family to discuss the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report’s indicator categories, what indicators should be part of the annual report, and how they interface with Council-managed fisheries to better support the Council’s ecosystem-based management policies.

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: 140-237-731
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices). Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 621-588-987; then 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 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 EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 422.

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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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March 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 9-14, 2016 in Sacramento, California. The March 2016 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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March 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the March 2016 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.

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March 8-14, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 8‐14, 2016 in Sacramento, California to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, Pacific halibut, highly migratory species, ecosystem‐based management, and habitat matters.

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

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Reminder: Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars, listed below, which are open to the public. Each webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the dates shown below and last for approximately two hours.

  • January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators (Toby Garfield & Chris Harvey)
  • January 14: Biological indicators (Chris Harvey & Greg Williams)
  • January 26: Human dimensions indicators (Karma Norman & Dan Holland)
  • January 28: Freshwater, estuarine and marine habitat indicators (Correigh Greene)
  • February 2: Risk assessments and applications of indicators to decision making. (Jameal Samhouri & Elliott Hazen)

Visit the “Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016” blog post to access background reading materials and information on how to join the webinars.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by the members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) Team noted above, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. In each of the last three years, the CCIEA Team has delivered an Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report that covers all aspects of the ecosystem from physical atmospheric and oceanic drivers up through impact on humans and anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. At each level of ecosystem interactions, the CCIEA Team developed indicators that either assess the status and trends of the ecosystem or the species response to these stressors. This series of webinars will review the indicator selection process and demonstrate those indicators chosen to track ecosystem changes and impacts to society.

Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.

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Request for nominations on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant California seat on its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.   The position is for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2018. Appointments will be made at the March 8-14, 2016 Council meeting in Sacramento, California. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage for further information, including instructions on how to submit nominations.

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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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Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 submitted for Secretarial review

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On December 7, 2015, the Council transmitted to NMFS  Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (CEBA 1) for Secretarial review. This letter also notifies NMFS that the Council had reviewed draft proposed regulations and deemed them necessary and appropriate to implement CEBA 1. CEBA 1 would bring new ecosystem component species (collectively, “Shared EC Species”) into each of the Council’s four fishery management plans (FMPs) through amendments to those FMPs, and would prohibit the future development of new directed commercial fisheries for Shared EC Species within the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone.

On December 11, 2015, NMFS announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the Federal Register. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published the proposed regulations to implement CEBA 1 in the Federal Register. Both of these notices identified a public comment period. Comments on both CEBA 1 and the proposed regulations must be received on or before February 9, 2016. You may submit comments on CEBA 1 (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0001) and/or the proposed regulations (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0002) by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Submit written comments to William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070; Attn: Yvonne deReynier.

This entry is posted as a courtesy to National Marine Fisheries Service

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Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars in January and February 2016, which are open to the public.

Dates and Time of Webinars

The webinars will be held on the dates listed below, from 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately two hours. Information on how to participate is below.

  • Tuesday, January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators
  • Thursday, January 14: Biological indicators
  • Tuesday, January 26: Human dimensions indicators
  • Thursday, January 28: Habitat indicators
  • Tuesday, February 2: Risk assessments and application of indicators to decision making

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. This webinar series is part of the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative intended to address goals and objectives from the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan. Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Background Material

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: 121-225-731
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (702) 489-0007  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  471-159-571;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information and 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 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 webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 422.

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