Ecosystem-based management blog

NOAA requests comments on a proposal to update the Federal list of fisheries for West Coast states

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

NOAA Fisheries proposes to update the Federal list of authorized fisheries and gear issued under section 305(a) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (“List of Fisheries”). The List of Fisheries includes a description of fisheries that operate in the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone, the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s geographic area of authority. This action is necessary because the current list is outdated and either includes several fisheries that no longer occur, or does not include fisheries that do occur, within the U.S. West Coast EEZ. The intended effect of this rule is to bring the list up to date with current West Coast fisheries and fishery management plans.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated August 7, 2014 to read the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before September 8, 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Yvonne deReynier, 206-526-6129; (fax) 206-526-6736;
Mr. Joshua Lindsay, 562-980-4034; 562-980-4047

New! Agenda available for the Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel’s meeting in Seattle

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel’s June 30 to July 2, 2014 meeting in Seattle. (more…)

Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel to Meet

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model will be reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee, the Center for Independent Experts, and NMFS.  The review session is open to the public.  The review session will begin at 9 a.m. each day, from Monday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and on each day continue until business is concluded.

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the session is to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, appropriate uses, and potential areas of improvement for the Atlantis model with respect to the Council’s management needs, in the context of ecosystem-based management.  Reviewers will be asked to comment on the technical merits and/or deficiencies of the methodology and make recommendations for remedies.  The review will follow the Methodology Review Process established by the Council, and Terms of Reference developed for this review.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Driving Directions
Phone: (206) 860-3200

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location.  Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities.  Foreign national visitors should contact Jim Herkelrath at (206) 860-6798 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

For further information about the review panel, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

If you would like to be notified of future meetings via email, please sign up for the PFMC E-Mail Notification List.

This Council E-Mail Notification List will announce when our newsletters, meeting notices, Notices of Availability for documents, and other Council activities are posted to the Council website.

The 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.

The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, May 2014 version available online

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 1, May 2014, 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 highlights the decisions made at the March and April 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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.

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 (