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November 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 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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New Tool Available to See Proposed Essential Fish Habitat, Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area Modifications

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

An interactive website now makes it possible to view potential changes to essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast groundfish. Changes to EFH and the trawl rockfish conservation area are being considered at the November 2016 Council meeting.  This GIS-based tool provides details on individual essential fishing habitat conservation areas that may be modified, closed or reopened as a result of Council action (the Council is choosing a preliminary preferred alternative in November, with final action in 2017.)   We recommend first viewing this five-minute tutorial.

Users can also see other layers such as the trawl rockfish conservation areas, Tribal Usual and Accustomed Areas, and other regulatory/spatial boundaries. More information on the alternatives are available on the Council website.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) to Hold Webinar

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, to discuss 1) preparation of the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, and 2) future ecosystem initiatives under the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan.  The webinar will be held on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., or when business for the day is completed.

Each March, the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers deliver a State of the California Current Ecosystem Report to the Council.  The Report assesses current status through a series of indicators covering physical, biological, and socioeconomic components of the ecosystem.  The Council has provided advice to the Science Centers on how to make the report more relevant to Council decision-making, including comments on the suite of indicators it uses.  The webinar will provide an opportunity for the EWG to discuss preparation of the current Report with Science Center representatives and the contents of future reports.

At its March 2017 meeting, the Council will also consider taking up a new ecosystem-based fishery management initiative.  Appendix A to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan contains a list of these initiatives, which are intended to address ecosystem gaps in ecosystem knowledge and Fishery Management Plan policies, particularly with respect to the cumulative effects of fisheries management on marine ecosystems and fishing communities.  The Fishery Ecosystem Plan establishes a schedule by which each March the Council reviews progress to date on any ecosystem initiatives the Council already has underway and determines whether to take up a new initiative. In odd-numbered years, the Council may also consider identifying new initiatives that are not already in Appendix A.  The EWG will discuss current and potential new initiatives in preparation for the March 2017 Council meeting.

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: 917-479-603
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 462-275-391; then enter your 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

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 ten 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, extension 422.

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November 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the November 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 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. The November 2016 briefing book webpage also contains information about the “Annual Banquet”.

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Fall 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Boise, Idaho. 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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RSVP for the PFMC’s Annual Banquet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Annual Banquet will be held (in conjunction with the November 13-21, 2016 Council meeting) on Wednesday, November 16, 20166 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California.  

The Banquet honorees are Dr. Donald McIsaac for his 16 years serving as the Executive Director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Council members include, Mr. Dave Ortmann, Mr. Dan Wolford, and Mr. Bob Turner.  Advisory body members include Dr. Sam Herrick, Dr. Pete Lawson, Mr. Doug Milward, and Ms. Sandy Zeiner.  Please join us in thanking them for their contributions to West Coast fisheries management through their work for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Reservations need to be made by filling out the November 2016 Banquet RSVP Form no later than Wednesday, November 9.

This is a cash only event and the cost of $20 per person will be collected at the door for a dinner ticket.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Renee Dorval at 503-820-2280 or toll free 866-806-7204.

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September 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 15-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. The September 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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September 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016: beginning at approximately 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 8:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM MT 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 September 2016 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 outages, GoToMeeting service issues, power outages, 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 September 15-20, 2016 Webinar ID is: 132-423-419
  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). 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 1-213-929-4212 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 447-457-678; 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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September 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the September 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 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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NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register dated August 15, 2016 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 14, 2016.

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