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November 2014 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Friday, November 7th, 2014

This listen-only mode webinar is held daily, from November 14-19, 2014, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete. (The only exception is a CLOSED SESSION that will be held on Friday, November 14 from 1 pm to approximately 2 p.m.; noting the Council meeting starts at approximately 2 pm that day). Please see the November 2014 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/meeting/join-meeting
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The November 14-19, 2014 Webinar ID is: 430-417-591
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices). 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 1-646-307-1719 (not a toll free number). 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

If you would like your own personal audio copies of recorded Council meeting CDs (MP3 or WAV formats), please contact our meeting recorder, Mr. Craig Hess, Martin Enterprises, phone (360) 749-4038. Mr. Hess would be glad to assist you.

November 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the November 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.

Scientific and Statistical Committee Ecosystem Subcommittee to Hold Joint Meeting

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee Ecosystem Subcommittee (Subcommittee) will hold a meeting on Monday and Tuesday, December 15-16, 2014.  The meeting will start at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue until business is completed on each day. The Subcommittee will meet with the Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, National Marine Fisheries Service.  The meeting will be held at the following location:

Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the meeting is to review the indicators used in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, which is delivered to the Council each March, and consider how the report might be refined and improved.

Additional Information

Entry to the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility requires visitors to show a valid picture ID and register with security.  A visitor’s badge, which must be worn while at the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Facility, will be issued to non‑Federal employees participating in the meeting.

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.

If you have additional questions regarding the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280 ext. 422 and toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the November 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – November 2014 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY October 20, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after October 20, but BY November 5 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 5 p.m.  The EAS will discuss items on the Council’s November 2014 meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Report on the Atlantis Model Review, Marine Planning Update, and Legislative Matters.  The EAS will also discuss plans for the March 2015 review of Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives and one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

New! Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 670-584-383
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP).  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1720 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 455-563-736; 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EAS 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 3, September 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 September 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 Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

September 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 12-17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. The September 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Reader’s Guide to the Ecosystem Workgroup Report on Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1: Protecting Unfished and Unmanaged Forage Fish Species available online

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Ms. Yvonne de Reynier, National Marine Fisheries Service, has prepared a short (11 min.) video guide recorded on September 5, 2014, that applies to the ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup’s report on Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1: Protecting Unfished and Unmanaged Forage Fish Species.

At its September 2014, meeting in Spokane, Washington the Council is tentatively scheduled to review the Workgrup’s report on Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1: Protecting Unfished and Unmanaged Forage Fish Species and provide future work direction.

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

September 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the September 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.

NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, 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 25, 2014 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 24, 2014.