Ecosystem-based management blog

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 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Friday, September 5th, 2014

This listen-only mode webinar is held daily, from September 12-17, 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, September 12 from 8 am to approximately 9 a.m., please see the September 2014 agenda).

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

  1. http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The September 12-17, 2014 Webinar ID is: 143-975-167
  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 1-646-307-1724 (not a toll free number); entering the phone audio access code 671-933-090 and then entering your Audio Pin which will be shown to you 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

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

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.

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
Auditorium
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.

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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 Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, 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.