Ecosystem-based management blog

June 10-16, 2015 Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Council and its advisory bodies will meet June 10‐16, 2015 in Spokane, Washington to address issues related to groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, ecosystem management, and habitat matters.

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

June 2015 Public Comment Deadline

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, May 14, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline.”


Public comment materials received at the Council office after May 14, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

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

Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours. The primary purpose of the webinar is for the EWG to plan development of a new initiative pursuant to the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan. The Council adopted this initiative, the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative, at its March 2015 meeting. The Council requested the EWG, in concert with the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Subcommittee and National Marine Fishery Service’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, to evaluate ecosystem indicators presented in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, identify potential new indicators, and coordinate review of indicators by the Council’s other advisory bodies. The EWG is expected to report back to the Council with a workload assessment and timeline later this year. Related matters stemming from the Council’s assignment also may be discussed. Public comment will be taken at the discretion of the EWG Chair.

New! Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup Webinar Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 159-133-291
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, or if there is excessive feedback, please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (646) 307-1720 (not a toll-free number); enter the Attendee phone audio access code 956-534-270; 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

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 503-820-2425 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.

March 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-12, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The March 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Reader’s Guide to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan Appendix available online

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Ms. Yvonne de Reynier, National Marine Fisheries Service, has prepared a short (8.22 min.) video guide recorded on February 27, 2015, which briefs the listener on the process that the Pacific Fishery Management Council uses to consider new ecosystem initiatives under the Pacific Coast Fishery Ecosystem Plan.

At its March 2015, meeting in Vancouver, Washington the Council is tentatively scheduled to consider new ecosystem initiatives.

If you have further questions, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl, staff officer at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 422.

March 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Briefing Book for the March 2015 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 Releases Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has released its regional electronic technology implementation plans. The West Coast plan is available here.

NOAA Fisheries is figuring out how technology such as on-board cameras, tablets, and electronic logbooks can be used to monitor fishing activity and report catch. One idea is to supplement human observers with digital video cameras and software capable of measuring and identifying different species of fish.

NOAA Fisheries has supported over 30 pilot projects that experiment with new technologies. They have created regional plans to identify, evaluate, and prioritize implementation of promising electronic technologies that improve our knowledge of the fisheries and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process. Click below to read plans for other regions:

These plans are works-in-progress and part of an ongoing process to improve the timeliness and quality of our fisheries information. Aiding this process are a series of white papers, an internal policy directive, and a draft discussion paper of advice and best practices to inform the public conversation about emerging technologies in fisheries reporting and monitoring.

Agenda available for ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group webinar

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, which is open to the public. A proposed draft agenda is now available for that webinar. Continue reading for the agenda and webinar information

Public Comment Deadline for the March 2015 Briefing Book

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – March 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 12, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March 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 12, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March 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.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.