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March 8-14, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 8‐14, 2016 in Sacramento, California to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, Pacific halibut, highly migratory species, ecosystem‐based management, and habitat matters.

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

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Reminder: Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars, listed below, which are open to the public. Each webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the dates shown below and last for approximately two hours.

  • January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators (Toby Garfield & Chris Harvey)
  • January 14: Biological indicators (Chris Harvey & Greg Williams)
  • January 26: Human dimensions indicators (Karma Norman & Dan Holland)
  • January 28: Freshwater, estuarine and marine habitat indicators (Correigh Greene)
  • February 2: Risk assessments and applications of indicators to decision making. (Jameal Samhouri & Elliott Hazen)

Visit the “Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016” blog post to access background reading materials and information on how to join the webinars.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by the members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) Team noted above, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. In each of the last three years, the CCIEA Team has delivered an Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report that covers all aspects of the ecosystem from physical atmospheric and oceanic drivers up through impact on humans and anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. At each level of ecosystem interactions, the CCIEA Team developed indicators that either assess the status and trends of the ecosystem or the species response to these stressors. This series of webinars will review the indicator selection process and demonstrate those indicators chosen to track ecosystem changes and impacts to society.

Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.

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Request for nominations on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant California seat on its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.   The position is for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2018. Appointments will be made at the March 8-14, 2016 Council meeting in Sacramento, California. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage for further information, including instructions on how to submit nominations.

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Winter 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. 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, Winter 2015, 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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Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 submitted for Secretarial review

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On December 7, 2015, the Council transmitted to NMFS  Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (CEBA 1) for Secretarial review. This letter also notifies NMFS that the Council had reviewed draft proposed regulations and deemed them necessary and appropriate to implement CEBA 1. CEBA 1 would bring new ecosystem component species (collectively, “Shared EC Species”) into each of the Council’s four fishery management plans (FMPs) through amendments to those FMPs, and would prohibit the future development of new directed commercial fisheries for Shared EC Species within the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone.

On December 11, 2015, NMFS announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the Federal Register. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published the proposed regulations to implement CEBA 1 in the Federal Register. Both of these notices identified a public comment period. Comments on both CEBA 1 and the proposed regulations must be received on or before February 9, 2016. You may submit comments on CEBA 1 (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0001) and/or the proposed regulations (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0002) by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Submit written comments to William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070; Attn: Yvonne deReynier.

This entry is posted as a courtesy to National Marine Fisheries Service

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Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars in January and February 2016, which are open to the public.

Dates and Time of Webinars

The webinars will be held on the dates listed below, from 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time and last for approximately two hours. Information on how to participate is below.

  • Tuesday, January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators
  • Thursday, January 14: Biological indicators
  • Tuesday, January 26: Human dimensions indicators
  • Thursday, January 28: Habitat indicators
  • Tuesday, February 2: Risk assessments and application of indicators to decision making

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. This webinar series is part of the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative intended to address goals and objectives from the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan. Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Background Material

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: 121-225-731
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (702) 489-0007  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  471-159-571;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

Technical Information and 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 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

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 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; ext. 422.

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Informational Meeting for Fishing Community on Wave Energy Project at Camp Rilea

Monday, October 26th, 2015

OWET (Oregon Wave Energy Trust) will be hosting a community meeting on behalf of the various project partners including Resolute Marine Energy (RME), the Oregon Military Department (OMD), Camp Rilea, Clatsop County, with members of the local fishing community.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

OMD has begun working with RME as they begin planning towards a demonstration deployment of their nearshore wave energy device near Camp Rilea. This will be RME’s third ocean deployment of their bottom mounted wave flapper device, providing the company with valuable data and validation of the technology in a highly energetic environment. At the same time, this first deployment at Camp Rilea, currently planned for the spring of 2016, allows the military to explore strategies to meet its Net Zero initiatives.

The purpose of this meeting is to ensure local fishing community members are aware of and informed about the proposed RME demonstration project, and have an opportunity to provide input and advice into the planning process. Our goal is to discuss basic parameters for the project that balance military and developer goals for the deployment with information from the community about what will minimize potential impacts and maximize the success of the project as a learning opportunity for all involved.

Agenda: Introductions
Presentation by OMD/Camp Rilea
Presentation by Bill Staby, CEO, RME
Questions and discussion

When: October 28, 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: El Compadre Restaurant
119 S Main Avenue
Warrenton, OR 97146
503-861-2906

Nancy Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
Oregon Salmon Commission
Oregon Albacore Commission
P.O. Box 983
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-994-2647 Ph/Fax
www.oregonsalmon.org
www.oregonalbacore.org

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Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of Pacific Council News (revised; supplemental deadline and table of HMS caps were corrected) is now available on the Council’s website. 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, Fall 2015, 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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Council Seeking Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms (nominations due no later than October 16)

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues for the 2016-2018 term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than October 16, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s webpage “Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.

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September 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 11-16, 2015 in Sacramento, California. The September 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting.

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