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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.

Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee, Salmon Technical Team, and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold a Joint Methodology Review Meeting October 21-23 followed by an STT Meeting October 24

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a joint methodology review meeting with the Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW), which will be open to the public. The joint methodology review meeting will be held Tuesday, October 21st, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 22nd, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, October 23rd, from 9 a.m. to noon, or until business is completed. The STT will continue with a one-day meeting on Friday, October 24th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. All of the meetings will be held at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel, Portland, Oregon.

Joint Methdology Review Meeting (October 21-23)

(SSC Salmon Subcommittee, STT, and MEW)

The purpose of the methodology review meeting is to discuss and review proposed changes to analytical methods used in salmon management. Recommendations from the methodology review meeting will be presented at the November 14-19, 2014 Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California where the Council is scheduled to take final action on the proposals. The following topics were adopted by the Council at their September 12-17, 2014 meeting in Spokane, Washington for consideration at the methodology review meeting:

  • Willapa Bay natural coho conservation objective, annual catch limit and status determination criteria.
  • Southern Oregon coastal Chinook conservation objective.
  • Standardized method for calculation of age-2 Fishery Regulation Assessment Model (FRAM) stock scalars.
  • Progress report on new Chinook FRAM base period.
  • New conservation objective for Grays Harbor Chinook.
  • Estimated non-local Chinook stock impacts in terminal fisheries.
  • Review of fishery impact estimation methodology relative to the Cape Flattery Control Zone.
  • An update on the review of new methods for salmon economic analyses.

“Next Day” Salmon Technical Team Meeting (October 24)

The STT will hold a one-day session following the methodology review to discuss items on the Council’s November 2014 meeting agenda. Major topics include: the salmon methodology review, the Lower Columbia River coho harvest matrix, and the preseason salmon management schedule, process, and documentation for 2015.

Meeting Location

Both meetings will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Mt. St. Helens D Room (Methodology Review) and Garden C Room (STT)
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

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 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at (503) 820-2414; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

Request for nominations for an at-large position on the Scientific and Statistical Committee

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for an at-large position on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2013-2015 Council advisory body term. At this time the Council is particularly interested in candidates experienced in groundfish stock assessments, ecosystem analyses, or economic/social analyses. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Tuesday, October 21, 2014.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement and instructions on how to submit nominations.

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.

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). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

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.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), on Friday, November 7, 2014, which is open to the public.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop supplemental reports, if needed, relevant to the November Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California.  The CPSMT is not convening at the Council meeting, necessitating this webinar.

There are three topics the CPSMT may develop supplemental reports for: sardine harvest fraction environmental assessment, requests for CPS exempted fishing permits, and proposals for methodology review topics related to CPS.  A draft Environmental Assessment and a CPSMT report are included in the November briefing book materials.  The need for the webinar is in the case that additional comment or information is warranted, to help clarify issues or provide additional information.

The webinar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., or until business for the day is concluded.  Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.  There will be a listening station at the Council office, should any members of the public wish to attend.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 480-834-199
  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). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

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 1-480-297-0022 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 282-398-804; 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

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 at503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSMT meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

November 12-19, 2014 Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to coastal pelagic species, groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, highly migratory species management, and habitat matters.

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

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

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.

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.

Solicitation Notice for EFPs for swordfish and other highly migratory species

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch. Download the full solicitation letter that describes the purpose, process, and evaluation critieria.

The Council announces a deadline of 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, February 9, 2015, to submit EFP proposals to the Council office, addressed as follows:

By mail:
Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director
Attn: HMS EFP Proposal
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Pl. Suite, 101
Portland, OR 97220

By fax: 503-820-2299

By email: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov

On envelope, fax cover sheet, or email subject line, please enter “Attn: HMS EFP Proposal.” In the event an EFP proposal does not meet the above deadline, it does not necessarily mean the Council will not consider the proposal; however, lack of inclusion in the advance Briefing Book for the March 2015 Council meeting may mean no advisory review and dramatically reduced chance of the Council advancing the proposal to the next step.

Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov or telephone: 503-820-2422.