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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 7-9, 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. The HMSMT will meet Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to Friday, May 9, 2014. The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and continue until close of business on each day. The meeting is expected to adjourn by midday on May 9.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Driving Directions

The HMSMT plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery based on guidance from the Council at its March 2014 meeting. Topics covered include a long-term transition plan for the fishery, the use of alternative gear types, and establishing a Federal limited access permit program for the fishery.
  2. Criteria for evaluating exempted fishing permits submitted to test alternative gear.
  3. Council recommendations with respect to international management of HMS stocks of interest.
  4. Potential changes to HMS management that may be implemented for the April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017 biennial period, which the Council will begin considering in June 2014. Specifically, recreational fishery bag limit changes for Pacific bluefin tuna.
  5. Other informational items and related tasks such as preparation of the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.

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.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Advisory Committee to Meet

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a joint work session, which is open to the public, May 7 and 8 in Seattle, Washington. The GEM Committees will discuss development of an impact analysis for the Pacific Council’s adopted alternatives for a potential electronic monitoring program currently being developed for the Pacific Coast Groundfish limited Entry Trawl Fishery, and any other results from the April Pacific Council meeting.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEM Committees for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting.  The meeting will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the GEM Committees’ intent to take final action to address the emergency.

The work session will be held May 7 and 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed.

The meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
Olympic 2 Room
18740 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA, 97188
Telephone: 206-246-8600

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 at 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the joint work session, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Ad Hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session May 15, 2014 at the Council office in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the LRC Workgroup chair as time allows.

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the work session is to discuss and develop recommendations on the status of Lower Columbia River coho stocks, alternative harvest policies, risk assessment methods and criteria, and to draft a report on coho populations in the upper Willamette River.  The reports and recommendations developed by the LRC Workgroup will be presented to the Council, its advisory bodies, and the public at the June 2014 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

This work session 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 about the work session, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.