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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

Meeting Purpose

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.

Additional Information

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.

FY 2014/2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition opens

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

The FY 2014/2015 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program (S-K) application period runs through December 15, 2014. This nation-wide grant program is highly competitive and ”funds research and development projects to benefit the U.S. fishing industry”. This year’s competition combines FY 2014/2015 funding, where approximately $18M is available for award. Applicants may request up to a maximum of $400K in funding for a project period of up to (24) months.

Please see the grant announcement and application by visiting the following webpage:

NMFS’s Greater Atlantic Region is also hosting a website (applicable to anyone in the U.S.) that provides some helpful links and information on applying to the grant program:

Regional NMFS S-K Program point of contacts:

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: or

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 or telephone: 503-820-2422.