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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a one-day work session that is open to the public.  The GMT meeting will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT work session is to discuss with the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program refinements to groundfish projection models for use in management.  The GMT’s task will be to identify which models need improvements, outline the improvements necessary, and develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will determine which models are ready for review and recommend a review schedule.  A detailed description on the process for revising and approving models is outlined in Council Operating Procedure 25.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building, Room 682
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
Driving Directions

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

For further information about the work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.


Northern Anchovy Biomass Estimate Review Meeting October 11, 2016

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a review of a biomass estimate for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy (CSNA).  The Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Subcommittee of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will conduct the review. The meeting will take place 10 A.M. – 5 P.M., Pacific Time, Tuesday, October 11, 2016, in La Jolla, California.  The meeting is open to the public.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a biomass estimate for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy.  The SSC CPS subcommittee will conduct the review, with one member each from the CPS Management Team (CPSMT) and CPS Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) serving as advisers.  The subcommittee will submit a report to the full SSC, for further review at the November 15-21, 2016 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.  At that meeting, the Council will consider the biomass estimate along with any recommendations of the SSC, other advisory bodies, and public comment; and may consider taking management action.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific Conference Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
Driving Directions

For Further Information

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information regarding the meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.


Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings

Friday, July 8th, 2016

At its June 2016 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) decided to accept applications for exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to test deep-set buoy gear for review at all future meetings that include highly migratory species (HMS) topics on the agenda.  HMS topics are scheduled for the September and November 2016 Council meetings and the March and June 2017 meetings. This decision waives the regular schedule described in Council Operating Procedure 20 (COP 20), although the other provisions of this procedure will still apply.

According to COP 20, completed applications for EFPs from individuals or non-government agencies must be received at least two weeks before each Council meeting.  (State and Federal agencies must submit the application by the advanced briefing book deadline.)

Application Contents

EFP applications must contain sufficient information for the Council to determine:  if an exemption to the regulations is justified; the potential impacts of the exempted activity; and that the exempted activity would be expected to provide information useful to the future authorization of a deep-set buoy gear fishery. At its September 2016 meeting, the Council will compile a list of key data gaps and research needs with regard to deep-set buoy gear to inform future gear authorization alternatives and permit program conditions. The list is intended to aid prospective EFP applicants in developing applications.  Once the Council compiles this list, it will be distributed in a future notice.

Applications must contain the following information:

  1. Date of application;
  2. Applicant’s name, mailing address, and telephone number;
  3. A statement of the purpose and goals of the experiment for which an EFP is needed, including a general description of the arrangements for the disposition of all species harvested under the EFP;
  4. Justification for EFP issuance;
  5. A statement of whether the proposed experimental fishing has broader significance than the applicant’s individual goals;
  6. An expected total duration of the EFP (i.e., number of years proposed to conduct exempted fishing activities);
  7. Number of vessels covered under the EFP;
  8. A description of the species (target and incidental) to be harvested under the EFP and the amount(s) of such harvest necessary to conduct the experiment, including harvest estimates of overfished species and protected species;
  9. A description of a mechanism, such as at-sea fishery monitoring, to ensure that the harvest limits for targeted and incidental species are not exceeded and are accurately accounted for;
  10. A description of the proposed data collection and analysis methodology;
  11. A description of how vessels will be chosen to participate in the EFP;
  12. For each vessel covered by the EFP, the approximate time(s) and place(s) fishing will take place, and the type, size, and amount of gear to be used;
  13. The signature of the applicant(s);

Deadlines for Submitting Applications

  • September 2016 Council meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016
  • November 2016 Council meeting: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • March 2017 Council meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • June 2017 Council meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Additional information

Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email:

Mailing address:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Attn: HMS EFP Application
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220

Attn: HMS EFP Application (503) 820-2299

Put “HMS EFP application” in the subject line

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with members of the Council’s Highly Migratory Management Team (HMSMT), Council staff, or National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) staff when preparing an application.  The HMSMT roster lists contact information for its members.  Dr. Kit Dahl is the point of contact for Council staff; phone: (503) 820-2422 (toll-free 1-866-806-7204). Mr. Chris Fanning is the point of contact at the NMFS West Coast Region; phone:  (562) 980-4198.