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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold two work sessions.

January 19-22, 2016: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 16-19, 2016: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries.

The two work sessions 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 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 sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the March 2016 Briefing Book

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2016 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Monday, February 8, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the February 8, 2016, 11:59 pm deadline, but BY 5 pm, Monday, February 29, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March 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.

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Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees to Hold Webinars January 20 and March 2, 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy (GEMPAC) and Technical Advisory Committees (GEMTAC) will hold a work session via two webinars, which are open to the public. At the November 2015 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California, the Council and its advisory bodies provided guidance to the National Marine Fisheries Service and Council staff regarding the development of draft regulations that would implement the Council’s electronic monitoring policies. The Council recommended that the GEMPAC, GEMTAC, NMFS and Council staff meet via webinar to further develop the draft regulations for the limited entry groundfish midwater trawl whiting fishery, and the limited entry fixed gear fishery that fishes shorebased individual fishing quota program. The GEMPAC and GEMTAC will meet in-person at the April 2016 Council meeting in Vancouver Washington for final review and provide recommendations to the Council regarding the draft regulations.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEMPAC/GEMTAC 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 GEMPAC and GEMTAC’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.

New! Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinars

The webinars will be held Wednesday, January 20 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed. The January 20 webinar will focus on review of draft regulations that incorporates guidance from the November Council meeting. A second webinar will be held on March 2 to continue review and development of the regulations. It’s possible that the March 2 webinar may not be needed if all business is completed on January 20. If the March 2 meeting is cancelled, a cancellation notice will be published in the Federal Register prior to the meeting.

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: 125-796-547
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (213) 929-4212  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  998-723-935;
  • 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 webinars, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 424.

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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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Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Update Review Meeting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a review of the 2016 Pacific sardine stock assessment update, for use in setting harvest management and specifications for the July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 fishing year. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday March 10, 2016, in Sacramento, California. The meeting is open to the public.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review an updated stock assessment of the Pacific sardine resource. The next full assessment is scheduled for 2017. The Scientific and Statistical Committee Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) subcommittee will conduct the review, and one member each from the CPS Management Team and CPS Advisory Subpanel will serve as advisers. The Council will set harvest specifications and management measures at its April 9-14, 2016 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento
Yuba River Room
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, California 95815
Telephone 916-929-8855
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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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

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Public Hearings on Salmon Management Alternatives to be Held

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council March 28-29, 2016. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 28, 2016
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 28, 2016
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Motel 6
Convention Room
400 S. Main St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-964-4761
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 public hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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