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Public Hearings on Salmon Management Alternatives to be Held for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

March 27-28, 2017:  Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council.  All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 27, 2017
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 27, 2017
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
City of Fort Bragg
Town Hall
363 S. Main St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-961-2823
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 503-820-2411 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinars March 1, April 4, and June 1

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold three webinars that are open to the public.  The GMT webinars will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Webinar end times are estimates, meetings will adjourn when business for each day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinars are to prepare for the 2017 March, April, and June Pacific Council meetings.  A detailed agenda for each webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its meetings in 2017.

March 1, 2017 Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinars

The following login instructions will work for any of the webinars in this series.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 349-453-339
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0060 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  229-858-558;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

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 411 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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 6-11, 2017 Council Meeting

Monday, March 6th, 2017

April 6-11, 2017 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 6-11, 2017 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Meeting Location

DoubleTree by Hilton Sacramento
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815
Phone: 916-929-8855 or 1-800-686-3775

Agenda and Meeting Notice

April 2017 Briefing Book

  • A link will be available on or around the afternoon of March 24, 2017

Public Comment Deadline – April 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 16, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the April meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the March 16, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, March 30, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the April meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments (including instructions for Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials)

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet April 18-20

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Tuesday, April 18 to Thursday, April 20, 2017, which is open to the public.  This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

Meeting Location

Martin Johnson House (T-29)
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
8840 Biological Grade
La Jolla, CA 92037
Driving Directions

Meeting Purpose

Two main topics will be discussed at the HMSMT meeting.  The first is the development of a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear.  The Council directed the HMSMT to propose a range of alternatives for the Council to consider adopting for public review at its June 7-14 meeting in Spokane, Washington.  The second topic is the review of biological reference points for HMS stocks managed under the Council’s Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species.  These biological reference points, identified in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, include maximum sustainable yield, optimum yield, and status determination criteria.  The HMSMT will initially focus on identifying these reference points for Pacific bluefin tuna.  Other topics the HMSMT may discuss include updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

Additional Information

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 503-820-2411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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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 (DSBG) for review at all future meetings that include highly migratory species (HMS) topics on the agenda. HMS topics are scheduled for the November 2016 Council meeting, the March 2017 Council meeting and the June 2017 Council meeting. This decision waives the regular schedule described in Council Operating Procedure 20 (COP 20), although the other provisions of this procedure will still apply.

For more information  please see the Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear webpage.

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Three Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

Three Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels have been scheduled this year.  The first STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for lingcod and yelloweye rockfish.  The second STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for Pacific ocean perch and yellowtail rockfish.  The third STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish.  These STAR Panel meetings are open to the public.

Purpose of the STAR Panels

The purpose of the STAR Panels is to review draft 2017 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for these benchmark stock assessments; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce STAR Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2019 and beyond fisheries.  No management actions will be decided by the STAR Panel.  The STAR Panels’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

STAR Panel Meeting Dates and Times

STAR Panel 1:  The lingcod and yelloweye rockfish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 1) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2017 through Friday, June 30, 2017.  The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 2:  The Pacific ocean perch and yellowtail rockfish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 2) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 through Friday, July 14, 2017. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 3:  The blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 3) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017 through Friday, July 28, 2017.   The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Meeting Locations

STAR Panels 1 and 2 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
The Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle Washington 98112-2097
206-860-3200
Driving Directions

STAR Panel 3 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900
Driving Directions

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location. Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities. Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

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, ext. 411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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