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Pacific Mackerel Stock Assessment Review Meeting April 27-29, 2015

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel Monday, April 27 through Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in La Jolla, California. The meeting is open to the public.

The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Monday April 27, and will begin at 8 a.m. each subsequent day. The meeting will conclude each day at 5 p.m., or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Topic

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a full stock assessment for Pacific mackerel. The last full stock assessment was in 2011, with an update assessment completed in 2012. Catch-only projection estimates were completed in 2013 and 2014. The STAR Panel will consist of two members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS), plus two independent experts. The Council will use the 2015 assessment to establish annual mackerel fishery management measures and harvest specifications for both the 2015-16 and the 2016-17 fishing years. The Pacific mackerel fishing year begins July 1 and ends June 30 of the following year. Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also attend the meeting.

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

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

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Four Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Four Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish. The second STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for bocaccio and China rockfish. The third STAR panel will review a new benchmark assessment for black rockfish. The fourth STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for widow rockfish and the kelp greenling population occurring in waters off Oregon. These STAR panel meetings are open to the public.

The purpose of the STAR Panels is to review draft 2015 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for benchmark stock assessments for canary rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, bocaccio, China rockfish, black rockfish, widow rockfish, and the population of kelp greenling in waters off Oregon; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce STAR Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2017 and beyond fisheries. No management actions will be decided by the Panel. The Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its June meeting in Spokane, Washington and its September meeting in Sacramento, California.

STAR Panel Dates and Times

Canary Rockfish and Darblotched Rockfish

The canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, April 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, May 1. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Bocaccio and China Rockfish

The bocaccio and China rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 10. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Black Rockfish

The black rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 24. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Widow Rockfish and Oregon Kelp Greenling

The widow rockfish and Oregon kelp greenling STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 31. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Locations

The canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
206-634-2000

Driving Directions

The bocaccio and China rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900

Driving Directions

The black rockfish STAR Panel meeting, as well as the widow rockfish and Oregon kelp greenling STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Newport Research Station
2032 SE OSU Drive
Building 955
Newport, Oregon 97365
541-867-0500

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 Dr. Jim Hastie at 206-860-3412 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process. This workshop 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 STAR Panel work sessions, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours. The primary purpose of the webinar is for the EWG to plan development of a new initiative pursuant to the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan. The Council adopted this initiative, the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative, at its March 2015 meeting. The Council requested the EWG, in concert with the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Subcommittee and National Marine Fishery Service’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, to evaluate ecosystem indicators presented in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, identify potential new indicators, and coordinate review of indicators by the Council’s other advisory bodies. The EWG is expected to report back to the Council with a workload assessment and timeline later this year. Related matters stemming from the Council’s assignment also may be discussed. Public comment will be taken at the discretion of the EWG Chair.

New! Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup Webinar Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

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: 159-133-291
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, or if there is excessive feedback, please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (646) 307-1720 (not a toll-free number); enter the Attendee phone audio access code 956-534-270; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Technical Information

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 (See the 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the EWG chair.

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 webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 13-15, 2015

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Wednesday, May 13 to Friday, May 15, 2015, which is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on each day. On Wednesday and Thursday the meeting will end at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded. On Friday the meeting will end at midday.

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Meeting Topic

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review analyses and prepare a report to the Council on its Swordfish Fishery Management and Monitoring Plan. The Plan contains options for managing and monitoring the California large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery including high priority protected species hard caps, fishery performance objectives, and monitoring goals. If available, the HMSMT may review preliminary exempted fishing permit applications that would be submitted or resubmitted to the Council at its June meeting. The HMSMT will also review updates to the Highly Migratory Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report. The HMSMT may also plan reports for other HMS items on the Council’s June agenda, including international issues and the planned management astrategy evaluation for North Pacific albacore tuna to be conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean.

Additional information

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 HMSMT meeting in LaJolla or the topics, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

June 2015 Public Comment Deadline

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE – JUNE 2015 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, May 14, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

SUPPLEMENTAL PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE

Public comment materials received at the Council office after May 14, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on May 19-21, 2015, which is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 and at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21. The meeting will be held at the following location:

Regional Administrator’s 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

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (other than salmonids) and provide recommendations to the Council on any additional mitigation measures needed, if any, to meet the requirements of the Act as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinion for the fishery.

You may also join this meeting by conference line and webinar. To join by phone, participants should dial 888-790-6085, passcode 1730793.

To Attend the Webinar

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region has made the GoToMeeting arrangements; if you have questions regarding the GoToMeeting webinar, please send an email to Ms. Sarah Williams or contact her at 206-526-4646 for technical assistance.

Each day of the meeting requires a different web address.

On May 19, participants can join Meeting ID: 544-685-613 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/544685613

On May 20, participants can join Meeting ID: 991-327-765 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/991327765

On May 21, participants can join Meeting ID: 845-869-013 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/845869013

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use the conference line number by dialing 1-888-790-6085, and entering passcode 1730793 at the prompt.

GoToMeeting 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 (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

 

Additional information

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Ms. Sarah Williams (Sarah.Williams@noaa.gov, 206-526-4646) in advance to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

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 meeting topics, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.