Fishery Management blog

Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop to be Held

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to reconstruct historical groundfish catches off Washington, Oregon, and California.  The workshop is open to the public.

The purpose of the Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop is to review proposed methods for reconstructing the historical catches of groundfish off Washington, Oregon, and California. Data stewards and others who are familiar with catch accounting systems will participate in the workshop.  Recommended methods for reconstructing historical groundfish catches will be made available for use in groundfish stock assessments in 2017 and beyond.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.  The workshop participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s advisory bodies at its November 2016 meeting in Garden Grove, California and its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Workshop Dates

The Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop will be held beginning at 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  The meeting will continue on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 through Thursday, November 3, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.  The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Workshop Location

This workshop will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Garden A-B Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
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 503-820-2280, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Mr. John DeVore at (503) 820-2413; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.


The Trawl Catch Share Review Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Hold a Meeting November 2-3, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting, that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday, November 3, adjourning when business for the day is completed.


The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to develop recommendations for the Pacific Council pertaining to plans for its five-year review of the groundfish trawl catch share program (implemented pursuant to Amendment 20 of its groundfish fishery management plan).  The CAB’s immediate task is to comment on the detailed outline (blueprint) for the review document.  The CAB may also begin some initial work on the identification of issues that may be taken up as follow-on regulatory actions pursuant to the results of the review.  Additionally, the CAB will receive a presentation from National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Economic Data Collection Program on data collected from catch share program participants.  The CAB’s recommendations on the review will be conveyed for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will provide guidance to analysts that will be drafting the review.

The CAB is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Council at its September 2016 meeting.  The CAB is charged with providing the perspective of fishing communities on performance of the trawl catch share program, potential improvements, and other advice requested by the Council that may inform the program review.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
Grand Ballroom
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
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 ten business days prior to the meeting date.

Additional Information

For further information about the meeting, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.



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 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.

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 discussed key data gaps and research needs with regard to deep-set buoy gear to inform future gear authorization alternatives and permit program conditions. Since the Council is particularly interested in proposals that address these data gaps, prospective EFP applicants may want to review relevant materials on the Council website (see Agenda Item J.4).

At this time, 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);

The Council is expected to review a deep-set buoy gear EFP “application template” at its November 2016 meeting, intended to make it easier to complete an application. Once the application template is finalized it will be posted on this webpage.

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.Region; phone:  (562) 980-4198.


Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Webinar Monday, November 7, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.


The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare and develop recommendations for the November 13-21, 2016 Pacific Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair.


  • GMT Agenda, November 2016 Webinar will be posted one week prior to the meeting.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 917-479-603
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0052 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  764-818-012;
  • 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.

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
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 ten business 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.


November 13-21, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet starting Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Garden Grove, California.  Advisory bodies will start Sunday, November 13.  The Council session will start on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the November 2016 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.