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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions for 2017

Monday, December 19th, 2016

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

January 17-20, 2017:  The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2016 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 2017 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 21-24, 2017:  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 2017 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2017 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 503-820-2411 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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Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review Panel Meeting February 21-24 in La Jolla

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel Tuesday, February 21 through Friday, February 24, 2017, in La Jolla, California.  The meeting is open to the public.  The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, February 21, and will begin at 8 a.m. each subsequent day, and conclude each day at 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed. The meeting may adjourn early on Friday, February 24, if business has been completed.

Meeting Materials

The materials for the 2017 Pacific sardine stock assessment review are now available.  Access to the ftp site:

IPSwitch FTP site: http://swfscftp.noaa.gov/thinclient/
Username: star17
Password: 8MxgpkuMmz

Please note, this draft stock assessment is not intended for citation or publication. It has not yet been peer reviewed, and is subject to change based on review by the Stock Assessment Review Panel.

Please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin, Pacific Fishery Management Council staff (email: kerry.griffin@noaa.gov; phone: 503-820-2409 if you have questions regarding the materials or the STAR panel meeting.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a stock assessment for Pacific sardine.  The last full stock assessment was in 2014, with update assessments completed in 2015 and 2016.  The STAR Panel will consist of three members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee, and two independent experts.  The Council will use the 2017 assessment to establish annual sardine fishery management measures and harvest specifications for the 2017-18 fishing year.  The Pacific sardine 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.

Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

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

Additional Information

This workshop 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 days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Committees to Hold Joint Work Session February 22

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a joint work session, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or when business for the day has been completed.

Work Session Purpose

The primary purpose of the work session is to discuss development of an impact analysis for the Council’s adopted alternatives for an electronic monitoring program for bottom trawl and midwater trawl vessels that target groundfish other than whiting in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Trawl Fishery. No management actions will be decided at this work session. The work session will include review and discussion of the Council’s adopted alternatives and other reports.

Work Session Materials

Work Session Location

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Concourse Room
6233 NE 78th Ct.
Portland, Oregon, 97218
503-251-2000
Driving Directions

The work session 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, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at (503) 820-2424; or 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.

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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Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Public Webinar

Friday, February 10th, 2017

The Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a public meeting, via webinar, to consider and discuss ecosystem-related items on the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) March meeting agenda. The CPSAS may choose to develop a supplemental report.  The meeting will be held Friday, March 3, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 141-264-171
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number (+1 (562) 247-8422)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (598-523-521)
  6. 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 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.

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the CPSAS.

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSAS webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 409.

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March 7-13, 2017 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 7-13, 2017 in Vancouver, Washington. Advisory bodies will start Tuesday, March 7. The Council session will start on Wednesday, March 8 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, ecosystem, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the March 2017 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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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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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 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

Fax:
Attn: HMS EFP Application (503) 820-2299

Email:
pfmc.comments@noaa.gov
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.

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