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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.

Ad Hoc Ecosystem Work Group to Hold Webinar August 10, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) will hold a webinar on Monday August 10, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 4 p.m. During this work session, the EWG will discuss finalizing its report for the Council’s September 2015 meeting in Sacramento, California. The Council has asked for an EWG report on two draft Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) initiatives: an initiative for a coordinated review of the indicators used in the annual National Marine Fisheries Service’s California Current Ecosystem Status Report; and an initiative on the potential multi-fisheries and multi-species effects of short-term climate shift and long-term climate change. Other topics may include one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

Date and Time of Webinar

The webinar will be held Monday August 10, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or until business for the day is completed, Pacific Time. Information on how to participate is below.

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: 133-662-499
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

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). Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0059  (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code  921-628-560; 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

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 EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 422.

Pacific Fishery Management Council Announces Sardine Distribution Workshop

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), announces a scientific workshop to consider the distribution of the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine. The workshop is open to the public.

Purpose

The purpose of the workshop is to consider scientific information, data, and potential alternative means for establishing the Distribution value used in the Pacific sardine harvest control rule (HCR). The workshop is not intended as a review of other aspects of the HCR, Pacific sardine harvest management, or policy. The current Distribution value of 0.87 is intended to account for the fact that some portion of the U.S. sardine stock is present and subject to harvest outside U.S. waters. It is intended as a long-term average, recognizing that the distribution is variable because the sardine stock migrates seasonally and interannually.

Workshop Dates and Times

The meeting will take place August 17-19, 2015. Meeting times are Monday 1-5 p.m., Tuesday 8-5 p.m., and Wednesday 8-12 p.m. or until business for that day is completed.

Workshop Location

The workshop 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 meeting 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 five 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.