Monday, August 25th, 2014
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.
Please see the Federal Register dated August 25, 2014 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 24, 2014.
Thursday, August 7th, 2014
NOAA Fisheries proposes to update the Federal list of authorized fisheries and gear issued under section 305(a) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (“List of Fisheries”). The List of Fisheries includes a description of fisheries that operate in the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone, the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s geographic area of authority. This action is necessary because the current list is outdated and either includes several fisheries that no longer occur, or does not include fisheries that do occur, within the U.S. West Coast EEZ. The intended effect of this rule is to bring the list up to date with current West Coast fisheries and fishery management plans.
Please see the Federal Register notice dated August 7, 2014 to read the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before September 8, 2014.
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Yvonne deReynier, 206-526-6129; (fax) 206-526-6736;
Mr. Joshua Lindsay, 562-980-4034; 562-980-4047
Monday, July 28th, 2014
Public Comment Deadline – September 2014 Advance Briefing Book
Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, August 15, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the September meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”
Supplemental Public Comment Deadline
Public comments or materials received at the Council office after August 15, but BY 11:59 pm, September 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the September meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”
See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.
Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant processor (south of Cape Mendocino) seat on its Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) as well as a vacancy to the California sport/charter seat on its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS). Both positions are for the remainder of the 2013-2015 advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Friday, August 15, 2014.
Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcements and instructions on how to submit nominations.
Monday, June 30th, 2014
The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 20-25, 2014 in Garden Grove, California. The June 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.
Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014
The Briefing Book for the June 2014 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.
Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 18‐25, 2014 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, salmon, and habitat matters.
Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.
Thursday, May 1st, 2014
Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 1, May 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the March and April 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.
You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.
Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.
Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
On April 29, 2014, NOAA Fisheries Service released two reports that document positive trends in the sustainability of U.S. federally-managed fisheries. Both reports “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” and the “Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013” are available from the NOAA Fisheries Feature Stories webpage.
This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries.
Monday, April 14th, 2014
The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.