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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 It has not yet been peer reviewed, and is subject to change based on review by the Stock Assessment Review Panel.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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Agenda Available for Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team Work Session January 17-19, 2017

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective February 13, 2017. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published January 12, 2017.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Penny Ruvelas, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–4197
  • Lynne Barre, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–4745
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Dawn Golden, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5000
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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2016-17

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Winter 2016-17 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Garden Grove, California. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team Work Session January 17-19, 2017

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a work session of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), January 17-19, 2017, in La Jolla, California.

The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 17, and at 8 a.m. each following days of Wednesday, January 18 and Thursday, January 19th.  The meeting will adjourn each day at 5 p.m., or when business for the day has been completed.

Although this is a work session for the CPSMT, it is open to the public. There may be opportunity for public comment, at the discretion of the CPSMT Chair.

Work Session Agenda

Work Session Purpose

There are several purposes of the work session, including:

  • Review draft final analysis and fishery management plan language for small-scale fisheries, in preparation for Council final action in April 2017;
  • Exploration of potential changes to CPS management categories;
  • Consider potential for periodic review of monitored stock harvest specifications and management measures, including identification of data streams, sampling, and survey priorities that could potentially inform adjustments to harvest specifications for monitored stocks;
  • Furthering our understanding ecosystem information and concerns, as they relate to CPS management, forage needs, and other ecosystem needs; and
  • Workload planning for 2017 and 2018.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Pacific Conference Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
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 ten business days prior to the meeting date.

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

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November 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2016 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.

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November 2016 PFMC Meeting Audio Files Available

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

For your listening enjoyment, we have made available the MP3 files from our November 2016 PFMC Meeting on our website, please see the November 2016 Council Meeting archive.

Call or email Sandra at the Council office if you have questions or need assistance; 503-820-2419; Sandra.Krause@noaa.gov.

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Productivity Workshop to be Held December 6-8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

December 6-8, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to model productivity in groundfish and coastal pelagic species stock assessments.  The workshop is open to the public.

The Productivity Workshop will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The meeting will continue on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 through Thursday, December 8, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. each day.  The meetings will end at 5 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Agenda

Meeting Materials

Abstracts

Background

Presentations

If you have questions about the workshop materials, please contact Mr. John DeVore, John.DeVore@noaa.gov; 503-820-2280.

Webinar Option

The Workshop Will Be Broadcast via Webinar, please join the meeting by:

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this toll free number 1-877-953-3912; then enter the attendee passcode 2523402. Audio portion is a third party conference line, courtesy of AFSC.

Purpose

The purpose of the Productivity Workshop is to review proposed methods for modeling productivity in stock assessments for groundfish and coastal pelagic species.  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.

Meeting Location

The Productivity Workshop will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room 2076
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, or New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State-issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

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 Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility. Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

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 503-820-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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November 2016 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

November 2016 Council Meeting Fast Facts are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).

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November 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the November 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 2016 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. The November 2016 briefing book webpage also contains information about the “Annual Banquet”.

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