Coastal Pelagic Species blog

March 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the March 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.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a joint webinar to discuss Pacific sardine temperature parameters, including the CPSMT’s report and a revised analyses report, both of which will be included in the March Council meeting briefing book materials.

In March, the Council will be considering whether to adopt a new temperature index as an indicator of Pacific sardine productivity, and if so, how to incorporate it into management. The CPSMT met in January, 2014, and will submit a report for the March briefing book. The CPSAS will meet for one day at the March Council meeting, and will develop a supplemental report on the issue.

The webinar will be available to the public, in “listen only” mode on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.

To join the “listen only” webinar, follow these instructions:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 374-679-951
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset. If you do not have a headset or speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-415-655-0053 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 309-343-558; audio pin shown after joining the webinar.

Technical Information and User Guide

User Guide

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 also send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280 for technical assistance.

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review and Data Availability Meeting

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Pacific sardine stock assessment review (STAR) panel Monday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in La Jolla, California.  The meeting is open to the public.  On Thursday, March 6, there will be a meeting to summarize and characterize the data and surveys available for future coastal pelagic species (CPS) stock assessments.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a full stock assessment for Pacific sardine.  The last full stock assessment was in 2011, with updates completed in 2012 and 2013. The review panel will consist of two members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species, plus two independent experts.  The Council will use the 2014 assessment to establish Pacific sardine fishery management measures and harvest specifications for the 2014-15 fishing year, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.  Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also attend the meeting.

The purpose of the data availability meeting is to identify likely sources of fisheries data and surveys that can potentially be used in future assessments for Pacific sardine, Pacific mackerel, northern anchovy, and jack mackerel.

The meeting schedule is as follows:
March 3:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 4:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 5:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 6:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Data Availability Meeting)

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Pacific 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 meetings, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Meeting January 7-9, 2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT).  The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop advice to the Council regarding the potential to change the temperature index used as a correlate for sardine recruitment, as well as other considerations regarding elements of the Pacific sardine harvest control rule.  The CPSMT will develop a report for inclusion in the advance briefing book materials for the March, 2014 Council meeting.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. January 7, and will convene at 8 a.m. each subsequent day.  The meeting will adjourn each day at 5 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.

The CPSMT meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
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. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSMT meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Latest Version of The Line, Summary of West Coast Fisheries News

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Download The Line, Volume 2, No. 5, 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 November 2013 PFMC meeting.

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 503-820-2280 ext. 418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

November 2013 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 1-6, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

November 2013 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Briefing Book for the November 2013 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.

October 30‐November 6, 2013 Council Meeting

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Council to Consider a Variety of Issues Affecting Management of Future Groundfish, Halibut, and Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet October 30‐November 6, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, coastal pelagic species management, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for the meeting notice and agenda details.

Pacific Council Office Remains Open; Scheduled Meetings Will Take Place

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council office will remain open during the Federal government shutdown, and scheduled meetings will continue to take place.  Please call our main number of 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 with any questions.

NOAA Fisheries NWR and SWR formally merged

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Today October 1, 2013, NOAA Fisheries Northwest and Southwest regions are formally merged into a single region: the West Coast Region. The integrated region has a new configuration.

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