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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on May 19-21, 2015, which is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 and at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21. The meeting will be held at the following location:

Regional Administrator’s Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

Agenda and Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (other than salmonids) and provide recommendations to the Council on any additional mitigation measures needed, if any, to meet the requirements of the Act as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinion for the fishery.

You may also join this meeting by conference line and webinar. To join by phone, participants should dial 888-790-6085, passcode 1730793.

To Attend the Webinar

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region has made the GoToMeeting arrangements; if you have questions regarding the GoToMeeting webinar, please send an email to Ms. Sarah Williams or contact her at 206-526-4646 for technical assistance.

Each day of the meeting requires a different web address.

On May 19, participants can join Meeting ID: 544-685-613 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/544685613

On May 20, participants can join Meeting ID: 991-327-765 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/991327765

On May 21, participants can join Meeting ID: 845-869-013 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/845869013

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). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use the conference line number by dialing 1-888-790-6085, and entering passcode 1730793 at the prompt.

GoToMeeting 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)

 

Additional information

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Ms. Sarah Williams (Sarah.Williams@noaa.gov, 206-526-4646) in advance to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

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 five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the meeting topics, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

April 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the April 2015 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.

Widow Rockfish QS Reallocation Analysis Available

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Council is considering the reallocation of the widow rockfish quota shares (QS) issued as part of the individual fishing quota system implemented under the Amendment 20 trawl rationalization program. This consideration also has implications for the deadline by which all of those who control QS must divest themselves down to the QS control limits (November 30, 2015). Analysis has been produced and is available; download the document Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions: Widow Rockfish Reallocation, Divestiture Deferment and Forfeiture Methodology, Magnuson Stevens Act Analysis and Draft Environmental Assessment.  The alternatives and a summary of impacts are provided in Chapter 2 and the main allocational results in Section 4.3.

The Council is scheduled to take final action on this issue at its April 10-16 meeting in Santa Rosa California. Comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office by 11:59 PM, Thursday, April 2, 2015 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.

April 10-16, 2015 Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 10-16, 2015 in Rohnert Park, California to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, and essential fish habitat matters.

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

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.

Final recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on IUU fishing and seafood fraud

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On March 15, 2015, the Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, released its Action Plan. Please see NOAA Fisheries IUU webpage to read the press release and download the complete Action Plan.

For questions, please contact Laurel Bryant, NOAA Fisheries (Laurel.Bryant@noaa.gov).

April 2015 Public Comment Deadline

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – April 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Friday, March 20, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the April meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after March 20, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, April 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the April 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.

Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Conference Call

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a conference call that is open to the public on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 1 pm until business for the day is completed. To attend the GMT teleconference, participants need to dial the following toll-free number: 888-283-0166 and enter the following Participant Code: 4432591.

Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the April 2015 Council meeting. Specific agenda topics include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s proposed revisions to National Standards 1, 3, and 7; a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries including carryover for the shorebased individual fishing quota program; further consideration for flexible management of annual catch limit set-asides; and comments on a Council Operating Procedure for methodology reviews. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its April 10-16, 2015 meeting in Rohnert Park, California.

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

For Further Information

This listening station 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.

For further information about the conference call, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Materials available for the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel’s March 3, 2015 webinar

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, which is open to the public. A proposed draft agenda and other meeting materials are now available for that webinar. Continue reading for the agenda, meeting materials and webinar information

Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated. The Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has information on:

  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation Pending
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation on Hold
  • Council Deliberations In Progress
  • Longer Term Planning
  • Issues for Future Scoping
  • Other Issues Affecting the Trawl Fishery
  • Completed Trailing Actions