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Council Initiates Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program with Public Hearings to be Held August 31 through September 29

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is undertaking a review of its:

  • trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish fishery management plan [FMP]), and
  • intersector allocations (including Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).

Both the catch share program and intersector allocations went into place at the start of 2011 and review is required five years after implementation.  Additional information (including hearing handout materials) is available from the Council website on the groundfish webpage (Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program).

Coastal community hearings on the catch share program and intersector allocations will be held starting on August 31 and continuing through September 29.  The time for each person commenting may be limited depending on the number of people commenting.  For these hearings, general questions will be posed, such as:

  • How have you been impacted by the trawl catch share program and the intersector allocations?
  • What effects should the reviews of the catch share program and intersector allocation focus on?

Public Comment Opportunities

Comment from the hearings will be summarized and reported to the Council at its November, 2016 meeting.  The Council will use this input as it finalizes the plans for the content and areas of particular focus for the review.

All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Date (Start Time 7:00 PM) Hearing Location Address and Contact Information
Weds – Aug 31 San Luis Obispo Marriott Courtyard
San Luis Obispo Room
1605 Calle Joaquin Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: 805-786-4200
Thurs – Sept 1 Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay Lodge
Club Room
2400 Cabrillo Hwy. South
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-726-9000
Tues – Sept 6 Fort Bragg City of Fort Bragg
Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-961-2823
Weds – Sept 7 Eureka Red Lion Eureka
Evergreen Room
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: 707-445-0844
Thurs – Sept 8 Coos Bay Red Lion Coos Bay
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-267-4141
Mon – Sept 12 Westport Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 West Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
Phone: 360-268-9101
Tues – Sept 13 Seattle Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Diamond Room
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-621-9000
Weds – Sept 28 Astoria Comfort Inn and Suites
Meeting Room
3420 Leif Erickson Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2000
Thurs – Sept 29 Newport Agate Beach Inn
Jasper Room
3019 N. Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-9411

Additional information

The five-year review webpage with details (background materials and hearing handouts:  Groundfish Trawl Five-Year Review

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 hearings, or the five-year review process, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2016 Briefing Book

Friday, July 29th, 2016

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 2016 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after the August 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 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.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter available online

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Summer 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Summer 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the June 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington. 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, Summer 2016, 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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“The Line”, Volume 5, No. 2, July 2016

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

“The Line”, Volume 5, No. 2, July 2016 is now available on the Council’s website. “The Line” is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on the decisions made at the June 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding “The Line”, July 2016, 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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New webpage: Five Year Review: Trawl Catch Share Program (Amendment 20); Intersector Allocation (Amendment 21)

Monday, July 18th, 2016

New! Five Year Review webpage for the trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish FMP), and intersector allocations (Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).  The Five Year Review webpage provides information on the review of these programs, including

  • Review Process
  • Upcoming Events
  • Overview of Catch Share Program
  • Overview of Intersector Allocations
  • Background Documents
  • Contact Information
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Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

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

  • Trawl Catch Share Program Five-Year Review
  • Trawl Quota Program Workshop
  • 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
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Request for Nominations: Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board for the Five-Year Review of the Trawl Catch Share Program (Individual Fishing Quotas and At-Sea Co-Ops)

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to serve on an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is charged with providing the perspective of fishing communities on performance of the trawl catch share program, potential improvements, and other advice requested by the Council that may inform the program review. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than August 18, 2016.

Please see the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancy webpage for full details.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a webinar to approve new overfishing limit (OFL) estimates for Pacific ocean perch and to discuss plans for two upcoming workshops.  The webinar is open to the public.

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to approve new OFL estimates for Pacific ocean perch for use in establishing 2017-2018 specifications and management measures, and to discuss plans for two upcoming workshops (historical catch reconstruction and stock productivity).

Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinar

The SSC webinar will commence at 2 p.m. PST, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and continue until 4 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

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: 120-344-715
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number 1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 348-717-205
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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).

Technical Information and 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 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 webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413 or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.

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June 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 23-28, 2016 in Tacoma, Washington. The June 2016 Council Meeting Decisions 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 Decisions Summary Document.

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New Pacific Fishery Management Council Members Appointed

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

PORTLAND, Or. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of Marc Gorelnik of California and the reappointment of Herb Pollard, of Idaho, to the Pacific Fishery Management Council on Monday. Nominations were submitted by the governors of the two states and approved by the Secretary. The appointments go into effect on August 11.

Mr. Gorelnik, a trademark and copyright attorney, will fill the California at-large seat on the Council, replacing Mr. Dan Wolford. Mr. Gorelnik received a J.D. from the King Hall School of Law at UC Davis in 1993. Prior to entering the field of law, he was a project engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company’s Santa Barbara Research Center, and earned degrees in physics and scientific instrumentation from UC Santa Barbara. He currently lives in northern California and has worked on fishery issues on behalf of California recreational anglers for several years. Mr. Gorelnik currently serves on the Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel, which advises the Council on decisions that affect commercial and recreational salmon fisheries. He is Chairman of the Coastside Fishing Club and is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Mr. Pollard currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Council and will begin serving as Chair in August. He is currently serving his second term representing the Idaho Obligatory seat. Mr. Pollard was born in Lakeview, Oregon, and spent his early life in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1962. He attended University of Oregon for two years, before transferring to Oregon State University where he graduated with a BS Degree in Fisheries Science in 1967. Herb earned an MS in Fisheries Management from University of Idaho in 1969, and immediately started work for Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a Fishery Research Biologist. After a 28 year career with IDFG, including stints as Regional and State Fishery Manager, Anadromous Fishery Coordinator, and Regional Supervisor, he spent 10 years with NOAA Fisheries, dealing with Endangered Species Act consultations and regulations regarding fishery management, fish hatcheries, and harvest issues that impact listed salmon and steelhead in the Snake and Columbia River basins. Currently Mr. Pollard is working as an independent contractor consulting on fishery management issues. In addition to a professional career as a Fishery Biologist, he is an avid and expert recreational angler and has written and spoken extensively about recreational fishing.

Council Role

The Pacific Council includes members from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, as well as one Tribal seat. The Pacific Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

 

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