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June 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

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.

Electronic Monitoring Regulatory Process (from the June 2014 Council meeting)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Council made the following changes to the alternatives to table 2-1 of Agenda Item F.2.a, Attachment 1:

  • Under section 2.2.1 Discard Documentation Technology, add an option that is specific to the bottomtrawl nonwhting fishery that vessels could use cameras in lieu of a human observer if they were a member of a co-op.
  • Under section 2.2.2 Video Reading Protocols, add an option to subsample video with a logbook requirement.
  • Under Discard Accounting, add an option for the mothership (MS) sector of the whiting fishery only to account for unintentional minor discards of whiting by using as a proxy the average percentage of discard from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and any additional averaging from future years. This percentage amount would be deducted preseason from the MS co-ops allocation of whiting. Discard of bycatch species would be determined by pro-rating the observer data from the MS processor.
  • Under section 2.5 Discard Requirements, the Council removed Option C – Discard At Will.
  • Under section 2.8.5 EM Vessel Operational Plan – IVMP Expiration the Council removed Option C – Indefinite (example 2 or 3 year duration).
  • Under section 2.8.6 Declaration of EM Use, the Council added an option for more flexibility in the time frame to announce the use of EM in a given year.
  • Under section 2.12 Spatial Variation for High Bycatch Areas, the Council modified the options to be specific for only the bottomtrawl fishery:
    • Option A – No special provisions
    • Option B – fishing activity in areas that are likely to have lower bycatch could be monitored with EM rather than using observers; no EM in high bycatch areas
    • Option C – Under this option, if you chose to fish in a high bycatch area, a higher level of EM review may be required
  • Under section 2.13 Adaptive or Phased Implementation, the Council added an option to use EFPs to inform Council policy decision making.

We have posted an agenda for the GMT’s June 10, 2014 webinar

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Groundfish Management Team June 10, 2014 webinar. (more…)

June 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

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.

Groundfish Fishery Management Plan as Amended (May 2014)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

We have uploaded the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan as Amended (May 2014) on our Groundfish FMP webpage. In addition, you will also find the May 2014 version of Appendix F: Overfished Species Rebuilding Plans; see our Groundfish FMP Appendices webpage.

The Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan describes how the Council develops decisions for management of the groundfish fishery.

Please contact a groundfish staff officer at the Council if you have further questions:

Groundfish Management Team to Meet Via Webinar

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold an online webinar on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., or when business for the day is completed. The webinar is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of preparing for the June Council meeting, including specific focus on electronic monitoring regulatory development and exempted fishing permits.

New! Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 936-920-471
  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 as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1722 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 694-418-350; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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 send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.

Public listening station

  A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GMT chair.

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 webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

June 18-25, 2014 Council Meeting

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.

Council Requests Comments on its Public Review Draft of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Permit Stacking Program Review

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Council has released its latest draft assessment of the sablefish permit stacking program for public review.  While not fully complete, the release of this draft document prior to the June briefing book distribution has been made to allow for more thorough review and timely comments by managers of and stakeholders in the sablefish fishery.

The preliminary assessment of the sablefish permit stacking program indicates it has substantially met most of the objectives intended by the Council when it was approved in 2000.  The review has also identified several questions for which the drafting team hopes constituents of the program may be able to shed some light on with their comments (see Section 5.2).

The Council is scheduled to consider final approval of the review on Monday, June 23rd, at its meeting in Garden Grove, California.  The public comment deadline for the Council’s June briefing book is May 23rd.  The deadline for supplemental comments (those distributed on the first day of the June Council meeting) is June 13. The drafting team for the review will continue to work toward completion of the assessment for the June meeting. To submit comment, you may email them to; or you may send or fax to the Council office (see addresses).

For further information or questions, refer to the Council’s April 2014 briefing book archive for Agenda Item C.6 or contact Mr. Jim Seger or Dr. John Coon of the Council staff.

The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, May 2014 version available online

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, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

NOAA Releases Two Federal Fisheries Reports: Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013; Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012

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.