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Attention PFMC authorized travelers – Helpful tips to use the PFMC Concur Travel Account

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Helpful Tips to Use the PFMC Concur Travel Account

There are changes in the way expense claims are completed and submitted for reimbursement when traveling on Pacific Council business. There is also a new option for making flight (transportation) reservations. Direct (Peak) Travel is replacing services formerly provided by American Express Travel for airline reservations, which can now be made on-line.

Initial log-in and Profile set-up

Log in information:

Profile set-up:

  • Once you are logged in, you will be on a Concur web page with options. Click on the Profile icon on the upper right corner to set up your profile and follow the prompts.
  • A tutorial regarding this process can be reached by downloading and reviewing the “PFMC Concur Helpful Tips – Initial log-in and Profile set-up“.

Submitting Expense Claims

Beginning June 1, 2015, expense claims are to be submitted through the on-line Concur account. A tutorial regarding this process can be reached by downloading and reviewing the “PFMC Concur Helpful Tips – Expense Claims“.

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you have completed your bank account information in advance of submitting a claim, it will take Concur about 2-3 business days to verify your bank information.

Booking Travel (Airfare/Rail/Hotel/Car Rental)

Our contract with American Express Travel has expired. In addition to making your own arrangements and submitting them after travel on an expense claim, you may use the Concur log-in to make travel arrangements with Direct (Peak) Travel and have them charged directly to PFMC. Your Name and TSA information must be updated prior to booking air travel. A tutorial regarding this process can be reached by downloading and viewing the “PFMC Concur Helpful Tips – Booking Travel (Airfare/Rail/Hotel/Car Rental)“.


Changes made within the U.S. VMS program

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has received notice from the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement that changes have been made within the U.S. Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) program that will affect vessel owners using Skymate VMS units and those using CLS America’s Thorium TST EMTU (the Thorium TST A2.0 and Thorium LEO A2.0 are unaffected). Affected vessel owners will be required to replace their VMS unit with another type-approved VMS unit. Please see the correspondence explaining these changes and opportunities for reimbursement, along with a list of type-approved units.

“The Line” May 2015

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The The Line, Volume 4, No. 1, May 2015 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 decisions made at the April 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. The Council recommends commercial & recreational fishery management measures for Federal waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon & California. The Council has five public meetings a year. All Council recommendations are subject to approval by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). To sign up for other notices, please go to

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, May 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

June 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Friday, June 12, 2015 through Tuesday, June 16, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast. Please see the June 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The June 12-16, 2015 Webinar ID is: 159-274-491
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1720; phone audio access code 574-408-270 (not a toll-free number); then enter the audio pin shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

Technical Information

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 for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately three business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

June 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the June 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.

Reminder! Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting

Tuesday, May 19th, 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. This is also being broadcast via webinar. (more…)

Groundfish Management Team (GMT) to Conduct a Conference Call June 4, 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 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 June 4, 2015 at 1 pm until business for the day is completed.

New! GMT Teleconference Materials

Teleconference Dial-In Number

To attend the GMT teleconference, participants need to dial the following toll-free number: 1-888-283-0166 and enter the following participant code: 4432591.

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
Driving Directions

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the June 2015 Council meeting.  Specific agenda topics include a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries; salmon Endangered Species Act reconsultation update; and the process for adopting harvest specifications and management measures for the 2017-2018 fisheries.  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 June 10-16, 2015 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

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.

New! Spring 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Spring 2015 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. 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, Spring 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

June 10-16, 2015 Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Council and its advisory bodies will meet June 10‐16, 2015 in Spokane, Washington to address issues related to groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, ecosystem management, and habitat matters.

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

June 2015 Public Comment Deadline

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015


Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, May 14, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline.”


Public comment materials received at the Council office after May 14, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.