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Materials available for Enforcement Consultants webinar

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Enforcement Consultants (EC) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 18, 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

Shoreside whiting season date proposed rule publishes

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Council has recommended moving the shorebased sector primary whiting season opening date to May 15 for all areas north of 40o30’ N. Latitude. Implementation is expected by May 2015. On February 17, 2015, the proposed rule published. The deadline for comment on the proposed rule and accompanying EA is March 19, 2015.

ODFW looking to contract with vessels for the 2015 monitoring field season

Friday, February 6th, 2015

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking to contract with local vessels for the 2015 field season to assist with scientific monitoring. Applications are now available to bid on contracts for hook-n-line surveys. The surveys will be conducted this spring and fall. Applications and information is available on the ODFW website. You may also contact Keith Matteson at (541) 867-7701 x225 or Keith.M.Matteson@state.or.us for more information.

The above information is posted as a courtesy to ODFW.

Groundfish Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Thursday, January 29th, 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. The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 12 p.m. The primary purpose of the webinar is to discuss and develop statements for the Council’s March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, Washington on two agenda items: 1) Recommendations for incidental halibut retention allowances in the sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis, Washington – this topic will only be discussed if the Area 2A Pacific halibut Total Allowable Catch is high enough to provide such opportunities; and 2) Ecosystem Plan Initiatives -the Council will prioritize a list of fishery ecosystem plan initiatives and provide direction for additional consideration of the highest priority issue(s). Other pertinent items that are on the Council’s agenda for the March meeting may be addressed if time allows.

New! Webinar Materials

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: 101-963-979
  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). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 1-702-489-0004 (not a toll-free number), then enter your phone audio access code 502-039-210, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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 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

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

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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 Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council; see the ODFW resources website for further information.

Anyone interested in being considered, or wishing to nominate someone, must contact Cyreis Schmitt, ODFW, at 541-867-4741 or cyreis.c.schmitt@state.or.us no later than February 13, 2015.

Request for nominations on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking two qualified candidates, one to represent the Washington Charter Boat position, and one to represent the Oregon Charter Boat position, on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP). The positions are for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2015. Appointments will be made at the March 7-12, 2015 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement and instructions on how to submit nominations.

Notice of availability: groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2015-2016 and biennial periods thereafter

Friday, January 16th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability for the following document: “Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 2015-2016 and Biennial Periods Thereafter; Includes the Reorganization of Groundfish Stock Complexes, Designation of Ecosystem Component Species and Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to Establish a Process for Determining Default Harvest Specifications; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)”. Visit the Council’s groundfish website for the FEIS document, the notice of availability, instructions on how to comment, and who to contact for further information.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Groundfish Management Team to Hold a Work Session

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a weeklong work session that is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, February 6 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda

The primary purpose of the GMT meeting is to prepare for the 2015 Council meetings, including the upcoming harvest specifications and management measures cycle for 2017-2018.  Specific agenda topics include a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; methodologies for estimating groundfish mortality and economic impacts for the 2017-2018 analysis; ecosystem management initiatives; analysis of rebuilding revision rules; and further consideration for flexible management of annual catch limit set-asides.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT; the GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its meetings in 2015.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
College Room
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
206-634-2000
Driving Directions

For further 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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

Reminder notice and agenda available for the January 6, 2015 SSC Webinar

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar to review new methodologies proposed for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments. The online SSC webinar is open to the public. An agenda, along with additional meeting materials are now available for that Webinar. (more…)