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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
503-820-2280
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 DEADLINE – JUNE 2015 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

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.”

SUPPLEMENTAL 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.

April 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 11-16, 2015 in Rohnert Park, California. The April 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

PRELIMINARY DRAFT APRIL 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record.  The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing.  They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors.  They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action.  The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.

April 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

This listen-only mode webinar is held daily, from April 11-16, 2015, 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete. (The only exception is a CLOSED SESSION that will be held on Saturday, April 11 from 8 am to approximately 9 am; noting the Council meeting starts at approximately 9 am that day). Please see the April 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

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

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The April 11-16, 2015 Webinar ID is: 109-418-027
  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 1-646-307-1721; phone audio access code 965-893-632 (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.

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.