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Council Considering Option to Require Electronic Reporting for Groundfish Open Access Deliveries of Sablefish

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As part of its review of the limited entry fixed gear program, the Council is considering a number of options which would create a Federal electronic landings reporting requirement for sablefish. The requirement would not be a replacement for state fish tickets but in addition to state fish ticket requirements. The alternatives being considered vary primarily in the scope of the landings covered. Alternatives 2 and 3 cover landings in the limited entry fixed gear fishery while Alternative 4 would also cover open access landings of sablefish. The Council discussed this issue at its April meeting and will select a final preferred alternative at its June meeting. One question raised in April was whether Alternative 4 would apply to any open access landing (directed or incidental) and whether there might be a minimum poundage threshold which would trigger the electronic reporting requirement. For further information see April briefing book materials for Agenda Item C.6: http://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2014-briefing-book/#groundfishApr2014

Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated regarding the “June 2014 Scoping Process, Decision on Adapative Management Program (AMP) Pass-thru and Other Clarifications”. At its March 2014 meeting, the Council adopted for analysis the following AMP alternatives:

  1. No Action Alternative: Beginning in 2015, the QP associated with the QS set-aside for AMP purposes will be distributed in accordance with procedures developed under the AMP provisions adopted under Amendment 20.
  2. Action Alternative 1: The AMP QP allocation procedures will be considered as part of the five year review and the pass-through procedure used since 2011 will be continued
    • Suboption A: through 2017.
    • Suboption B: until the implementation of regulations resulting from the 5‑year review.
  3. Action Alternative 2. The pass-through procedures used since 2011 will be continued until procedures are developed as specified in the AMP provisions of Amendment 20.

April 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Advisory Committee to Meet

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a joint work session, which is open to the public, May 7 and 8 in Seattle, Washington. The GEM Committees will discuss development of an impact analysis for the Pacific Council’s adopted alternatives for a potential electronic monitoring program currently being developed for the Pacific Coast Groundfish limited Entry Trawl Fishery, and any other results from the April Pacific Council meeting.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEM Committees for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting.  The meeting will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the GEM Committees’ intent to take final action to address the emergency.

The work session will be held May 7 and 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed.

The meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
Olympic 2 Room
18740 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA, 97188
Telephone: 206-246-8600

Driving Directions

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 joint work session, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Public Comment Deadlines for the June 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, May 23, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after May 23, but BY 11:59 pm, June 13 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 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated.  New section regarding the Proposed Rule for chafing gear added as well as the draft Environmental Assessment.

ODFW looking to contract with vessels for the 2014 monitoring field season

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Vessel Contract Applications for 2014 Now Available

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is looking to contract with five local vessels for the 2014 monitoring field season. Applications are now available to bid on contracts. Applications and information is available on the OregonOcean marine reserves 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.

April 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the April 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.

March 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-13, 2014 in Sacramento, California. The March 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2014 Briefing Book

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, March 19, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the April meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after March 19, but BY 11:59 pm, March 30 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the April meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.