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Presidential Task Force on combating IUU recommendations released, comments due by January 20, 2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released its recommendations for establishing a comprehensive framework to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations are now available as published in the December 18, 2014 Federal Register notice and open for a 30-day comment period, specifically seeking input and guidance on how to implement them. The comment period begins on December 18, 2014, and closes on January 20, 2015.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Carrie Selberg, NOAA, (301) 427-8021; or visit NOAA Fisheries IUU Task Force webpage.

Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (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.

The SSC webinar will commence at 1 p.m. PT, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and continue until 3 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

A public listening station will be available at the Pacific Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
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Purpose of the Meeting and NEW! Meeting Materials

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to review recommendations of the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee regarding new methodologies proposed to inform 2015 groundfish stock assessments. No management actions will be decided in this webinar. Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC chair.

Webinar Information

To attend the SSC webinar, please join online at: http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar and enter the webinar ID: 156-698-723, as well as your name and email address.

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 1-415-655-0059 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 892-406-076; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you experience technical difficulties and would like assistance, please contact Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425.

If you have additional questions

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

NMFS publishes final rule on chafing gear

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

On December 2, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published in the Federal Register the final rule that modifies the existing chafing gear regulations for midwater trawl gear. This rule is effective January 1, 2015.

For further information, please contact Ms. Becky Renko, NMFS West Coast Region, 206-526-6110; (fax) 206-526-6736; Becky.Renko@noaa.gov.

Comment period open for the DEIS that evaluates the 2015-2016 harvest specifications and management measures and Amendment 24 to the groundfish FMP

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The comment period is now open for the draft Environmental Impact statement (DEIS) that evaluates the 2015-2016 harvest specifications and management measures and Amendment 24 to the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP). Amendment 24 includes default harvest control rules that would be used in future biennia, unless modified by the Council, to establish harvest specifications. Amendment 24 also designates some FMP species as ecosystem component species. For more information, please go to the draft Groundfish Amendment 24/DEIS webpage.

November 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

November 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the November 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.

Request for proposal for Audit/Tax Services

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting proposals from qualified, independent certified public accountants that are capable of performing an A-133 compliant single audit for FY 2014 that is in compliance with the cost principles and standards set forth in Federal Office of Management and Budget Circulars A-110 (15 CFR Part 14), A-122 (2 CFR, Part 230), and A-133 (73 FR 7696, February 11, 2008).

For questions and RFP information, please contact Ms. Patricia Crouse at the Council office; phone 503-820-2408; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 408.

Notifications/Deadlines

  • November 10, 2014: Request for Proposals will be emailed/mailed to interested parties
  • December 12, 2014: Notice of Intent to submit RFP
  • January 14, 2015: Deadline for Proposals

October 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online (Transmittal Letter)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met October, 17 2014 in an emergency meeting conducted via webinar and teleconference to consider inseason adjustments to 2014 Pacific whiting fisheries.  The October 2014 transmittal letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Emergency PFMC Meeting – October 17, 2014 at 2 PM Pacific Time

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Council to Consider Inseason Management of Groundfish Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet by conference call October 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. to address issues related to inseason management of groundfish fisheries. The meeting will end when business for the day is complete.

Purpose of the Emergency Meeting

This emergency meeting will be limited to one agenda item, which will include Council considerations to take final action on inseason adjustments to 2014 trawl fisheries related to Pacific whiting, darkblotched rockfish, and the incidental take of salmon.

Meeting Access and Arrangements

This Emergency Council Meeting will be held by conference call, and is open to the public. Access to this meeting can be by one-way internet streaming, telephone call, or both; see below for details. Individuals with physical disabilities impairing attendance of this meeting should contact Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 toll free.

Primary public access to this emergency meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be via live streaming webinar on the internet or one-way listening over a telephone line. The webinar broadcast begins at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) Friday, October 17, 2014, and will end when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations typically displayed on the screen at a normal Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion of the webinar is listen-only. To access the meeting online please:

  1. Join the one-way webinar by visiting this link: http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 471-941-735
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You can access the webinar using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, using the GoToMeeting application. It is recommended that you use a computer headset to listen to the meeting, but you may use your telephone for the one-way audio broadcast of the meeting. You can access the audio-only portion of this meeting using a telephone by dialing the toll number 1-415-655-0061 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 955-236-172. If you have technical difficulties, please contact Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425.

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Public Comment Information

Public comment on Council action will be accepted during the meeting prior to Council action.  If you wish to provide testimony during the Emergency Council meeting, you must use the following two-way conference call line rather than the number provided above: 888-790-5773 participant code: 9952325#.  If you elect to use this line, please use a phone with a mute function and mute your phone at all times other than when you are called upon to testify, out of courtesy and to permit effective conduct of the meeting. If you do not wish to provide verbal testimony, please access the meeting using the GoTo meeting protocol above.

Written public comments will be accepted and distributed to Council Members prior to deliberations if submitted by noon October 17, 2014. Written comments need to be submitted either by fax (503-820-2299) or email addressed to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.

Briefing Materials and Agenda

The agenda and briefing materials prepared for this meeting will be available on this webpage at least one hour prior to the meeting.

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November 12-19, 2014 Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Council to Consider a Variety of Issues Affecting Management of Future Coastal Pelagic Species, Groundfish, Highly Migratory Species, Pacific Halibut, and Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to coastal pelagic species, groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, highly migratory species management, and habitat matters.

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Agenda and Meeting Notice

Listed below are some key agenda items, which include Council considerations to:

  • Adopt final preferred alternatives for bluefin tuna management measures for 2015-2016 fisheries;
  • Adopt a final preferred alternative for the Pacific sardine harvest fraction parameter;
  • Adopt final changes to the 2015 Pacific halibut catch sharing plan and annual fishery regulations;
  • Adopt final recommendations for any changes to the lower Columbia River natural coho harvest matrix;
  • Take final action to rescind or revise previous Council action of open access registration under groundfish plan Amendment 22;
  • Adopt recommendations for adjustments to 2014 and 2015 groundfish fisheries.
  • Adopt final changes to salmon methodologies or conservation objectives, and the 2015 preseason management schedule;
  • Download a PDF copy of the November 2014 Meeting Notice and Agenda

Please refer to the detailed proposed agenda for a complete list of issues to be addressed. A schedule of advisory group meetings is provided on the last pages of the detailed proposed agenda. Copies of briefing materials prepared for the meeting can be found on our website www.pcouncil.org the week of October 29.

Meeting Locations and Arrangements

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 at the following location:

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-540-7000

All meetings are open to the public, except a closed executive session scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2014, to discuss litigation and administrative appointments. For more information on the meetings, refer to the detailed proposed agenda or call the Council office at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 toll free.

Public Comment Guidelines

The public is encouraged to comment, either verbally at the meeting or in writing. Timing of agenda items may change as the meeting progresses, and items not completed on the scheduled day will be carried over to later in the meeting, usually the next day.

Oral Public Comments

Oral public comments will be accepted during the meeting prior to action on each agenda item.

Written Public Comments

Written public comments are accepted by the Council via one of the methods described below. The public is encouraged to submit written comments as far in advance of the meeting as possible, either by mail, fax, of email addressed to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov. Electronic copies of written testimony is encouraged.

  • Comments received by 11:59 p.m. October 20, 2014 will be included in the briefing books mailed to Council members prior to the meeting.
  • Comments received after October 20 but by 11:59 p.m. November 5, 2014 will be distributed to Council members at the onset of the meeting.
  • If you cannot meet this latter deadline and are going to testify at the meeting, you can provide written testimony for distribution by one of the following methods at the meeting. However, please note these need to be provided to Council staff at the meeting well in advance of your testimony.
    • Provide an electronic copy to be posted with other briefing materials, or
    • Provide 40 photocopies with the Agenda Item Topic Number in the upper right corner of the front page of each copy. Refer to the attached agenda for the topic numbers; i.e., Agenda Item B.1 refers to public comment under Open Comment Period.

This meeting is open to the public and is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

One-Way Live Stream Available

The November 14-19, 2014 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will also be streamed live on the internet. The broadcasts begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) Friday, November 14, 2014-Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Broadcasts end daily at 6:00 p.m. 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. To access the meeting online go to http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the November Webinar ID, 430-417-591 and your email address. The online attendance can be done using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, using the GoToMeeting application. It is recommended that you use a computer headset to listen to the meeting, but you may use your telephone for the audio portion only of the meeting. The audio portion may be attended using a telephone by dialing the toll number 1-646-307-1719; phone audio access code 536-452-326 (not a toll-free number).