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New Tool Available to See Proposed Essential Fish Habitat, Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area Modifications

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

An interactive website now makes it possible to view potential changes to essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast groundfish. Changes to EFH and the trawl rockfish conservation area are being considered at the November 2016 Council meeting.  This GIS-based tool provides details on individual essential fishing habitat conservation areas that may be modified, closed or reopened as a result of Council action (the Council is choosing a preliminary preferred alternative in November, with final action in 2017.)   We recommend first viewing this five-minute tutorial.

Users can also see other layers such as the trawl rockfish conservation areas, Tribal Usual and Accustomed Areas, and other regulatory/spatial boundaries. More information on the alternatives are available on the Council website.

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Productivity Workshop to be Held December 6-8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

December 6-8, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to model productivity in groundfish and coastal pelagic species stock assessments.  The workshop is open to the public.

The Productivity Workshop will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The meeting will continue on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 through Thursday, December 8, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. each day.  The meetings will end at 5 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Agenda

Meeting Materials

Abstracts

Background

Presentations

If you have questions about the workshop materials, please contact Mr. John DeVore, John.DeVore@noaa.gov; 503-820-2280.

Webinar Option

The Workshop Will Be Broadcast via Webinar, please join the meeting by:

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this toll free number 1-877-953-3912; then enter the attendee passcode 2523402. Audio portion is a third party conference line, courtesy of AFSC.

Purpose

The purpose of the Productivity Workshop is to review proposed methods for modeling productivity in stock assessments for groundfish and coastal pelagic species.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.  The workshop participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s advisory bodies at its November 2016 meeting in Garden Grove, California and its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The Productivity Workshop will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room 2076
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, or New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State-issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility. Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

Additional 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 ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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November 2016 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

November 2016 Council Meeting Fast Facts are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).

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November 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the November 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 2016 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. The November 2016 briefing book webpage also contains information about the “Annual Banquet”.

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2016

Thursday, October 27th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Fall 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Boise, Idaho. 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, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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RSVP for the PFMC’s Annual Banquet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Annual Banquet will be held (in conjunction with the November 13-21, 2016 Council meeting) on Wednesday, November 16, 20166 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California.  

The Banquet honorees are Dr. Donald McIsaac for his 16 years serving as the Executive Director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Council members include, Mr. Dave Ortmann, Mr. Dan Wolford, and Mr. Bob Turner.  Advisory body members include Dr. Sam Herrick, Dr. Pete Lawson, Mr. Doug Milward, and Ms. Sandy Zeiner.  Please join us in thanking them for their contributions to West Coast fisheries management through their work for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Reservations need to be made by filling out the November 2016 Banquet RSVP Form no later than Wednesday, November 9.

This is a cash only event and the cost of $20 per person will be collected at the door for a dinner ticket.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Renee Dorval at 503-820-2280 or toll free 866-806-7204.

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November 13-21, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet starting Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Garden Grove, California.  Advisory bodies will start Sunday, November 13.  The Council session will start on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the November 2016 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Webinar Monday, November 7, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Monday, November 7, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare and develop recommendations for the November 13-21, 2016 Pacific Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.  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.

Agenda

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: 917-479-603
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0052 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  764-818-012;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.

Technical Information and 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 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

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 503-280-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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The Trawl Catch Share Review Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Hold a Meeting November 2-3, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting, that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday, November 3, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

Meeting Materials

The main focus of the CAB meeting will be to review the annotated outline (blueprint) for the five-year catch share review.  A version similar to the draft posted for CAB review will be included in the briefing materials for the Council’s November 2016 meeting.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to develop recommendations for the Pacific Council pertaining to plans for its five-year review of the groundfish trawl catch share program (implemented pursuant to Amendment 20 of its groundfish fishery management plan).  The CAB’s immediate task is to comment on the detailed outline (blueprint) for the review document.  The CAB may also begin some initial work on the identification of issues that may be taken up as follow-on regulatory actions pursuant to the results of the review.  Additionally, the CAB will receive a presentation from National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Economic Data Collection Program on data collected from catch share program participants.  The CAB’s recommendations on the review will be conveyed for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will provide guidance to analysts that will be drafting the review.

The CAB is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Council at its September 2016 meeting.  The CAB is charged with providing the perspective of fishing communities on performance of the trawl catch share program, potential improvements, and other advice requested by the Council that may inform the program review.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
Grand Ballroom
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
206-634-2000
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 ten business days prior to the meeting date.

Additional Information

For further information about the meeting, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

 

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2017 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and Annual Regulation Changes

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

The Council adopted for public review, proposed changes to the 2017 Area 2A Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual fishing regulations. The changes are specific to the Washington and Oregon recreational fisheries and are described in the reports provided by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item I.1.a, Supplemental WDFW Report, September, 2016) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (Agenda Item I.1.a, ODFW Report, September, 2016).

No changes were proposed for the Southern Oregon or California sub-area recreational fisheries, or any commercial fisheries.  The same approach to establish the California recreational season structure and inseason management processes used in 2016, as described in the current Catch Sharing Plan (Agenda Item I.1, Attachment 1, September 2016), will be used in 2017.

The Council is scheduled to adopt the final changes to the 2017 CSP and annual fishing regulations at their November 13-21 meeting in Garden Grove, California. Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, October 18, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting. For more information on submitting public comment, please see the instructions on how to submit public comments.

For further information, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at (503) 820-2426; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 426.

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