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Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, February 16, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after February 16 but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the 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.

Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group (SRG) will meet on February 18 – 21, 2014 at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

Meeting Dates:

February 18-21, 2014

Meeting Location:

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-826-4242

If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, Whiting Treaty Coordinator at 206-526-4644.

NMFS Calls for Nominations to the Advisory Panel for Pacific Whiting Agreement with Canada

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting nominations for the United States Advisory Panel (AP) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting. Nominations are being sought to fill one vacancy on the AP for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring on January 22, 2016. The appointee will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the term. Nominations must be received by February 28, 2014.

The Public Notice may be found on the following West Coast Groundfish web page: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/nmfs-sea-14-01.pdf

If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, Whiting Treaty Coordinator at 206-526-4644.

Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Meeting Via Webinar, Public Invited to Listen In

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recently announced two conference calls of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC). Both conference calls will be open to the public, in addition to a public listening station available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council offices. The conference calls will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, February 4, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Please note, the online webinar is available to the public in “listen only mode”.

To join either conference call via webinar, follow these instructions:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 219-351-991
  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). It is recommended that you use a computer headset. If you do not have a headset or speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-480-297-0021 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 158-297-195; audio pin shown after joining the webinar.

Technical Information and User Guide

User Guide

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 also send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280 for technical assistance.

The Public Listening Station is located at:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
503-820-2280
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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the EFHRC work session, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Now Available: Compliance Guide for Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Cost Recovery Program

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The NOAA Fisheries announces the publication of a compliance guide for cost recovery in the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program. New requirements are effective January 10, 2014. The Compliance Guide can be downloaded from the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region website: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/cost-recovery-compliance-guide.pdf.

Question regarding the program? Contact the NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region Groundfish Policy and Regulations Branch at: Phone: 206-526-6140 Fax: 206-526-6736

Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee (JTC) will meet on January 13-14, 2014 at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington. Draft agenda items include: a summary of data and the assessment model; Draft 2013 Pacific Hake/Whiting Stock Assessment discussion; and decision making.

Meeting Time:

Monday, January 13: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and
Tuesday, January 14: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Meeting Location:

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-826-4242

For further information, please contact the Groundfish Branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service, West Coast Region at 206-526-6140; or visit their Pacific Whiting Treaty webpage.

Temporary Rule: Reapportionment of Tribal Whiting Allocation

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As announced in the Federal Register on December 18, 2013, NOAA Fisheries announces the reapportionment of 30,000 mt of Pacific whiting from the tribal allocation to the non-tribal commercial fishery allocations. This action is intended to allow for full utilization of the resource. The rule is effective December 18, 2013, until December 31, 2013, unless modified, superseded or rescinded. The reapportionment of whiting is applicable September 18, 2013 until December 31, 2013.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Kevin C. Duffy (West Coast Region, NMFS), phone: 206-526-4743, fax: 206-526-6736 and email: Kevin.Duffy@noaa.gov.

Groundfish Endangered Species Work Group to Hold Organizational Meeting Via Webinar

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Groundfish Endangered Species Work Group (ESWG) will hold an online organizational webinar meeting.  The online ESWG webinar is open to the public.  The purpose of the ESWG webinar is to introduce the members to each other, elect officers, review the ESWG terms of reference, and set out expectations for future work and how that work will be accomplished.

To Attend the Webinar

This webinar will be held on Thursday, January 23, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 628-107-399
  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).  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 1-619-550-0004 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 628-107-399.

Technical Information and User Guide

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 for technical assistance.

Additional information

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

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Chuck Tracy at 503-820-2280 ext. 415; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

The Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee to Meet Via Webinar

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold an online webinar in preparation for the SSC’s March 2014 meeting.  The online SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is open to the public.

The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is to review data-poor overfishing limit (OFL) estimates for kelp greenling in Oregon and Washington, new OFL estimates for the Washington stock of cabezon, and other business in preparation for the SSC’s March 2014 meeting.  Any recommendations developed at the webinar will be submitted for consideration by the Council’s SSC at its March 2014 meeting in Sacramento, California.

To Attend the Webinar

This webinar will be held on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 701-764-215
  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).  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 1-646-307-1721 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 799-773-093.

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)

User Guide

You may also send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee chair.

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date. If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280 ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee to Meet

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEMTAC) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. At the November Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California, the Council adopted for further analysis a range of alternatives for electronic monitoring (EM) of the West Coast groundfish trawl catch share program and announced that, at its April 2014 meeting, it will consider draft Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) applications submitted for the purpose of allowing the use of EM in place of observers for vessels participating in the trawl rationalization program. In a letter to the industry, the Council encouraged applicants to provide draft EFP applications to the Council’s GEMTAC before submission of a complete EFP application to the Council for its April meeting. The GEMTAC will hold a work session January 22 and 23 in Portland to discuss development of an impact analysis for the Council’s adopted alternatives (January 22) and to comment on draft EFP applications (January 23). The GEMTAC may comment on completeness of the study design, feasibility of implementation, or other elements of draft EFP application that might be considered for adjustment.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEMTAC 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 GEMTAC’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.

The meeting will be held January 22 and 23, 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 Portland, Oregon at the following location:

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Latourell Room
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR, 97220
Telephone: 503-256-5000

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the joint work session, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280, ext. 424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.