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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee to Hold Webinar Thursday, February 9

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee (Economics Subcommittee) will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 9, 2017, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 9 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) and is expected to end at 5 p.m. or when business for the day is complete. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss a methodology for examining socioeconomic impacts of the Council’s policies for the modification of essential fish habitat designations and rockfish conservation areas under Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.  Part of the overall project analysis will focus on the potential socioeconomic impacts of these spatial management changes on harvesters and fishing communities.

Webinar Materials

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: 480-960-155
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 943-128-623
  3. Enter your audio phone PIN (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

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 Sandra or contact her at 503-752-3732, 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date. If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280 ext. 424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting, February 15-16, 2017 in Seattle

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 15 through Thursday, February 16, 2017. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  Members of the public can participate: in person; via teleconference; and/or through “Go To Meeting.”  Those details are provided below.

Meeting 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

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Mr. Kevin Duffy (kevin.duffy@noaa.gov, 206-526-4743) at least one week prior to the meeting to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Endangered Species Act Workgroup meeting February 15-16, 2017

To Participate via Teleconference:

Please note the teleconference line for this meeting includes a different phone and participant pass code for each day.

For Wednesday, February 15:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-790-6085
  3. Participant Passcode:  1730793#

For Thursday, February 16:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-283-0166
  3. Participant Passcode:  443259#

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the ESW 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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Community Advisory Board to Hold Webinar February 7, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) trawl catch share five-year review Community Advisory Board (CAB), will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The CAB webinar will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The CAB will review the Council actions from the November 2016 Council meeting, continue preliminary discussions of actions that might follow-on from the five year review of the trawl catch share program, and make plans for its May/June 2017 meeting.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 363-170-539
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 981-429-294
  3. Enter your audio phone PIN (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

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 (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-820-2419 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the CAB 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective February 13, 2017. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published January 12, 2017.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Penny Ruvelas, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–4197
  • Lynne Barre, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–4745
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Dawn Golden, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5000
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Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting to be Held January 25-26

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a meeting to review methods proposed to be used in groundfish stock assessments.  The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting is to review proposed methods for groundfish stock assessment.  The specific methodologies to be reviewed are: 1) use of the Dirichlet multinomial likelihood for compositional data; 2) application of the Generalized Linear Mixed Model (GLMM) with spatial autocorrelation to survey data; 3) application of the GLMM with spatial autocorrelation to fishery CPUE data; 4) a revised set of priors for natural mortality; 5) a revised prior for steepness; and 6) new features in the revised Stock Synthesis software.  Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the chair.  No management actions will be decided by the meeting participants.  The meeting participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee at its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will commence at 8:30 a.m. PST, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and continue until 5 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.  The meeting will reconvene at a different location on Thursday, January 26, 2017 starting at 8:30 a.m. PST and continue as necessary to complete business for the day.

Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Assessment Methods Review Pacific Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee, January 25-26, 2017

Meeting Locations

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will be held at the following location on January 25:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, Washington 98112
Telephone: 206-860-3200
Driving Directions

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will be held at the following location on January 26:

Seattle Yacht Club (next door to the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
Heritage Room
1807 E Hamlin St.
Seattle, Washington 98112
206-325-1000
Driving Directions

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 Northwest Fisheries Science Center facility.  Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

For Further 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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the March 2017 Briefing Book

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the February 7, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2016-17

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Winter 2016-17 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Garden Grove, California. 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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Groundfish Management Team to Hold a Work Session January 9-13

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 9, 2017 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the 2017 Council meetings, including the development of harvest specifications and management measures for 2019-2020.  Specific agenda topics include revisions to the nearshore and non-nearshore projection models; review of the sablefish and lingcod discard mortality rates; and review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data.  A detailed agenda will be available on the Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its meetings in 2017.

Agenda (Revised 01/11/17)

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Council Office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further 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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers to Conduct a Webinar December 14, 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, which will be open to the public, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific time, or until business for the day is completed.  The primary purpose of the Area 2A Pacific halibut manager’s meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the January 23-27, 2017 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Recommendations generated from the meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representative, Mr. Phil Anderson.  Attendees may also address other assignments relating to Pacific halibut management.  No management actions will be decided by the attendees.  The meeting will be open to the public, and the agenda, which will be available one week before the meeting, will provide for a public comment period.

Webinar Materials

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: 811-687-419
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 867-903-330; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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 or contact him at 503-820-2425 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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November 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2016 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.

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