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November 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the November 2015 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.

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Informational Meeting for Fishing Community on Wave Energy Project at Camp Rilea

Monday, October 26th, 2015

OWET (Oregon Wave Energy Trust) will be hosting a community meeting on behalf of the various project partners including Resolute Marine Energy (RME), the Oregon Military Department (OMD), Camp Rilea, Clatsop County, with members of the local fishing community.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

OMD has begun working with RME as they begin planning towards a demonstration deployment of their nearshore wave energy device near Camp Rilea. This will be RME’s third ocean deployment of their bottom mounted wave flapper device, providing the company with valuable data and validation of the technology in a highly energetic environment. At the same time, this first deployment at Camp Rilea, currently planned for the spring of 2016, allows the military to explore strategies to meet its Net Zero initiatives.

The purpose of this meeting is to ensure local fishing community members are aware of and informed about the proposed RME demonstration project, and have an opportunity to provide input and advice into the planning process. Our goal is to discuss basic parameters for the project that balance military and developer goals for the deployment with information from the community about what will minimize potential impacts and maximize the success of the project as a learning opportunity for all involved.

Agenda: Introductions
Presentation by OMD/Camp Rilea
Presentation by Bill Staby, CEO, RME
Questions and discussion

When: October 28, 2015, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Where: El Compadre Restaurant
119 S Main Avenue
Warrenton, OR 97146
503-861-2906

Nancy Fitzpatrick, Executive Director
Oregon Salmon Commission
Oregon Albacore Commission
P.O. Box 983
Lincoln City, OR 97367
541-994-2647 Ph/Fax
www.oregonsalmon.org
www.oregonalbacore.org

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November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

November 13-19, 2015 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 13‐19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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Council Seeking Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms (nominations due no later than October 16)

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues for the 2016-2018 term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than October 16, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s webpage “Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.

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Public Comment Deadline for the November 2015 Briefing Book

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – November 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 16, 2015, 11:59 pm deadline, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, November 4 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November 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.

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September 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 11-16, 2015 in Sacramento, California. The September 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting.

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September 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the September 2015 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.

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September 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The September 2015 Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Friday, September 11, 2015 through Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at 6:00 PM 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. Please see the September 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The September 11-16, 2015 Webinar ID is: 141-257-515
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-702-489-0008; phone audio access code 418-407-809 (not a toll-free number); then enter the audio pin shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

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 for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately three business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

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National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and seafood fraud to hold public webinar August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee) is seeking comment on its draft list of principles for determining species “at risk” of IUU fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a draft list of “at risk” species.

The public comment period is currently open. The NOC is offering an opportunity to comment via public webinar on August 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For information on that webinar as well as the public comment submission process, and the draft list of principles, please see NOAA’s Presidential Initiative on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud website.

For questions, please contact Danielle Rioux, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service (phone 301–427–8516, or email Danielle.Rioux@noaa.gov).

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Habitat Committee to Conduct a Webinar

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Committee (HC) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

New! Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/539285365
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 539-285-365
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (872) 240-3212  (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code  539-285-365; 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.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 503-820-2280, 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

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the HC working meeting is to prepare for the September 2015 Council meeting, specifically Council Agenda Item H.8, Amendment to Modify Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat and to Adjust Rockfish Conservation Areas. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the HC Chair. The HC’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September 9-16, 2015 meeting in Sacramento, California.

For Further Information

This listening station 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 conference call, please contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden at 503-820-2418; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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