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September 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

The September 2016 Council meeting will be live‐streamed on the internet during the following hours:

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016: beginning at approximately 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 8:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM MT 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.

For agenda item topics, please see the September 2016 agenda.

Please Note:  The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person.  We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet outages, GoToMeeting service issues, power outages, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

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 15-20, 2016 Webinar ID is: 132-423-419
  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). This is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

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 1-213-929-4212 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 447-457-678; 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 five 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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Notice of availability: Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

As published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2016, NMFS has completed a Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ.

Written comments on the draft EA should be submitted to:

Sustainable Fisheries Division
National Marine Fisheries Service
501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200
Long Beach, CA 90802

Comments may also be submitted by email to RegionalAdministrator.WCRHMS@noaa.gov.  NOAA is accepting public comments through 5:00 p.m. (PST), October 3, 2016.

The EA is available for review from the NMFS’ West Coast
Region Web site: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/nepa/HMS/longline_efp_draft-ea_hms_sept16.pdf.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff:
Amber Rhodes (phone: 562–980–3231; email: Amber.Rhodes@noaa.gov) or Chris Fanning (phone: 562–980–4198; email: Chris.Fanning@noaa.gov), Long Beach, CA.

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September 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the September 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 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.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar, September 8, 2016, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council)  Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting by webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is concluded.

Webinar Purpose

The primary purpose of the webinar is for the HMSMT to work on reports for the September 12-20, 2016, Council meeting.  The HMSMT discussion of HMS items on the Council agenda are 1) Update on International Issues, 2) Exempted Fishing Permits, 3) Biennial Harvest Specifications and Management Measures, 4) Deep-Set Buoy Gear Exempted Fishing Permit Criteria to Advance Gear Authorization, and 5) Federal Drift Gillnet Permit Amendment.

Webinar 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: 157-057-235
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  832-921-033;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are required 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 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

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the HMSMT.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register dated August 15, 2016 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 14, 2016.

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September 12-20, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 12-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho, to address issues related to ecosystem, salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

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

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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2016 Briefing Book

Friday, July 29th, 2016

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 2016 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the September meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

SUPPLEMENTAL PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the August 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the September 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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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet August 8-11, 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Summer 2016 Newsletter available online

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Summer 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Summer 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the June 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington. 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, Summer 2016, 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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“The Line”, Volume 5, No. 2, July 2016

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

“The Line”, Volume 5, No. 2, July 2016 is now available on the Council’s website. “The Line” is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on the decisions made at the June 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding “The Line”, July 2016, 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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