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“The Line” May 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Line, Volume 5, No. 1, May 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 decisions made at the March and April 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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, May 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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June 21-28, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 21‐28, 2016 in Tacoma, Washington to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, Pacific Halibut, and habitat matters.

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

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Reminder, HMSAS and HMSMT Webinar on Thursday, May 12

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of NOAA Fisheries, Visits Council on Anniversary of MSA

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

Sam Rauch, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs of NOAA Fisheries, visited the Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting today to observe the 40th anniversary of Federal fisheries management under the Magnuson-Stevens Act and to discuss ongoing programs of National Marine Fisheries Service. The Magnuson-Stevens Act, or MSA, is the foundation of fisheries management in the United States, and was enacted on April 13, 1976. The MSA created eight Regional Fishery Management Councils that support transparent regional management of the nation’s fisheries.

“The strength of the MSA is that it created the Council system, which has worked extraordinarily well in terms of making sure that decisions are transparent, are science-based and have stakeholder input,” said Rauch. “It allows us to make deliberative decisions together, as opposed to in a black box. It is what has built the success that we have enjoyed. In the last few years we have consistently had either record or near-record landings, nationally. At the same time, we have also made significant strides in reducing the number of stocks that are on the overfished list, and that are subject to overfishing. Those continue to be at either all-time lows or near all-time lows. [The status of fish stocks] is something the Councils should be proud of, because this is where the hard work happens to make all that possible. The regional Councils are the bodies that make all the tough decisions.”

Rauch went on to discuss NOAA’s draft National Bycatch Reduction Strategy. The proposal continues the nation’s momentum on reducing bycatch—when fishermen catch fish they don’t want, can’t keep, or aren’t allowed to keep. Bycatch can also occur when fishing gear harms or kills marine mammals, seabirds, corals, sponges, sea turtles, or protected fish. NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comment on the draft strategy through June 3.[1]

Rauch also discussed the President’s task force on illegal, unregulated, and unreported fishing. A new NOAA program beginning this fall will track the origin of certain at-risk stocks imported into the United States, leading to a safer and higher quality seafood product for consumers.

Recently, a peer-reviewed study determined that the U.S. fisheries management system meets U.N. Food and Agricultural Organization standards for sustainable fishing. “U.S. fisheries are the best managed in the world,” said Rauch.

[1] http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/fisheries_eco/bycatch/strategy.html

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Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Joint Meeting by Webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) and Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a joint meeting by webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is concluded.

Webinar Purpose

The primary purpose of the webinar is to provide advice to Council-sponsored attendees to the Second North Pacific Albacore Management Strategy Evaluation Workshop sponsored by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC).  The workshop will be held May 24-25, 2016, in Yokohama, Japan.  In January 2016 the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) circulated a list of management objectives and related questions compiled by Dr. John Holmes, Chair of the ISC’s Albacore Working Group based on input from members of the WCPFC’s Northern Committee.  (See the Webinar Materials below for that document). The HMSAS and HMSMT will use this document as a reference for providing advice to the workshop attendees.

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: 109-140-403
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (213) 929-4212 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  300-135-098;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

We encourage participants to use their telephone by selecting “Use Telephone” once you have joined the webinar.  If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP).  (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 chairs of the HMSAS and 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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March 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 9-14, 2016 in Sacramento, California. The March 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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March 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the March 2016 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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March 8-14, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 8‐14, 2016 in Sacramento, California to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, Pacific halibut, highly migratory species, ecosystem‐based management, and habitat matters.

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

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Winter 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Winter 2015 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. 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, Winter 2015, 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” December 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 3, December 2015 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 decisions made at the November 2015 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, December 2015, 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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