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NOAA Fisheries seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee (WCPFC)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a notice seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the US Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The request for nominations is attached here for your reference. Nominations for membership must be received no later than March 2, 2015.

For more information please view the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/14/2015-00412/nominations-for-the-western-and-central-pacific-fisheries-commission-permanent-advisory-committee.

For further information, please contact:  Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-725-5036; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov.

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries PIRO.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Reminder: Deadline for EFPs for swordfish and other highly migratory species is February 9, 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch. (more…)

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Monday, January 12th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Wednesday, February 4 to Friday, February 6, 2015, which is open to the public.  This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

UPDATED: Meeting Locations

The meeting will be held at two locations as follows:

Wednesday, February 4

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
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Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6

Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea
Wind and Sea Room
7830 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037
Phone: 858-459-4461
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Meeting topics and agenda

The HMSMT will discuss assignments and develop reports for HMS topics to be taken up at Council meetings in 2015.  Topics on the March 2015 Council agenda that the HMSMT will focus on include 1) developing a Drift Gillnet Management and Monitoring Plan purpose and need statement and contents; 2) analyzing the range of alternatives adopted by the Council in November 2014 for bycatch reduction and monitoring for the California drift gillnet fishery; and 3) reviewing and making recommendations on exempted fishing permit proposals.  The HMSMT will also discuss the planned management strategy evaluation for North Pacific albacore tuna to be conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean and potential Council advice to the U.S. delegation.  Time permitting, the HMSMT may discuss initial planning for topics on future Council meetings including the authorization of a shallow-set longline fishery outside the west coast Exclusive Economic Zone and creating a Federal limited entry permit for the California drift gillnet fishery.

Additional information

The 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 five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective January 28, 2015. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published December 29, 2014.

For further information, please contact: Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494; Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328; Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824–5312; Elizabeth Petras, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–3238; Brent Norberg, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–6550; Kim Rivera, Alaska Region, 907–586–7424; Nancy Young, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5156.

“The Line”, summary of West Coast fisheries news, December 2014 version available online

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

Federal Register Documents published December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Documents published on December 17, 2014 in the Federal Register that can be found on our Federal Register Notices webpage:

  • Fisheries off West Coast States; Final Rule; Regulatory Amendment to Pacific Coast Groundfish Fisheries Trawl Rationalization Program for the Start of 2015
  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Vessel Identification Requirements
  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region, Gear Identification Requirements

Presidential Task Force on combating IUU recommendations released, comments due by January 20, 2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released its recommendations for establishing a comprehensive framework to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations are now available as published in the December 18, 2014 Federal Register notice and open for a 30-day comment period, specifically seeking input and guidance on how to implement them. The comment period begins on December 18, 2014, and closes on January 20, 2015.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Carrie Selberg, NOAA, (301) 427-8021; or visit NOAA Fisheries IUU Task Force webpage.

November 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

NMFS seeks comments on Control Date for Large-Mesh Drift Gillnet Limited Entry Program

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

On October 28, 2014, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register: “Control Date for Large-Mesh Drift Gillnet Limited Entry Program”. This advance notice of proposed rulemaking announces a control date of June 23, 2014, that may be used as a reference for allocation decisions when considering potential future management actions to limit the number of participants in the large-mesh drift gillnet fishery that targets swordfish and thresher sharks.

To view the proposed rule and for instructions on how to comment, please see the October 28, 2014 Federal Register notice. Comments must be submitted in writing by November 28, 2014. If you have further questions, please contact: Mr. Mark Helvey, NMFS: (562) 980-4040, or mark.helvey@noaa.gov.