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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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Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings

Friday, July 8th, 2016

At its June 2016 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) decided to accept applications for exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to test deep-set buoy gear for review at all future meetings that include highly migratory species (HMS) topics on the agenda.  HMS topics are scheduled for the September and November 2016 Council meetings and the March and June 2017 meetings. This decision waives the regular schedule described in Council Operating Procedure 20 (COP 20), although the other provisions of this procedure will still apply.

According to COP 20, completed applications for EFPs from individuals or non-government agencies must be received at least two weeks before each Council meeting.  (State and Federal agencies must submit the application by the advanced briefing book deadline.)

Application Contents

EFP applications must contain sufficient information for the Council to determine:  if an exemption to the regulations is justified; the potential impacts of the exempted activity; and that the exempted activity would be expected to provide information useful to the future authorization of a deep-set buoy gear fishery. At its September 2016 meeting, the Council will compile a list of key data gaps and research needs with regard to deep-set buoy gear to inform future gear authorization alternatives and permit program conditions. The list is intended to aid prospective EFP applicants in developing applications.  Once the Council compiles this list, it will be distributed in a future notice.

Applications must contain the following information:

  1. Date of application;
  2. Applicant’s name, mailing address, and telephone number;
  3. A statement of the purpose and goals of the experiment for which an EFP is needed, including a general description of the arrangements for the disposition of all species harvested under the EFP;
  4. Justification for EFP issuance;
  5. A statement of whether the proposed experimental fishing has broader significance than the applicant’s individual goals;
  6. An expected total duration of the EFP (i.e., number of years proposed to conduct exempted fishing activities);
  7. Number of vessels covered under the EFP;
  8. A description of the species (target and incidental) to be harvested under the EFP and the amount(s) of such harvest necessary to conduct the experiment, including harvest estimates of overfished species and protected species;
  9. A description of a mechanism, such as at-sea fishery monitoring, to ensure that the harvest limits for targeted and incidental species are not exceeded and are accurately accounted for;
  10. A description of the proposed data collection and analysis methodology;
  11. A description of how vessels will be chosen to participate in the EFP;
  12. For each vessel covered by the EFP, the approximate time(s) and place(s) fishing will take place, and the type, size, and amount of gear to be used;
  13. The signature of the applicant(s);

Deadlines for Submitting Applications

  • September 2016 Council meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016
  • November 2016 Council meeting: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • March 2017 Council meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • June 2017 Council meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Additional information

Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email:

Mailing address:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Attn: HMS EFP Application
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220

Fax:
Attn: HMS EFP Application (503) 820-2299

Email:
pfmc.comments@noaa.gov
Put “HMS EFP application” in the subject line

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with members of the Council’s Highly Migratory Management Team (HMSMT), Council staff, or National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) staff when preparing an application.  The HMSMT roster lists contact information for its members.  Dr. Kit Dahl is the point of contact for Council staff; phone: (503) 820-2422 (toll-free 1-866-806-7204). Mr. Chris Fanning is the point of contact at the NMFS West Coast Region; phone:  (562) 980-4198.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet August 8-11, 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public.  The HMSMT will meet Monday, August 8 through Thursday August 11, 2016.  The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. on August 8 and at 8:30 a.m. on August 9-11.  On each day the meeting will end at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to draft reports for tasks assigned to the HMSMT by the Council that can be included in the advance briefing materials for the September Council meeting.

Meeting Material

Meeting Location

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

Meeting information

The Council assigned several tasks to the HMSMT for completion by the September 2016 Council meeting.  At this meeting the HMSMT plans to draft reports for these tasks that can be included in the advance briefing materials for the September Council meeting.

These tasks include:

  1. An update on international HMS management, including outcomes of the 80th Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission meeting;
  2. If available, reviewing exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications;
  3. Developing recommendations for updates to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) to correct errors, revise out of date descriptions, and clarify descriptive passages;
  4. Drafting a framework for reporting estimates of reference points for HMS FMP management unit species;
  5. Developing recommendations responding to the referral to the Council by National Marine Fisheries Service of requests for rulemaking contained in the agency’s response  to the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition for rulemaking to address the relative impacts of the U.S. fleet on the Pacific bluefin tuna stock (81 FR 39213);
  6. Identifying data gaps and research needs for deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) to inform future Council recommendations on issuance of EFPs to test this gear for the objectives of developing a Federal fishing permit system for DSBG and regulatory authorizing use of the gear;
  7. Identifying incentives for EFPs to test DSBG;
  8. Developing a range of alternatives for a Federal permit for the California large mesh driftnet fishery for swordfish and sharks; and
  9. Making recommendations on indicators to be included in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report delivered to the Council each March

The HMSMT may also discuss other matters related to HMS management besides the assignments enumerated above.

Additional Information

Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings.  Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency.

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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the meetings, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280 ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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June 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 23-28, 2016 in Tacoma, Washington. The June 2016 Council Meeting Decisions 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 Decisions Summary Document.

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New Pacific Fishery Management Council Members Appointed

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

PORTLAND, Or. – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced the appointment of Marc Gorelnik of California and the reappointment of Herb Pollard, of Idaho, to the Pacific Fishery Management Council on Monday. Nominations were submitted by the governors of the two states and approved by the Secretary. The appointments go into effect on August 11.

Mr. Gorelnik, a trademark and copyright attorney, will fill the California at-large seat on the Council, replacing Mr. Dan Wolford. Mr. Gorelnik received a J.D. from the King Hall School of Law at UC Davis in 1993. Prior to entering the field of law, he was a project engineer at Hughes Aircraft Company’s Santa Barbara Research Center, and earned degrees in physics and scientific instrumentation from UC Santa Barbara. He currently lives in northern California and has worked on fishery issues on behalf of California recreational anglers for several years. Mr. Gorelnik currently serves on the Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel, which advises the Council on decisions that affect commercial and recreational salmon fisheries. He is Chairman of the Coastside Fishing Club and is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the Golden Gate Salmon Association.

Mr. Pollard currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Council and will begin serving as Chair in August. He is currently serving his second term representing the Idaho Obligatory seat. Mr. Pollard was born in Lakeview, Oregon, and spent his early life in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, graduating from Lakeview High School in 1962. He attended University of Oregon for two years, before transferring to Oregon State University where he graduated with a BS Degree in Fisheries Science in 1967. Herb earned an MS in Fisheries Management from University of Idaho in 1969, and immediately started work for Idaho Department of Fish and Game as a Fishery Research Biologist. After a 28 year career with IDFG, including stints as Regional and State Fishery Manager, Anadromous Fishery Coordinator, and Regional Supervisor, he spent 10 years with NOAA Fisheries, dealing with Endangered Species Act consultations and regulations regarding fishery management, fish hatcheries, and harvest issues that impact listed salmon and steelhead in the Snake and Columbia River basins. Currently Mr. Pollard is working as an independent contractor consulting on fishery management issues. In addition to a professional career as a Fishery Biologist, he is an avid and expert recreational angler and has written and spoken extensively about recreational fishing.

Council Role

The Pacific Council includes members from California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, as well as one Tribal seat. The Pacific Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

 

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Chuck Tracy Named New Executive Director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

TACOMA, Wa. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council today named Mr. Charles “Chuck” Tracy as the new Executive Director for the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Dr. Don McIsaac, the former Executive Director, retired in April.

“We believe Chuck’s experience serving as both Deputy and Acting Executive Director and his in-depth knowledge of the issues facing the Council will allow for a seamless transition as the Council deals with important ongoing issues,” said Council Chair Dorothy Lowman.  “We are convinced he will be able to motivate the Council staff to continue their high level of performance and enable the Council to successfully take on future challenges.”

Mr. Tracy’s appointment is effective immediately.  He has been serving as the Acting Executive Director since Dr. McIsaac’s retirement; before that he served as Deputy Director for four years.

Mr. Tracy has a degree in biological oceanography from Humboldt State University with additional graduate level work in estuarine ecology. He has been with the Council since 2001, following several years of service with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife focusing on interjurisdictional fisheries issues, including Columbia River sturgeon research and salmon management. Before becoming the Deputy Director, Mr. Tracy was the Staff Officer responsible for coordinating Council activity on salmon fishery management matters.

Council Role

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries miles offshore of the United States of America coastline. The Pacific Council recommends management measures for fisheries off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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June 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Monday, June 20th, 2016

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

  • Thursday, June 23, 2016: 1:00 PM Pacific Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, June 24 through Monday, June 27, 2016: 8:00 AM Pacific Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete
  • Tuesday, June 28, 2016:  starting approximately at 9:00 AM PT, (there will be a Closed Executive Session at 8:00 AM)

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 June 2016 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 June 23-28, 2016 Webinar ID is: 157-423-659
  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 1-562-247-8422 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone audio access code 409-877-303 ; 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 four 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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June 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

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