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June 2015 Public Comment Deadline

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE – JUNE 2015 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, May 14, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline.”

SUPPLEMENTAL PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE

Public comment materials received at the Council office after May 14, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, June 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 13-15, 2015

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Wednesday, May 13 to Friday, May 15, 2015, which is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on each day. On Wednesday and Thursday the meeting will end at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded. On Friday the meeting will end at midday.

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Meeting Agenda – New!

Meeting Topic

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review analyses and prepare a report to the Council on its Swordfish Fishery Management and Monitoring Plan. The Plan contains options for managing and monitoring the California large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery including high priority protected species hard caps, fishery performance objectives, and monitoring goals. If available, the HMSMT may review preliminary exempted fishing permit applications that would be submitted or resubmitted to the Council at its June meeting. The HMSMT will also review updates to the Highly Migratory Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report. The HMSMT may also plan reports for other HMS items on the Council’s June agenda, including international issues and 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.

Additional information

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 HMSMT meeting in LaJolla or the topics, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Final recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on IUU fishing and seafood fraud

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On March 15, 2015, the Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, released its Action Plan. Please see NOAA Fisheries IUU webpage to read the press release and download the complete Action Plan.

For questions, please contact Laurel Bryant, NOAA Fisheries (Laurel.Bryant@noaa.gov).

March 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-12, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The March 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

March 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Briefing Book for the March 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.

NMFS Releases Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has released its regional electronic technology implementation plans. The West Coast plan is available here.

NOAA Fisheries is figuring out how technology such as on-board cameras, tablets, and electronic logbooks can be used to monitor fishing activity and report catch. One idea is to supplement human observers with digital video cameras and software capable of measuring and identifying different species of fish.

NOAA Fisheries has supported over 30 pilot projects that experiment with new technologies. They have created regional plans to identify, evaluate, and prioritize implementation of promising electronic technologies that improve our knowledge of the fisheries and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process. Click below to read plans for other regions:

These plans are works-in-progress and part of an ongoing process to improve the timeliness and quality of our fisheries information. Aiding this process are a series of white papers, an internal policy directive, and a draft discussion paper of advice and best practices to inform the public conversation about emerging technologies in fisheries reporting and monitoring.

Public Comment Deadline for the March 2015 Briefing Book

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – March 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 12, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after February 12, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March 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.

UPDATED! Location Change for First Day of the Meeting; agenda available for the February 4-6, 2015 HMSMT meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 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. An agenda is now available for that meeting, as well as new information regarding the location of the first day of the meeting. (more…)

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.