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June 18-25, 2014 Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 18‐25, 2014 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, salmon, and habitat matters.

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

The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, May 2014 version available online

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 1, May 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the March and April 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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.

NOAA Releases Two Federal Fisheries Reports: Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013; Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, NOAA Fisheries Service released two reports that document positive trends in the sustainability of U.S. federally-managed fisheries. Both reports “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” and the “Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013” are available from the NOAA Fisheries Feature Stories webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries.

Agenda for May 7-9 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Meeting Available

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Download the proposed agenda for the May 7-9, 2014, Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting in Carlsbad, CA.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 7-9, 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. The HMSMT will meet Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to Friday, May 9, 2014. The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and continue until close of business on each day. The meeting is expected to adjourn by midday on May 9.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Driving Directions

The HMSMT plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery based on guidance from the Council at its March 2014 meeting. Topics covered include a long-term transition plan for the fishery, the use of alternative gear types, and establishing a Federal limited access permit program for the fishery.
  2. Criteria for evaluating exempted fishing permits submitted to test alternative gear.
  3. Council recommendations with respect to international management of HMS stocks of interest.
  4. Potential changes to HMS management that may be implemented for the April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017 biennial period, which the Council will begin considering in June 2014. Specifically, recreational fishery bag limit changes for Pacific bluefin tuna.
  5. Other informational items and related tasks such as preparation of the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.

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

Public Comment Deadlines for the June 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, May 23, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after May 23, but BY 11:59 pm, June 13 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 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

March 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-13, 2014 in Sacramento, California. The March 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

March 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the March 2014 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.

NMFS seeking comments on the establishment of a tuna vessel monitoring system in the eastern Pacific Ocean; public hearing to be held

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C-04-06 of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). The regulations would establish requirements for a satellite-based vessel monitoring system (VMS) for U.S. commercial fishing vessels, 24 meters or more in overall length, used to target any fish of the genus Thunnus or of the species Euthynnus (Katsuwonus) pelamis (skipjack tuna) in the area bounded by the west coast of the Americas and on the north, south and west respectively, by the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 6, 2014 for the proposed rule and information regarding the public hearing that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST, February 28, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.

Comments on the proposed rule and the initial regulatory flexibility analysis must be submitted on or before March 10, 2014. Please contact the following persons if you have questions on the rule or need information regarding the hearing: Heidi Taylor, NMFS West Coast Region, phone: 562-980-4039; or Rachael Wadsworth, NMFS West Coast Region, 562-980-4036.

This information is posted as a courtesy to NMFS and the public so they are aware of IATTC-related activities.

NMFS to hold public hearing regarding proposed rule for tuna conservation measures for 2014 through 2016

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to continue the purse seine closure period of 62 days in the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 5, 2014 for the proposed rule and information regarding the public hearing that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST, February 12, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.

Comments must be submitted in writing by February 25, 2014. Please contact the following persons for further information: Heidi Taylor, NMFS, phone: 562-980-4039; or Celia Barroso, NOAA/NMFS Affiliate, phone: 562–432–1850.