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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2016 Briefing Book

Friday, July 29th, 2016

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 2016 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the September meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

SUPPLEMENTAL PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the August 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the September 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.

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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee seeking nominations for appointments to newly created Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Nominations are being sought for appointments to a new task force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. The task force will focus on providing information and advice on the establishment of long-term goals for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will appoint the members in consultation with MAFAC and they will serve for a term of up to two (2) years. The terms would begin in December 2016.

For further information on the newly created “Columbia River Basin Partnership Task Force”, please contact Ms. Katherine Cheney, NMFS West Coast Region, Telephone: (503) 231–6730; Email: katherine.cheney@noaa.gov. You may also view the Federal Register notice that published on July 22, 2016 or see the MAFAC website.

Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before September 6, 2016.

This solicitation notice posted as a courtesy to NMFS West Coast Region, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter available online

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Summer 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Summer 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the June 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington. 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, Summer 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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“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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Ad Hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup Meeting August 16-17, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup (SRWCW) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016, which is open to the public.  The meeting will begin on Tuesday, August 16 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday, August 17 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The SRWCW will discuss progress on the development of new predictors of Sacramento River winter Chinook abundance, the development of alternative harvest control rules, and methods for evaluating the performance of alternative control rules.  The SRWCW will also prepare a report for the Council’s September 2016 meeting and discuss future meeting plans.

Agenda

Meeting Location

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Large Conference Room
110 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SRWCW chair.

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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the meeting, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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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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Ad Hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup to Hold Webinar June 15, 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup (SRWCW) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 5 p.m.  The SRWCW will discuss progress on the development of new indicators and predictors of Sacramento River winter Chinook ocean abundance, review methods for evaluating the relative risks and benefits of alternative harvest control rules, prepare a report for the Council’s June 2016 meeting, and discuss future meeting plans.

Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda for the June 15, 2016 Ad Hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup webinar

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: 131-571-715
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 684-586-345; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback. (PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

There will also be a public listening station available at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Technical Information and User Guide

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 or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SRWCW chair.

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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Technical Team and Salmon Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar June 17, 2016

Friday, May 20th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) will hold a webinar on Friday, June 17, 2016, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 5 p.m.  The STT and SAS will discuss and make recommendations on items on the Council’s June 2016 meeting agenda.  Major topics include, but are not limited to: Sacramento River Winter Chinook Harvest Control Rule Update, Scoping of Pacific Halibut Catch Share Plan Allocation Changes, and Western Region Climate Change Action Plan.  The STT and SAS may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda for the June 17, 2016 Salmon Technical Team and Salmon Advisory Subpanel webinar

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: 142-415-203
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 774-887-965; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback. (PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

There will also be a public listening station available at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Technical Information and User Guide

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 or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the STT and SAS chairs.

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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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