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Review of 2016 Ocean Salmon Fisheries available online

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. This stock assessment and fishery evaluation (SAFE) document is the first in a series of four annual documents developed each year to help guide the Council’s selection of annual fishery management measures. This postseason review covers 2016 ocean salmon fisheries off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. The review provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. This postseason report will also provide a detailed description of the salmon fishery portions of the affected environment to be incorporated by reference into an Environmental Assessment (EA) to comply with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements for the 2017 ocean salmon management measures.  The Council will formally review this report at its March 2017 meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.

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March 2017 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the March 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 2017 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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Materials available for the February 9th Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee Webinar

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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Public Comment Deadline for the March 2017 Briefing Book

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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March 7-13, 2017 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 7-13, 2017 in Vancouver, Washington. Advisory bodies will start Tuesday, March 7. The Council session will start on Wednesday, March 8 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, ecosystem, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the March 2017 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Pre-proposals are due February 10th, with full applications due March 31, 2017.

For further information please:

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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting, February 15-16, 2017 in Seattle

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 15 through Thursday, February 16, 2017. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  Members of the public can participate: in person; via teleconference; and/or through “Go To Meeting.”  Those details are provided below.

Meeting Location:

Regional Administrator’s Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Mr. Kevin Duffy (kevin.duffy@noaa.gov, 206-526-4743) at least one week prior to the meeting to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Endangered Species Act Workgroup meeting February 15-16, 2017

To Participate via Teleconference:

Please note the teleconference line for this meeting includes a different phone and participant pass code for each day.

For Wednesday, February 15:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-790-6085
  3. Participant Passcode:  1730793#

For Thursday, February 16:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-283-0166
  3. Participant Passcode:  443259#

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the ESW 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective February 13, 2017. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published January 12, 2017.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Penny Ruvelas, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–4197
  • Lynne Barre, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–4745
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Dawn Golden, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5000
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Public Comment Deadline for the March 2017 Briefing Book

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after the February 7, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2016-17

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Winter 2016-17 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Garden Grove, California. 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, 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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