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Public Comment Deadline for the November 2016 Briefing Book

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – November 2016 Advance Briefing Book

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

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, November 8, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November 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.  Review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee and the Salmon Technical Team to Hold a Joint Methodology Review Meeting

Monday, September 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a joint methodology review meeting with the Salmon Technical Team, which will be open to the public.  The joint methodology review meeting will be held Tuesday, October 18, 2016 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. or until business is completed.

Meeting Materials

Purpose

The purpose of the methodology review meeting is to discuss and review proposed changes to analytical methods used in salmon management.  Recommendations from the methodology review meeting will be presented at the November 13-21, 2016 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California where the Council is scheduled to take final action on the proposals.  The following topic was adopted by the Council at their September 12-20, 2016 meeting in Boise, Idaho for consideration at the methodology review meeting:

  • Forecast model for Sacramento River winter Chinook

Meeting Location

The joint meeting will be held at the following location:

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

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 ten business days prior to the meeting date.

Additional Information

For further information about the meeting, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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September 2016 Council Decisions Summary Document Online

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 15-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho. The September 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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September 2016 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

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

  • Thursday, September 15, 2016: beginning at approximately 11:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete
  • Friday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 20, 2016: 8:00 AM MOUNTAIN Time, ending daily at approximately 6:00 PM MT or when business for the day is complete

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 September 2016 agenda.

Please Note:  The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the Council meeting in-person.  We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet outages, GoToMeeting service issues, power outages, etc), this service may not be available during portions of the Council meeting.

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 September 15-20, 2016 Webinar ID is: 132-423-419
  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 1-213-929-4212 (not a toll-free number); enter the phone attendee audio access code: 447-457-678; 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 five 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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September 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the September 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 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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Pacific Council Salmon Staff Officer Recruitment Open through September 14, 2016

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking motivated candidates to fill a staff officer vacancy primarily related to implementation of the Council’s Salmon Fishery Management Plan. The application period is open effectively immediately and will remain open through September 14, 2016.  Please see the following documents for details of the recruitment announcement and position description.

Should you have questions, please contact Executive Director Mr. Chuck Tracy or Deputy Director Mr. Mike Burner using the contact information listed in the recruitment announcement.

If you are a supervisor or a personnel manager for your agency or organization, please forward this announcement to your staff as appropriate to ensure wide distribution; otherwise, feel free to distribute this to qualified potential candidates.

The Council is committed to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

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NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register dated August 15, 2016 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 14, 2016.

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Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding Webinar on August 17th

Monday, August 15th, 2016

NOAA Fisheries will conduct a webinar on how to find and apply for Fiscal Year 17 Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding. August 17th at 3pm ET (Noon PT). NOAA encourages all potential applicants to attend this town hall webinar to learn more about the S-K program, it’s objectives, this year’s priorities, the application process, and the timeline for this year’s solicitation.

Please see the “Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding Webinar notice” for participation details.

This webinar is being conducted by NOAA.  If you have questions, please contact NOAA, Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or email:  jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov.

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

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September 12-20, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 12-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho, to address issues related to ecosystem, salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the September 2016 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a webinar on Friday, September 2, 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 4:30 p.m.  The STT and MEW will discuss items on the Council’s September 2016 meeting agenda.  Major topics include, but are not limited to, Salmon Methodology Review and the Sacramento River Winter Chinook Harvest Control Rule Update.  The STT and MEW may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 152-433-643
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please select “Use Telephone” and then:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 724-010-245;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are required to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 or contact her at 503-820-2280, extension 419 for technical assistance.

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

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

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the STT and MEW 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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