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Ad Hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session July 16, 2014 at the Council office in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the LRC Workgroup chair as time allows.  In addition to the in-person work session held at the PFMC office, the Council will also be providing one-way streaming of the meeting audio and presentations to broaden the potential audience.  Please see “One-Way live streaming of audio and presentations” information below.

Work session date and time

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the work session

The primary purpose of the work session is to review and respond to Council guidance from the June 2014 Council meeting and to continue to develop recommendations on the status of Lower Columbia River coho stocks, alternative harvest policies, and risk assessment analyses and criteria.

Work session location

The work session 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

One-way live streaming of audio and presentations

To Listen to the Audio and view the presentations only:

Join the audio one-way meeting by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 709-783-351
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone to listen to the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-951-266-6124 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 390-802-834; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

Please note, this is a one-way audio.  No public comments will be taken via the live stream.  If you would like to comment, please join us at the PFMC office (noting that public comments will be taken at the discretion of the LRC Workgroup chair as time allows), or send your public comments to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.

Additional information

This work session 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.

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

Notice of Availability for Amendment 18 to the Salmon Fishery Management Plan

Monday, June 16th, 2014

As published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2014, NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has transmitted Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan for Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California (FMP) for Secretarial review. Amendment 18 revises the description and identification of essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific salmon, designates habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC), modifies the current information on fishing activities and potential measures to minimize their effects on EFH, and updates the list of non-fishing related activities that may adversely affect EFH and potential conservation and enhancement measures to minimize those effects. Amendment 18 is available on the “Salmon Amendments in development” webpage.

Comments on Amendment 18 must be received on or before August 15, 2014. You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2014-0071, by any one of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, enter NOAA-NMFS-2014-0071 in the search box. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the “Submit a Comment” icon on the right of that line.

Mail:
William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator,
West Coast Region, NMFS
7600 Sand Point Way NE.
Seattle, WA 98115-0070

Public Notice: US Army Corps of Engineers releases Draft EIS “Double-crested cormorant plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement: “Double-crested Cormorant Management Plan to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary”. See the Corps website to get the draft document and the public hearings schedule; http://1.usa.gov/1ldjhVz

Comment timeframe: Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted for 45 days from publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The comment period has been extended, and will close August 19, 2014.

How to comment: In your comments, please refer to the public notice number (CENWP-PM-E-14-08), title and date. Written comments may be sent electronically to cormorant-eis@usace.army.mil or by traditional mail to:

Sondra Ruckwardt
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland
Attn: CENWP-PM-E / Double-crested Cormorant draft EIS
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208-2946

This information posted as a courtesy to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.

Agenda now available for the SAS/STT June 12, 2014 Webinar

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Salmon Technical Team June 12, 2014 webinar. (more…)

June 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The Briefing Book for the June 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. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

UPDATED NMFS Salmon regulations booklet available

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

NMFS has updated their “online” salmon fishery regulations booklet. This booklet provides fishermen with a quick reference guide to the Federal regulations governing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles off shore) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The booklet is available by:

Please note fishermen are advised to stay informed of inseason changes to the regulations and to consult Federal and/or State fishery management agencies for current information for the areas in which they are or will be fishing. State regulations, which may differ from Federal regulations, are in effect in State territorial waters (0-3 nautical miles off shore).

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Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Salmon Technical Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a webinar on Thursday, June 12 , which is open to the public.  The webinar will be from from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.

The SAS and STT will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Harvest Matrix Update and Columbia River Cormorant Management Plan.  The SAS and STT may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

New! Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 826-482-319
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-558-2121 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 278-821-392; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

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 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.  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 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.

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.

NMFS Salmon Fishery Regulations Booklet Available Online

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

NMFS has posted their “online” salmon fishery regulations booklet. This booklet provides fishermen with a quick reference guide to the Federal regulations governing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles off shore) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The booklet is available by:

Please note fishermen are advised to stay informed of inseason changes to the regulations and to consult Federal and/or State fishery management agencies for current information for the areas in which they are or will be fishing. State regulations, which may differ from Federal regulations, are in effect in State territorial waters (0-3 nautical miles off shore).

Actual notice of inseason changes to the Federal regulations will be provided as follows:

  • Ocean salmon hotline at (800) 662-9825 or (206) 526-6667. Recorded messages summarize inseason changes to date
  • U.S. Coast Guard Notice to Mariners broadcasts. Announcements on Channel 16 VHF-FM and 2182 kHz designate the channel or frequency over which the Notice to Mariners will be immediately broadcast
  • Inseason changes to the Federal regulations are also published in the Federal Register
  • Announcements will be emailed to “Salmonlist” subscribers. Visit the “Signup for the Salmon Fishery Management Listserve” webpage to be added to that email list.