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Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Ad Hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup to Hold Joint Session in Portland, Oregon October 15, 2014

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing. Public comments will be taken as time allows.

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Cascade A and B Rooms
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

The SAS and LRC Workgroup will discuss proposed revisions to the Lower Columbia River natural (LCN) coho harvest matrix and prepare for the November 2014 Council meeting. Focus topics include; a review of Council guidance from the September 2014 Council meeting, the assessment of coho impacts in Columbia River tributary fisheries, and recommendations on a final range of alternative harvest strategies for LCN coho. The SAS and LRC Workgroup may also address one or more matters on the Council’s November 2014 agenda. The SAS and LRC Workgroup reports and recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Council at its November 2014 meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

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.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at (503) 820-2414; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

September 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 12-17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. The September 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

UPDATED September 11, 2014: NMFS Salmon regulations booklet

Thursday, September 11th, 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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September 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the September 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.

NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, 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 25, 2014 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 24, 2014.

Reminder notice and agenda available for the August 14, 2014 LCR Workgroup meeting

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session August 14, 2014 at the Council office in Portland, Oregon (with an option for one-way livestreaming of the meeting). An agenda is now available for that meeting. (more…)

NOAA requests comments on a proposal to update the Federal list of fisheries for West Coast states

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

NOAA Fisheries proposes to update the Federal list of authorized fisheries and gear issued under section 305(a) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (“List of Fisheries”). The List of Fisheries includes a description of fisheries that operate in the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone, the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s geographic area of authority. This action is necessary because the current list is outdated and either includes several fisheries that no longer occur, or does not include fisheries that do occur, within the U.S. West Coast EEZ. The intended effect of this rule is to bring the list up to date with current West Coast fisheries and fishery management plans.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated August 7, 2014 to read the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before September 8, 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Yvonne deReynier, 206-526-6129; (fax) 206-526-6736;
Mr. Joshua Lindsay, 562-980-4034; 562-980-4047

Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 2 p.m.  The STT and MEW will discuss items on the Council’s September 2014 meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Salmon Methodology Review, Lower Columbia Coho Harvest Matrix, and the Unmanaged Forage Fish Protection Initiative.  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: 712-123-263
  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 1-415-363-0079 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 502-677-421; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

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 Ms. Sandra Krause 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.

Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Ad Hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup to Hold Joint Session

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken as time allows.

Work session date and time

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the work session

The SAS and LRC Workgroup will discuss items on the Council’s September meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Salmon Methodology Review, Lower Columbia Coho Harvest Matrix, and the Unmanaged Forage Fish Protection Initiative.  The SAS and LRC Workgroup may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.  The SAS and LRC Workgroup reports and recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Council at its September 2014 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Work session location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Mt. Hood A Room
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220
503-281-2500
Driving Directions

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, ext. 414.

Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2014 Briefing Book

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – September 2014 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, August 15, 2014, 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 comments or materials received at the Council office after August 15, but BY 11:59 pm, September 3 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.