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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, 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.

NMFS Publishes Final Rule on 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Management Measures; Notice of Availability of an Environmental Assessment

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Through this final rule NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2015 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2015. The rule also announces the availability of an Environmental Assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of implementing the 2014 ocean salmon management measures.

Download the

For further information, please contact NMFS staff: Ms. Peggy Mundy at 206-526-4323, or Ms. Heidi Taylor at 562-980-4039.

Request for Nominations: Two Salmon Advisory Subpanel Vacancies (Nominations Due May 23, 2014)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking two qualified candidates, one to represent the California commercial salmon troll fishery, and one to represent the commercial gillnet fishery, on its Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS). Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies webpage for further information. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 23, 2014.

NOAA Releases Two Federal Fisheries Reports: Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013; Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, NOAA Fisheries Service released two reports that document positive trends in the sustainability of U.S. federally-managed fisheries. Both reports “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” and the “Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013” are available from the NOAA Fisheries Feature Stories webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries.

Salmon Preseason Report III, Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations available online

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Notice of Availability

The following document: Preseason Report III Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XD072, published April 2014, is available on the Council’s Preseason Report III (2014) webpage.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

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

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session May 15, 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.

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

The primary purpose of the work session is to discuss and develop recommendations on the status of Lower Columbia River coho stocks, alternative harvest policies, risk assessment methods and criteria, and to draft a report on coho populations in the upper Willamette River.  The reports and recommendations developed by the LRC Workgroup will be presented to the Council, its advisory bodies, and the public at the June 2014 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.

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
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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

April 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

DRAFT Council-Adopted Salmon Management Measures for May 2014-April 30, 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (Tables); Including News Release

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

The following DRAFT salmon management measures tables were adopted by the Council at their April 2014 meeting and will be published in Preseason Report III (tentatively scheduled for April 21). Please keep in mind the tables are DRAFT until implemented as Federal Regulations.

See the 2014 salmon season PFMC News Release (April 14, 2014).

See the April 2014 Final Salmon press release.