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NMFS Releases Regional Electronic Technology Implementation Plans

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

NOAA Fisheries (NMFS) has released its regional electronic technology implementation plans. The West Coast plan is available here.

NOAA Fisheries is figuring out how technology such as on-board cameras, tablets, and electronic logbooks can be used to monitor fishing activity and report catch. One idea is to supplement human observers with digital video cameras and software capable of measuring and identifying different species of fish.

NOAA Fisheries has supported over 30 pilot projects that experiment with new technologies. They have created regional plans to identify, evaluate, and prioritize implementation of promising electronic technologies that improve our knowledge of the fisheries and empower fishermen and other citizens to become more actively involved in the data collection process. Click below to read plans for other regions:

These plans are works-in-progress and part of an ongoing process to improve the timeliness and quality of our fisheries information. Aiding this process are a series of white papers, an internal policy directive, and a draft discussion paper of advice and best practices to inform the public conversation about emerging technologies in fisheries reporting and monitoring.

Review of 2014 Ocean Salmon Fisheries available online

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Council’s annual review of 2014 ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document 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. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.

Public Comment Deadline for the March 2015 Briefing Book

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – March 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 12, 2015, 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 comments or materials received at the Council office after February 12, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 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.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council; see the ODFW resources website for further information.

Anyone interested in being considered, or wishing to nominate someone, must contact Cyreis Schmitt, ODFW, at 541-867-4741 or no later than February 13, 2015.

NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

Salmon Documents Order Form & Advance Notice of Availability

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is announcing the dates of availability for its annual preseason planning documents for ocean salmon fisheries. The reports will be posted electronically on the Council’s website, or you may request hard copies or CD-ROM copies of the reports by filling out and submitting the Online Salmon Management Documents Order Form.

The scheduled availability for the salmon preseason management documents are as follows:

  • Review of 2014 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available early February
  • Preseason Report I – Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available early March
  • Preseason Report II – Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available March 20, 2015
  • Preseason Report III – Council-Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations
    Available April 24, 2015

Questions about the salmon management preseason process? Please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204. For assistance with the web form, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2280, ext. 419.

NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, December 29th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective January 28, 2015. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published December 29, 2014.

For further information, please contact: Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494; Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328; Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824–5312; Elizabeth Petras, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–3238; Brent Norberg, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–6550; Kim Rivera, Alaska Region, 907–586–7424; Nancy Young, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5156.

“The Line”, summary of West Coast fisheries news, December 2014 version available online

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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.

Federal Register Documents published December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Documents published on December 17, 2014 in the Federal Register that can be found on our Federal Register Notices webpage:

  • Fisheries off West Coast States; Final Rule; Regulatory Amendment to Pacific Coast Groundfish Fisheries Trawl Rationalization Program for the Start of 2015
  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Vessel Identification Requirements
  • Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region, Gear Identification Requirements

Presidential Task Force on combating IUU recommendations released, comments due by January 20, 2015

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud released its recommendations for establishing a comprehensive framework to combat IUU fishing and seafood fraud. The recommendations are now available as published in the December 18, 2014 Federal Register notice and open for a 30-day comment period, specifically seeking input and guidance on how to implement them. The comment period begins on December 18, 2014, and closes on January 20, 2015.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Carrie Selberg, NOAA, (301) 427-8021; or visit NOAA Fisheries IUU Task Force webpage.