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Notice of Availability: public review draft of the groundfish trawl catch share program five-year review

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has released a public review draft of its groundfish trawl catch share program five-year review.  The public is invited to provide comments on this draft for the November 2017 Council meeting, at which time the Council is scheduled to finalize the review document.

Draft Document for Public Review

How to Comment

Comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, October 17, 2017.   Please submit comments to:

E-Mail: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov

You may also send your comments to:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384

For more information on the catch share review, please see the five-year review webpage.  If you have questions, contact the staff officer for trawl catch shares: Dr. Jim Seger (Jim.Seger@noaa.gov) phone: (503) 820-2280 ext. 416 or toll free (866) 806-7204, ext. 416.

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Announcing the FY18 Saltonstall-Kennedy Federal Funding Opportunity

Friday, August 11th, 2017

August 11 is the start of the Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program application solicitation for FY 2018; continuing with the early “pre-proposal” grant process from FY 2017 that will reduce the burden of preparing full proposals on projects that do not meet program criteria. Pre-proposals will be accepted for 60 days, August 11 through October 10, 2017. To maximize time and familiarity, NOAA Fisheries will conduct at least two public webinars for interested stakeholders to walk them through the process and answer any questions.

Briefly, the “pre-proposal” process is a required step that will provide applicants with early clarification from NOAA as to the technical merits and relevancy of their project. This step provides applicants an early indication of their project’s eligibility before going through the more intensive process of developing a full project proposal.

The 2018 priority focus areas were modified. This year, the priority focus areas are Marine Aquaculture; Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystems; Promotion, Development, and Marketing; and Territorial Science.

Grant awards are dependent on the availability of Federal funding as provided in enacted Appropriations Acts.
This FFO is being released prior to final appropriations due to award process timeframes. While the FY 2018 President’s budget proposed $0 for this program, final Congressional direction has not been determined. As stated clearly in the FFO, applicants are not guaranteed any level of funding.

For a full listing of the priority focus areas, the pre-proposal process and all other relevant information, please visit NOAA’s SK Grants page or please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=Saltonstall for the Federal Funding Opportunity.

For more information, please contact the National S-K Manager, Daniel Namur at dan.namur@noaa.gov, telephone: (301) 427-8730, or any of the Regional Managers listed in the FFO.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

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Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical and Policy Advisory Committees to Hold Webinar September 6

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a joint work session via webinar, which is open to the public.  The webinar meeting will be held September 6, 2017, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) or when business for each day has been completed.

The GEM Committees will discuss items on the Pacific Council’s September 2017 meeting agenda with the discussions focused on, but not limited to, Electronic Monitoring (EM) – Preliminary Pacific Halibut Discard Mortality Rates and Third-Party Review.  The GEM Committees may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.  The Committees will discuss analytical results of halibut discard mortality rates as observed under the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring program for the limited entry groundfish non-whiting midwater trawl and bottom trawl fisheries when fishing under the non-trawl shorebased individual fishing quota program.  In addition, the Committees will discuss policy implications of the Council’s preferred alternative for the industry to use solely the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission as the EM review provider when the program is implemented in regulation.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-meeting
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 405-536-325
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number: 1+ (872) 240-3412 (not a toll-free number)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code: 405-536-325
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information and 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 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 GEM Committee 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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 424.

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September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available!

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SSC and SSC Groundfish Subcommittee to Hold Two Meetings August 28 and 29 in Seattle, WA

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will convene two meetings.  The meetings are open to the public, and will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely.

The purpose of the August 28 SSC meeting is to review draft 2017 stock assessment documents, stock assessment review (STAR) panel reports, and any other pertinent information for new benchmark stock assessments for lingcod, Pacific ocean perch, yelloweye rockfish, yellowtail rockfish, blue rockfish, deacon rockfish, and California scorpionfish.; review catch-only updates of 2015 assessments for canary and chilipepper rockfish; and consider endorsing these assessments for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for fisheries in 2019 and beyond.  Additionally, the SSC will consider endorsing new 2019 and 2020 overfishing limits and stock categories for groundfish stocks.

The purpose of the August 29 SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to review new proposed analyses informing sigmas (i.e., values associated with assessment uncertainty) for older assessments and the proxy stock categories used to determine acceptable biological catches for groundfish stocks.  Additionally, the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will review a proposal for a new stock assessment methodology for determining stock compositions from mixed stock landings.  No management actions will be decided by the SSC or the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee.  The SSC members’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.  The full SSC is expected to complete their reports at their September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Dates

The SSC meeting will be held Monday, August 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or when business for the day has been completed. The SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Location

Both meetings will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4
Seattle, WA 98115
Telephone: 206-526-4000

Driving Directions

Members of the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will be attending the meeting in person at the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the rest of the SSC are invited to attend both meetings via webinar.

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, and New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 368-736-003
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number (1-562-247-8422)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (639-618-333)
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Additional Information

Public Comments during the meetings will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC  and SSC Groundfish Subcommittee Chairs.  For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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, ext. 411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

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Reminder: The Council is seeking nominations for it’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (At-Large Seat)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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Reminder: The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish will be meeting in Santa Cruz July 24-28, 2017; agenda available

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Reminder: The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish will be meeting in Santa Cruz, CA, July 24-28, 2017. A listen-only webinar option is available. Please see the Council’s website for the agenda and further details: http://www.pcouncil.org/?p=46474

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinars August 2 and September 6

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold two webinars that are open to the public.  The GMT webinars will be held Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and Wednesday, September 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Webinar end times are estimates, meetings will adjourn when business for each day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinars is to prepare for the September 2017 Pacific Council meeting.  A detailed agenda for each webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its meetings in 2017.

Agenda

To Attend the Webinars

The following login instructions will work for any of the webinars in this series.

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 740-284-043
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  572-823-832
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

Technical Information and 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 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 GMT chair.

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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program; Public Meetings on Implementation (NOAA)

Monday, July 10th, 2017

NMFS will hold public meetings in the U.S. and abroad beginning July 2017. The intent of the meetings is to discuss implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. All meetings are free of charge
and open to the public.

West Coast meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Hilton Long Beach
    701 West Ocean Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA 90831
    Telephone: (562) 983–3400
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
    Seattle Airport—Southcenter
    16500 Southcenter Parkway
    Seattle, WA 98188
    Telephone: (206) 575–8220

For further information, please contact Celeste Leroux, NOAA, telephone: 202-816-0661; or see NOAA’s IUU fishing webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

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Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Community Advisory Board to Meet July 27-28 in Portland, Oregon

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Friday, July 28, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to develop preliminary ranges of alternatives for Council consideration at the September 2017 Council meeting.  The issues to be covered were identified by the Council at its June 2017 meeting and include: meeting the at-sea whiting fishery bycatch needs; trawl sablefish area management (gear conflicts); shoreside individual fishing quota (IFQ) accumulation limit; shoreside IFQ choke species management; shoreside IFQ gear switching limitation; and catcher-processor sector accumulation limits on permit ownership and harvesting/processing.  Substantially more time will be spent on some issues than on others.  Ranges of alternatives are to be developed and finalized for analysis over the course of the September and November Council meetings.  Due to workload limitations, it is unlikely that all these issues will move forward in 2017.

Agenda and Meeting Materials

Reference From the September 2016 Briefing Book

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Garden ABC Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

Additional Information

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 503-820-2411, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2416; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 416.

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