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September 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the September 2015 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.

September 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

The September 2015 Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 9:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Friday, September 11, 2015 through Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast. Please see the September 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The September 11-16, 2015 Webinar ID is: 141-257-515
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-702-489-0008; phone audio access code 418-407-809 (not a toll-free number); then enter the audio pin shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

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 Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately three business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and seafood fraud to hold public webinar August 25, 2015

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

The National Ocean Council Committee on IUU fishing and Seafood Fraud (NOC Committee) is seeking comment on its draft list of principles for determining species “at risk” of IUU fishing and seafood fraud, as well as a draft list of “at risk” species.

The public comment period is currently open. The NOC is offering an opportunity to comment via public webinar on August 25, 2015, from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. For information on that webinar as well as the public comment submission process, and the draft list of principles, please see NOAA’s Presidential Initiative on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud website.

For questions, please contact Danielle Rioux, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service (phone 301–427–8516, or email Danielle.Rioux@noaa.gov).

Habitat Committee to Conduct a Webinar

Tuesday, August 11th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Committee (HC) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.

New! Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/539285365
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 539-285-365
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (872) 240-3212  (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code  539-285-365; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).  Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 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

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the HC working meeting is to prepare for the September 2015 Council meeting, specifically Council Agenda Item H.8, Amendment to Modify Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat and to Adjust Rockfish Conservation Areas. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the HC Chair. The HC’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September 9-16, 2015 meeting in Sacramento, California.

For Further Information

This listening station 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 conference call, please contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden at 503-820-2418; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

September 9-16, 2015 Council Meeting

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet September 9‐16, 2015 in Sacramento, California,  to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, ecosystem management, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.

“The Line” July 2015

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 2, July 2015 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the June 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, July 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2015 Briefing Book

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – September 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Friday, August 14, 2015, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after August 14, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 2 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.

June 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 12-16, 2015 in Spokane, Washington. The June 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting.

Attention PFMC authorized travelers – Helpful tips to use the PFMC Concur Travel Account

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Helpful Tips to Use the PFMC Concur Travel Account

There are changes in the way expense claims are completed and submitted for reimbursement when traveling on Pacific Council business. There is also a new option for making flight (transportation) reservations. Direct (Peak) Travel is replacing services formerly provided by American Express Travel for airline reservations, which can now be made on-line.

Initial log-in and Profile set-up

Log in information:

Profile set-up:

  • Once you are logged in, you will be on a Concur web page with options. Click on the Profile icon on the upper right corner to set up your profile and follow the prompts.
  • A tutorial regarding this process can be reached by downloading and reviewing the “PFMC Concur Helpful Tips – Initial log-in and Profile set-up“.

Submitting Expense Claims

Beginning June 1, 2015, expense claims are to be submitted through the on-line Concur account. A tutorial regarding this process can be reached by downloading and reviewing the “PFMC Concur Helpful Tips – Expense Claims“.

PLEASE NOTE: Make sure you have completed your bank account information in advance of submitting a claim, it will take Concur about 2-3 business days to verify your bank information.

Booking Travel (Airfare/Rail/Hotel/Car Rental)

Our contract with American Express Travel has expired. In addition to making your own arrangements and submitting them after travel on an expense claim, you may use the Concur log-in to make travel arrangements with Direct (Peak) Travel and have them charged directly to PFMC. Your Name and TSA information must be updated prior to booking air travel. A tutorial regarding this process can be reached by downloading and viewing the “PFMC Concur Helpful Tips – Booking Travel (Airfare/Rail/Hotel/Car Rental)“.

 

“The Line” May 2015

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

The The Line, Volume 4, No. 1, May 2015 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the April 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting. The Council recommends commercial & recreational fishery management measures for Federal waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon & California. The Council has five public meetings a year. All Council recommendations are subject to approval by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). To sign up for other notices, please go to tinyurl.com/3s5edce.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, May 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.