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NMFS Publishes Final Rule: “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  The final LOF for 2017 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

This final rule is effective February 13, 2017. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from the NMFS LOF website. You may also download the Final Rule published January 12, 2017.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff member:

  • Lisa White, Office of Protected Resources, 301–427–8494
  • Allison Rosner, Greater Atlantic Region, 978–281–9328
  • Jessica Powell, Southeast Region, 727–824– 5312
  • Penny Ruvelas, West Coast Region (CA), 562–980–4197
  • Lynne Barre, West Coast Region (WA/OR), 206–526–4745
  • Suzie Teerlink, Alaska Region, 907– 586–7240
  • Dawn Golden, Pacific Islands Region, 808–725–5000

Public Comment Deadline for the March 2017 Briefing Book

Thursday, December 29th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after the February 7, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, February 28, 2017 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.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.


Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Winter 2016-17

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Winter 2016-17 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Winter 2016-17 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the November 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Garden Grove, California. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

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


November 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2016 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.


November 2016 PFMC Meeting Audio Files Available

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

For your listening enjoyment, we have made available the MP3 files from our November 2016 PFMC Meeting on our website, please see the November 2016 Council Meeting archive.

Call or email Sandra at the Council office if you have questions or need assistance; 503-820-2419; Sandra.Krause@noaa.gov.


New Tool Available to See Proposed Essential Fish Habitat, Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area Modifications

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

An interactive website now makes it possible to view potential changes to essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast groundfish. Changes to EFH and the trawl rockfish conservation area are being considered at the November 2016 Council meeting.  This GIS-based tool provides details on individual essential fishing habitat conservation areas that may be modified, closed or reopened as a result of Council action (the Council is choosing a preliminary preferred alternative in November, with final action in 2017.)   We recommend first viewing this five-minute tutorial.

Users can also see other layers such as the trawl rockfish conservation areas, Tribal Usual and Accustomed Areas, and other regulatory/spatial boundaries. More information on the alternatives are available on the Council website.


November 2016 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

November 2016 Council Meeting Fast Facts are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).


November 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the November 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “November 2016 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. The November 2016 briefing book webpage also contains information about the “Annual Banquet”.


RSVP for the PFMC’s Annual Banquet

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Annual Banquet will be held (in conjunction with the November 13-21, 2016 Council meeting) on Wednesday, November 16, 20166 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orange County in Garden Grove, California.  

The Banquet honorees are Dr. Donald McIsaac for his 16 years serving as the Executive Director of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. Council members include, Mr. Dave Ortmann, Mr. Dan Wolford, and Mr. Bob Turner.  Advisory body members include Dr. Sam Herrick, Dr. Pete Lawson, Mr. Doug Milward, and Ms. Sandy Zeiner.  Please join us in thanking them for their contributions to West Coast fisheries management through their work for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Reservations need to be made by filling out the November 2016 Banquet RSVP Form no later than Wednesday, November 9.

This is a cash only event and the cost of $20 per person will be collected at the door for a dinner ticket.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Renee Dorval at 503-820-2280 or toll free 866-806-7204.


November 13-21, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, October 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet starting Sunday, November 13, 2016 in Garden Grove, California.  Advisory bodies will start Sunday, November 13.  The Council session will start on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the November 2016 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.