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June 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 20-25, 2014 in Garden Grove, California. The June 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Public Notice: US Army Corps of Engineers releases Draft EIS “Double-crested cormorant plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement: “Double-crested Cormorant Management Plan to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary”. See the Corps website to get the draft document and the public hearings schedule; http://1.usa.gov/1ldjhVz

Comment timeframe: Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted for 45 days from publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The comment period has been extended, and will close August 19, 2014.

How to comment: In your comments, please refer to the public notice number (CENWP-PM-E-14-08), title and date. Written comments may be sent electronically to cormorant-eis@usace.army.mil or by traditional mail to:

Sondra Ruckwardt
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland
Attn: CENWP-PM-E / Double-crested Cormorant draft EIS
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208-2946

This information posted as a courtesy to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.

June 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The Briefing Book for the June 2014 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.

Materials for June 11 Legislative Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Council’s Legislative Committee is holding a webinar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in order to discuss legislation related to reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The webinar is open to the public.

A proposed agenda, along with webinar materials, and a webinar user guide is now available for the Legislative Committee’s June 11, 2014 webinar. (more…)

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.

Legislative Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Legislative Committee will hold an online webinar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time), or when business for the day is completed. The webinar is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of reviewing House and Senate drafts for reauthorization the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and other pertinent information in preparation for the June 2014 Council meeting.

New! Meeting Materials

The following materials are provided for discussions at the webinar:

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 953-727-487
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers. If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing 1-702-489-0008 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 559-722-928; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and 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 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the Legislative Committee 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden at 503-820-2418; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Council Makes Habitat Assignments for June

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

At their April Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington, the Council directed the Habitat Committee to draft the following letters for the June Briefing Book:

  • A letter on the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary boundary expansion
  • A letter on a NMFS pilot effort to identify habitat conservation objectives for managed species on the West Coast, highlighting the connections between this project and the Council’s research and data priorities
  • A letter on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Fish and Wildlife Program
  • A letter on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce the double-crested cormorant predation on Columbia River basin juvenile salmonids listed under the Endangered
    Species Act

The Council also directed the Habitat Committee to arrange a presentation from KZO Sea Farms on their proposed aquaculture facility. The committee will also be discussing Klamath/Trinity water flows and other issues.  Prior to the June meeting, Council staff will send letters (drafted by the Habitat Committee and approved by the Council, with edits) on the Bay/Delta Conservation Project and on the PMEC/SETS project.

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.

Public Comment Deadlines for the June 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, May 23, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after May 23, but BY 11:59 pm, June 13 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June 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.

April 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the April 2014 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.