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March 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-13, 2017 in Vancouver, WA, USA. The March 2017 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.

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March 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The March 7-13, 2017 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).

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Attention PFMC authorized travelers: February 2017 Travel Rules available on our website

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

We have made available on our Travel and Reimbursement webpage an updated version of the PFMC Travel Rules, dated February 2017. Please take the time to read through the travel rules.

All nonfederal Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) members of the Council, Scientific and Statistical Committee, advisory subpanels, technical teams, work groups, ad hoc committees, staff, special consultants, and individuals of specific invitation to travel are eligible to receive reimbursement for limited per diem travel expenses when away from their home station or while away from their work location in the metropolitan area of their residence, when authorized to travel for Council-related purposes. Travel expenses for which reimbursement is allowable will be confined to those expenses essential to transacting official Council business.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet April 18-20

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Tuesday, April 18 to Thursday, April 20, 2017, which is open to the public.  This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

Meeting Location

Martin Johnson House (T-29)
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
8840 Biological Grade
La Jolla, CA 92037
Driving Directions

Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: April 18-20, 2017 Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting

Meeting Purpose

Two main topics will be discussed at the HMSMT meeting.  The first is the development of a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear.  The Council directed the HMSMT to propose a range of alternatives for the Council to consider adopting for public review at its June 7-14 meeting in Spokane, Washington.  The second topic is the review of biological reference points for HMS stocks managed under the Council’s Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species.  These biological reference points, identified in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, include maximum sustainable yield, optimum yield, and status determination criteria.  The HMSMT will initially focus on identifying these reference points for Pacific bluefin tuna.  Other topics the HMSMT may discuss include updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

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 days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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March 2017 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the March 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “March 2017 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.

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Materials available for the February 9th Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee Webinar

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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Agenda available: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel Webinar, Tuesday, January 31

Monday, January 30th, 2017

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NMFS is seeking nominations to the Permanent Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking nominations to the Permanent Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The Permanent Advisory Committee, composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the WCPFC. Each appointed member of the Permanent Advisory Committee will serve for a term of 2 years and is eligible for reappointment. This request for nominations is for the term to begin on August 3, 2017, and is for a term of 2 consecutive years.

Nominations must be received no later than February 24, 2017. For information on how to submit nominations and the nomination process, please see the Federal Register notice dated January 10, 2017.

For information regarding the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission, see the WCPFC’s website.

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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
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Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar, Tuesday, January 31

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.

Webinar Date and Purpose

The HMSAS webinar will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The HMSAS will be briefed on proposed changes to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP).  Changes are proposed in Chapters 1, 4, 6, and 8.  These changes are not intended to change the management framework described in the FMP or any related policies; rather, edits update descriptive information and improve the readability of the document.

Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 957-023-963
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 370-921-429
  3. Enter your audio phone PIN (shown after joining the webinar)

We encourage participants to use their telephone by selecting “Use Telephone” once you have joined the webinar.  If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-752-3732 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 HMSAS 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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