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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Meeting in La Jolla August 8-10

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Tuesday, August 8 to Thursday, August 10, 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.

The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to respond to Council guidance from its June 2017 meeting on further development of a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear.  The HMSMT will provide an updated range of alternatives at the Council’s September 2017 meeting.  The Council is scheduled to adopt the range of alternatives for public review.  The HMSMT may also discuss other HMS topics on the Council’s September agenda. These topics include final action on Amendment 4 to the HMS Fishery Management Plan, international management issues, review of exempted fishing permit proposals to use deep-set buoy gear, and swordfish management project planning. Although not on the September Council meeting agenda, the HMSMT may also discuss updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Phone: (858) 546-7000
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT chair.

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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Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Next Deadline: August 15, 2017)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Next Deadline: August 15, 2017)

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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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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Summer 2017

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Summer 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the June 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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.

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Request for Nominations: Scientific and Statistical Committee At-Large Seat

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant At-Large seat on its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

The Council relies on its SSC for independent, objective advice and analysis about verifiable scientific evidence and theoretical methodologies regarding west coast fishery management approaches and practices. The successful candidate should have knowledge of west coast fisheries and strong scientific expertise in statistics, biology, ecosystem dynamics, economics, fisheries management, population dynamics, fishery-related social science, or other related fields. At this time the Council is particularly interested in candidates experienced in stock assessment.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Please see the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancy webpage for full details on the position and how to apply.

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June 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, June 19th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 9-14, 2017 in Spokane, Washington. The June 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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Quick Link to the June 2017 Briefing Book

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

Use this “Quick Link” to the June 2017 Briefing Book:

June 2017 Briefing Book

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June 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

The June 7-14, 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).

 

If you have additional questions regarding the June 7-14, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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June 2017 Briefing Book Available Online (with updated agenda)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the June 7-14, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “June 2017 Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains the meeting agenda, “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.

Please note:  the date of Agenda Item G. Pacific Halibut Management and some agenda items for C. Administrative Matters have changed from previously published June 2017 Council meeting agenda versions.  See Agenda Item A.4, June 2017 Council Meeting Agenda for the  most recent agenda.

For further information:

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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Spring 2017

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Spring 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the March and April 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

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.

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