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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:


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:


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.


Pacific STATES Marine Fisheries Commission Job Announcement: Data Management Specialist 2 (RecFin)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSFMC), Recreational Fisheries Information Network (RecFIN) is hiring a full time Data Management Specialist 2 (Natural Sciences) to be located in Portland, Oregon.

See full job announcement and apply only at www.psmfc.org/careers. Reference: Job #17-874, “Data Management Specialist 2 (Natural Sciences)”.  Application deadline is 9:00 PM Pacific Time, the day before the closing date.

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission is an Affirmative Action (AA) and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.

If you have a disability and need assistance completing the application form, you may call the PSMFC human resources office at (503) 595-3100 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST, Monday-Friday. Reasonable accommodations for interviews will be provided upon request to individuals with disabilities.

This information posted as a courtesy to PSMFC Human Resources Department.


Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Updated Deadline)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017


Public Comment Deadline for the June 2017 Briefing Book

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Public Comment Deadline – June 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Thursday, May 11, 2017, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after the May 11, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Wednesday, May 31, 2017 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.”

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.


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.


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).


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.


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.