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Public Comment Deadline for the November 2017 Briefing Book

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

November 2017 Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

  • Public comment materials received at the Council office after the October 19, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Monday, November 6, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November meeting.
  • You may email your comments to:  pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or send to the Council office.
  • If your comments contain a PowerPoint or Video presentation, see “How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos below.

Public Comment Guidelines “After the 5 pm, November 6, 2017” Deadline

  • Comments received after the  5 pm, November 6, 2017 date specified above will not be photocopied and distributed by the Council staff.
  • For late comments received after the 5 pm, November 6, 2017 date specified above, individuals need to hand deliver their comments to the Council Secretariat at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, no later than 5 p.m. the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda. These submissions should include the submitter’s name, the Council agenda item number, and the Council meeting date.
  • Comments will be accepted in electronic form and hard copy.

The public should be aware that the Council does not have time to thoroughly review extensive written comments submitted at the meeting. The Council’s advisory bodies may not have a chance to review such comment.   The Council will not pay for comments transmitted to the meeting hotel.   Comments submitted that are not in support of oral testimony will be included in the briefing materials for the next Council meeting.

How to Submit PowerPoint Presentations or Videos

If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, such PowerPoints and videos need to be turned in no later than 5 pm the day before the corresponding agenda item is scheduled on the Council’s agenda.  PowerPoints must be sent to:  Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov.  Please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting if you have additional questions.

For additional information

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.


September 2017 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 13-18, 2017 in Boise, Idaho. The September 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.



Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record. The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing. They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors. They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action. The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.


September 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The September 11-18, 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 September 11-18, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:


NOAA is soliciting comments on HMS exempted fishing permit applications recommended by the PFMC

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

A Federal Register notice soliciting public comments on Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) applications recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to NMFS published on August 28, 2017.

Comments will be accepted through September 27, 2017 via mail and via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Please visit https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-18146 for more information.

Also,​ please see ​NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region “Status of HMS Exempted Fishing Permits” webpage ​that contains​ archives all major documents and decisions regarding HMS EFP applications received by the Council and NOAA Fisheries http://bit.ly/2xKyyvu

If you have further questions, please contact:  Chris Fanning, NMFS, West Coast Region, 562-980-4198.


September 2017 Briefing Book Available Online

Friday, August 25th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the September 11-18, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 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.

For further information:


Announcing the FY18 Saltonstall-Kennedy Federal Funding Opportunity

Friday, August 11th, 2017

August 11 is the start of the Saltonstall-Kennedy (SK) Grant Program application solicitation for FY 2018; continuing with the early “pre-proposal” grant process from FY 2017 that will reduce the burden of preparing full proposals on projects that do not meet program criteria. Pre-proposals will be accepted for 60 days, August 11 through October 10, 2017. To maximize time and familiarity, NOAA Fisheries will conduct at least two public webinars for interested stakeholders to walk them through the process and answer any questions.

Briefly, the “pre-proposal” process is a required step that will provide applicants with early clarification from NOAA as to the technical merits and relevancy of their project. This step provides applicants an early indication of their project’s eligibility before going through the more intensive process of developing a full project proposal.

The 2018 priority focus areas were modified. This year, the priority focus areas are Marine Aquaculture; Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystems; Promotion, Development, and Marketing; and Territorial Science.

Grant awards are dependent on the availability of Federal funding as provided in enacted Appropriations Acts.
This FFO is being released prior to final appropriations due to award process timeframes. While the FY 2018 President’s budget proposed $0 for this program, final Congressional direction has not been determined. As stated clearly in the FFO, applicants are not guaranteed any level of funding.

For a full listing of the priority focus areas, the pre-proposal process and all other relevant information, please visit NOAA’s SK Grants page or please visit https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=Saltonstall for the Federal Funding Opportunity.

For more information, please contact the National S-K Manager, Daniel Namur at dan.namur@noaa.gov, telephone: (301) 427-8730, or any of the Regional Managers listed in the FFO.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA.


September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available!


Reminder: The Council is seeking nominations for it’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (At-Large Seat)

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017


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 Agenda

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.