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Groundfish Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 12 p.m. The primary purpose of the webinar is to discuss and develop statements for the Council’s March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, Washington on two agenda items: 1) Recommendations for incidental halibut retention allowances in the sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis, Washington – this topic will only be discussed if the Area 2A Pacific halibut Total Allowable Catch is high enough to provide such opportunities; and 2) Ecosystem Plan Initiatives -the Council will prioritize a list of fishery ecosystem plan initiatives and provide direction for additional consideration of the highest priority issue(s). Other pertinent items that are on the Council’s agenda for the March meeting may be addressed if time allows.

New! Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 101-963-979
  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). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-702-489-0004 (not a toll-free number), then enter your phone audio access code 502-039-210, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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 503-820-2280, extension 425 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
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Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GAP chair.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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 Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

“The Line”, summary of West Coast fisheries news, December 2014 version available online

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 4, December 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

Coastal Pelagic Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document available

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

The Status of the Pacific Coast Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery; Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE), dated December 2014 is now available on the Council’s website. Please visit the CPS SAFE document webpage to download the document.

Comment period open for the DEIS that evaluates the 2015-2016 harvest specifications and management measures and Amendment 24 to the groundfish FMP

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The comment period is now open for the draft Environmental Impact statement (DEIS) that evaluates the 2015-2016 harvest specifications and management measures and Amendment 24 to the groundfish fishery management plan (FMP). Amendment 24 includes default harvest control rules that would be used in future biennia, unless modified by the Council, to establish harvest specifications. Amendment 24 also designates some FMP species as ecosystem component species. For more information, please go to the draft Groundfish Amendment 24/DEIS webpage.

November 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

November 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the November 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.

October 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online (Transmittal Letter)

Friday, October 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met October, 17 2014 in an emergency meeting conducted via webinar and teleconference to consider inseason adjustments to 2014 Pacific whiting fisheries.  The October 2014 transmittal letter to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Emergency PFMC Meeting – October 17, 2014 at 2 PM Pacific Time

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Council to Consider Inseason Management of Groundfish Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet by conference call October 17, 2014 at 2 p.m. to address issues related to inseason management of groundfish fisheries. The meeting will end when business for the day is complete.

Purpose of the Emergency Meeting

This emergency meeting will be limited to one agenda item, which will include Council considerations to take final action on inseason adjustments to 2014 trawl fisheries related to Pacific whiting, darkblotched rockfish, and the incidental take of salmon.

Meeting Access and Arrangements

This Emergency Council Meeting will be held by conference call, and is open to the public. Access to this meeting can be by one-way internet streaming, telephone call, or both; see below for details. Individuals with physical disabilities impairing attendance of this meeting should contact Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 toll free.

Primary public access to this emergency meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be via live streaming webinar on the internet or one-way listening over a telephone line. The webinar broadcast begins at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) Friday, October 17, 2014, and will end when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations typically displayed on the screen at a normal Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion of the webinar is listen-only. To access the meeting online please:

  1. Join the one-way webinar by visiting this link: http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 471-941-735
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You can access the webinar using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, using the GoToMeeting application. It is recommended that you use a computer headset to listen to the meeting, but you may use your telephone for the one-way audio broadcast of the meeting. You can access the audio-only portion of this meeting using a telephone by dialing the toll number 1-415-655-0061 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 955-236-172. If you have technical difficulties, please contact Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425.

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Public Comment Information

Public comment on Council action will be accepted during the meeting prior to Council action.  If you wish to provide testimony during the Emergency Council meeting, you must use the following two-way conference call line rather than the number provided above: 888-790-5773 participant code: 9952325#.  If you elect to use this line, please use a phone with a mute function and mute your phone at all times other than when you are called upon to testify, out of courtesy and to permit effective conduct of the meeting. If you do not wish to provide verbal testimony, please access the meeting using the GoTo meeting protocol above.

Written public comments will be accepted and distributed to Council Members prior to deliberations if submitted by noon October 17, 2014. Written comments need to be submitted either by fax (503-820-2299) or email addressed to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.

Briefing Materials and Agenda

The agenda and briefing materials prepared for this meeting will be available on this webpage at least one hour prior to the meeting.

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The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, September 2014 version available online

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 3, September 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the September 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

Solicitation Notice for EFPs for swordfish and other highly migratory species

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch. Download the full solicitation letter that describes the purpose, process, and evaluation critieria.

The Council announces a deadline of 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, February 9, 2015, to submit EFP proposals to the Council office, addressed as follows:

By mail:
Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director
Attn: HMS EFP Proposal
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Pl. Suite, 101
Portland, OR 97220

By fax: 503-820-2299

By email: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov

On envelope, fax cover sheet, or email subject line, please enter “Attn: HMS EFP Proposal.” In the event an EFP proposal does not meet the above deadline, it does not necessarily mean the Council will not consider the proposal; however, lack of inclusion in the advance Briefing Book for the March 2015 Council meeting may mean no advisory review and dramatically reduced chance of the Council advancing the proposal to the next step.

Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov or telephone: 503-820-2422.