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Public Comment Deadline for the March 2016 Briefing Book

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2016 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Monday, February 8, 2016, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the February 8, 2016, 11:59 pm deadline, but BY 5 pm, Monday, February 29, 2016 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

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

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“The Line” December 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 3, December 2015 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the November 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, December 2015, 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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November 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 14-19, 2015 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting. It also includes a listing of the membership appointments that were made at the November 2015 meeting (see “Administrative Matters”, starting on page 8 of the Decision Summary Document).

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November 2015 Council Meeting Internet Live Stream

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The November 2015 Council meeting will also be live‐streamed on the internet beginning at 8:00 AM Pacific Time (PT) Saturday, November 14, 2015 through Thursday, November 19, 2015. Broadcasts end daily at approximately 6:00 PM PT or when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen‐only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast.

For agenda item topics, please see the November 2015 agenda.

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode

Join the meeting in “listen-only” mode by visiting this link:

  1. http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID – The November 14-19, 2015 Webinar ID is: 145-232-603
  3. Please enter your email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s speakers (VoIP) or telephone. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).  Since this is a “listen only” broadcast, you may use your computer speakers or headset to listen.

If you do not have a headset or computer speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-951-266-6126; phone audio access code 925-719-732 (not a toll-free number); then enter the audio pin shown after joining the webinar. The webinar is broadcast in “listen only” mode.

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 for technical assistance.

MP3 Audio Files

Approximately three business days after the meeting has ended, you may visit the “Past Meetings” webpage where you will find links to the MP3 and WAV files.

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November 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the November 2015 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.

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Fall 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

The Fall 2015 issue of Pacific Council News (revised; supplemental deadline and table of HMS caps were corrected) is now available on the Council’s website. 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, Fall 2015, 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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2015 Pacific Sardine Distribution Workshop Final Report available; Comments due October 16, 2015

Monday, October 5th, 2015

The 2015 Pacific Sardine Distribution Workshop Final Report is now available

The report will be considered by the Council at its November 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, California, tentatively scheduled for Sunday, November 15.  Anyone wishing to submit comments on the report should send their comments via email to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov, no later than 11:59 pm, Friday, October 16, 2015, for inclusion in the advance briefing book materials.  Any questions should be directed to Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409.

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Council Seeking Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms (nominations due no later than October 16)

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues for the 2016-2018 term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than October 16, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s webpage “Nominations for 2016-2018 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.

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September 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 11-16, 2015 in Sacramento, California. The September 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document highlights the significant decisions made during that meeting.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT SEPTEMBER 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, September 11th, 2015

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.

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