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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.

September 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 12-17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington. The September 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

September 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the September 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.

NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2015″

Monday, August 25th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register dated August 25, 2014 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 24, 2014.

NMFS Public Notice: Notice of Swordfish Drift Gillnet Directed Fishing Closure

Friday, July 25th, 2014

This notice announces that, through rulemaking in the Federal Register, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is closing the Pacific Loggerhead Conservation Area, prohibiting fishing with large-mesh drift gillnet (DGN) gear (>14 inches mesh) off the coast of southern California east of 120º west meridian through August 31, 2014.

For information, please contact: Mr. Craig Heberer, NOAA Fisheries, (760) 431-9400, ext. 303.

Comment Period Extended to August 19th for the Corps’ Double-crested Cormorant Draft EIS

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Corps is extending the deadline to submit comments on the Double-crested Cormorant Management Plan to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary.  The comment period is extended by 15 days and will now close on August 19th, 2014.

During the extension period, the Corps will be hosting an additional evening webinar August 14th from 6:30-8:00pm. For webinar connection information, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Currentprojects/CormorantEIS.aspx and click on the Public Meeting section.

See the original blog post from June 12, 2014 for complete DEIS details and more information.