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Notice of Availability: Pacific Council News, Fall 2017

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Fall 2017 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. This newsletter reports mainly on decisions made at the September 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

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.

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar Tuesday, November 7

Monday, October 16th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.  The GMT webinar will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The webinar end time is an estimate, the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the November 2017 Pacific Council meeting.  A detailed agenda for the webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 2017 meeting.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
    https://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 921-983-403
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 930-5321
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code:  974-117-482
  6. Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

Technical Information and 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 GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 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

Driving Directions

Additional information

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

This 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 503-280-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

Friday, October 13th, 2017

Meeting notice and agenda available for the November 14-20, 2017 Council meeting

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NMFS publishes proposed “List of Fisheries for 2018”; requests comments by November 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2018 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 notice dated October 12, 2017 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 13, 2017.

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Agenda available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

An agenda is now available for the October 24-25, 2017 Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) meeting.

Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Meet October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR

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Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Meet October 24 and 25 in Portland, OR

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday, October 25, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to review the public review draft of the catch share program five-year review document and continue to develop ranges of alternatives for Council consideration at the November 2017 Council meeting. The issues to be covered were identified by the Council at its June 2017 meeting, and include: meeting the at-sea whiting fishery bycatch needs; trawl sablefish area management (including limits on gear switching); shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) accumulation limit; shorebased IFQ sector harvest complex needs; and catcher-processor sector accumulation limits on permit ownership and harvesting/processing. Ranges of alternatives are to be developed and finalized for analysis over the course of the November 2017 and March/April 2018 Council meetings. Due to workload limitations, it is unlikely that all of these issues will move forward in 2018.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Garden ABC Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

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 business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Dr. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2416; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 416.

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Request for nominations: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel Trawl At-Large seat

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Trawl At-Large seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) for remainder of the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

The GAP is charged with advising the Council on issues associated with its Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.   The current vacancy is for a Trawl At-Large position, and the Council is seeking nominees with knowledge and expertise regarding ocean groundfish fishery issues on the Pacific Coast, especially with regard to West Coast groundfish trawl fisheries.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, October 19, 2017.

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Control Date Announced for Gear Switching in the Groundfish Trawl Fishery

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Council may be considering a modification to its policy that allows vessels with trawl permits to gear switch and use gears other than trawl to catch their trawl quota.  In relation to a possible limitation on gear switching, the Council adopted September 15, 2017 as a control date. Such a control date provides public notice that if the Council adopts restrictions on gear switching it may or may not provide credit for activity after that date in establishing that limitation. A Federal Register notice will be published with a full explanation of the control date.

The Council has a listing of control dates on our “Control Dates” webpage.

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session October 2-5, 2017 in Portland, OR

Friday, September 15th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, October 2, 2017 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, October 3 through Thursday, October 5 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Proposed Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT meeting is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 14-20, 2017 meeting in Costa Mesa, California.  Specific agenda topics include the development of the 2019-2020 harvest specifications and management measures including rebuilding analyses.  The GMT may also address other groundfish and administrative agenda items scheduled for the November Council meeting.  A detailed agenda will be available on the Council’s website prior to the meeting.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Council Office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further information

This 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 work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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PRELIMINARY SEPTEMBER 2017 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

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.

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