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PRELIMINARY JUNE 2017 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, June 9th, 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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Three Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled – Updated With Webinar “Option”

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Three Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels have been scheduled this year. The first STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for lingcod and Pacific ocean perch. The second STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for yelloweye rockfish and yellowtail rockfish. The third STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish. These STAR Panel meetings are open to the public.

Updated: The STAR panel meetings will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely.

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Reminder! Groundfish Management Team will be holding a webinar on June 1 (agenda now available)

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

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June 2017 Briefing Book Available Online (with updated agenda)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the June 7-14, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “June 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.

Please note:  the date of Agenda Item G. Pacific Halibut Management and some agenda items for C. Administrative Matters have changed from previously published June 2017 Council meeting agenda versions.  See Agenda Item A.4, June 2017 Council Meeting Agenda for the  most recent agenda.

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Reminder! Groundfish Management Team will be holding a webinar on May 18

Friday, May 12th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold four webinars that are open to the public.  The GMT webinars will be held Wednesday, March 1, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.; and Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Webinar end times are estimates, meetings will adjourn when business for each day is completed.

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June 7-14, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The June 7-14, 2017 Meeting Notice and Agenda is now available online!

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics and Groundfish Subcommittees to Meet in Seattle, WA

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of its Economics and Groundfish Subcommittees of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).  The meeting is open to the public.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review draft analyses informing the Pacific Council’s five-year review of the U.S. West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program.  The SSC Economics and Groundfish subcommittees will conduct a review of the draft review document.  The Pacific Council and its advisors will receive the report and recommendations of the SSC Economics and Groundfish subcommittees on the five-year review of the U.S. West Coast Trawl Catch Share Program at its June 7-14, 2017 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Dates

The meeting will be held Wednesday, May 24, 2017 and Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time or until business is completed on each day.

Meeting Location

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Watertown Hotel
Wallingford Room
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Telephone: 1-855-850-8614

Driving Directions

Additional Information

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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 503-820-2280, ext. 411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

 

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Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Community Advisory Board to Meet May 30-31

Friday, April 21st, 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, May 30, 2017 at 10 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to review an initial draft of the trawl catch share program review document and to develop for recommendation to the Council a prioritized list of issues that would be pursued following completion of the review process in November 2017 (follow-on actions).  The Council is scheduled to prioritize possible follow-on actions at its June 2017 meeting, with the aim of developing a range of alternatives for each issue by November 2017.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
St. Helens Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

Meeting Agenda

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 Mr. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2416; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 416.

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Council’s final preferred Alternative for Non-whiting Midwater and Bottom Trawl Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Regulations were selected at the April, 2017 meeting in Sacramento, CA

Monday, April 17th, 2017

The Council’s final preferred Alternative for Non-whiting Midwater and Bottom Trawl Fisheries Electronic Monitoring Regulations were selected at the April, 2017 meeting in Sacramento, CA.  Modifications from the FPA adopted in September 2014 are shown in italics.

  1. Alternative 2 – Provide option to use Electronic Monitoring in lieu of Human Observers
  2. Data:Sub-Option A2: Logbook data is used as the primary data source to debit vessel accounts and EM data is used to audit the validity of the logbook
  3. Level of Video Review:Sub-Option B2. The level of review should initially be 100 percent, but NMFS would have the ability, in consultation with the Council, to modify the percentage based on performance and the amount of review necessary to verify the accuracy of logbook information, and the performance of individual operators.
  4. Discard Accounting: Sub-Option C1: All discards would be debited from IFQ accounts
  5. Retention:Sub-Option D2: Optimized retention – Vessel operators would be able to discard those species that can be differentiated on camera
  6. Halibut: new Sub-Option E8 developed by GEMPAC (Agenda Item F.2a Supplemental GEMPAC report): Use a NMFS-approved discard mortality rate (DMR), developed in consultation with the Council, with the intent of finalizing halibut DMRs under EM by November 2017
  7. Vessel Monitoring Plan Expiration: Sub-Option F1 (No Expiration): Vessel monitoring plans would be effective until revised.
  8. Declaration of EM Use: Sub-Option G1: No limit on switching between EM and observers
  9. Data Transfer Process: Sub-Option H1: A representative of the vessel (vessel operator or crew) would be responsible for delivering the hard drive to the EM service provide (Remove portion of Sept 2014 FPA that included Sub-Option H3)
  10. Discard List Adjustments: Provide for NMFS, in consultation to the Council make adjustments to the Discard List. The Council’s intent is to have a process that does not require rulemaking but provides as opportunity to Council consideration of anticipated adjustments prior to adjusting the discard list.
  11. Video Review Provider: Maintain the current practice of having Pacific States perform video review responsibilities but develop protocols for transferring financial responsibility for the video review from NMFS to the industry to be implemented when NMFS can no longer cover these costs. If in the future, the Council decides to consider incorporating a more expansive 3rd party reviewer provision, this separate rule making would require fully articulated program design alternatives and cost information available to make an informed decision on whether moving to 3rd party providers or staying with a sole provider model best meets the goals and objectives of the program.
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Reminder! Groundfish Management Team will be holding a webinar on April 4, agenda now available

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

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