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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 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

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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June 7-14, 2017 Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

June 7-14, 2017 Council Meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet June 7-14, 2017 in Spokane, Washington, at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Spokane City Center
322 N. Spokane Falls Court
Spokane, WA 99201
Phone: 509-455-9600

Draft Preliminary Agenda

Briefing Book

  • The June 2017 briefing book is scheduled to be posted to our website on or around the afternoon of May 19, 2017

Public Comment Deadline – June 2017 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Thursday, May 11, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the June meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the May 11, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific), Wednesday, May 31, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the June meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

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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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Three Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled – Updated

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

This blog was updated on April 17, 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.

Purpose of the STAR Panels

The purpose of the STAR Panels is to review draft 2017 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for these benchmark stock assessments; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce STAR Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2019 and beyond fisheries.  No management actions will be decided by the STAR Panel.  The STAR Panels’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

STAR Panel Meeting Dates and Times

STAR Panel 1:  The lingcod and Pacific ocean perch STAR Panel (STAR Panel 1) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, June 26, 2017 through Friday, June 30, 2017.  The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 2:  The yelloweye rockfish and yellowtail rockfish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 2) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 10, 2017 through Friday, July 14, 2017. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 3:  The blue/deacon rockfish and California scorpionfish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 3) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 24, 2017 through Friday, July 28, 2017.   The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Meeting Locations

STAR Panels 1 and 2 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
The Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle Washington 98112-2097
206-860-3200
Driving Directions

STAR Panel 3 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900
Driving Directions

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location. Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities. Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

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.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Pre-Assessment Workshop Scheduled

Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

March 21-22, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a pre-assessment workshop to review proposed data and modeling approaches for groundfish stock assessments scheduled for assessment this year.  The pre-assessment workshop is open to the public.  The workshop will also be streamed online via webinar to facilitate remote participation.

The pre-assessment workshop will be held Tuesday, March 21, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Time) or when business for the day has been completed.  The workshop will reconvene on Wednesday, March 22 at 8:30 a.m., ending at 5:30 p.m.  or when business has been completed for the day.

Workshop Agenda and Materials

Workshop Location

Pacific Fishery Management Council office
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Public Listening Stations

Public listening stations will be available at the Council office, as well as the following locations:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Room 188
110 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Telephone: 831-420-3947
Driving Directions

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Main Conference Room
2040 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
Telephone: 541-867-4741
Driving Directions

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Fisheries Science Center should bring photo identification to the meeting location.  Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities.  Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

Workshop Objectives

The purpose of the pre-assessment workshop is to review proposed data inputs, modeling approaches, and any other pertinent information for new benchmark stock assessments for lingcod, yelloweye rockfish, yellowtail rockfish, and blue/deacon rockfishes.  There may be limited discussion of assessments for Pacific ocean perch and California scorpionfish, which are scheduled benchmark assessments this year; however, these stock assessments will not be the focus of the workshop.  The goal of the pre-assessment workshop is to promote dialogue and common understanding between assessment teams and data providers of the best data, analytical, and modeling approaches for use in conducting the benchmark groundfish assessments scheduled for 2017.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.

Instructions for Attending the Webinar (option)

  1. To attend the webinar visit:  http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar.
  2. Enter the Webinar ID, which is 848-366-715, and your name and email address (required).
  3. After logging into the webinar, dial this TOLL number 1+ (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number), then enter the Attendee phone audio access code:  548-202-793,
  4. then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers on GoToMeeting as an option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at kris.kleinschmidt@noaa.gov or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at one of the public listening stations as well as by participants who have preregistered and are listening from remote locations.

Additional Contact Information

If you have further questions, please contact: Mr. John DeVore, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2413, email: John.DeVore@noaa.gov or Ms. Stacey Miller, NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center, telephone: 541-867-0535, email: Stacey.Miller@noaa.gov.

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820–2280 at least 10 days prior to the workshop date.

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Reminder! Groundfish Management Team will be holding a webinar on March 1; Agenda now available

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinars March 1, April 4, and June 1

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold three 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.; 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.

The primary purpose of the GMT webinars are to prepare for the 2017 March, April, and June Pacific Council meetings.  A detailed agenda for each 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 meetings in 2017.

Webinar Agendas

Past Webinar Agendas from this series:

To Attend the Webinars

The following login instructions will work for any of the webinars in this series.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 349-453-339
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0060 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  229-858-558;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.

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

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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Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Committees to Hold Joint Work Session February 22

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a joint work session, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or when business for the day has been completed.

Work Session Purpose

The primary purpose of the work session is to discuss development of an impact analysis for the Council’s adopted alternatives for an electronic monitoring program for bottom trawl and midwater trawl vessels that target groundfish other than whiting in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Trawl Fishery. No management actions will be decided at this work session. The work session will include review and discussion of the Council’s adopted alternatives and other reports.

Work Session Materials

Work Session Location

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Concourse Room
6233 NE 78th Ct.
Portland, Oregon, 97218
503-251-2000
Driving Directions

The work session 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, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at (503) 820-2424; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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