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The Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Friday, October 16th, 2015

November 9, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar. The online SSC webinar is open to the public.

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to review a revised west coast limited entry trawl individual fishing quota (IFQ) projection model developed by the Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team (GMT). The specific objectives of the SSC webinar are to review revisions to the GMT’s west coast limited entry trawl IFQ projection model to ensure the changes recommended by the SSC’s Groundfish and Economics Subcommittees in June were implemented and the model behaves as expected. During the webinar, the SSC will consider endorsing the GMT’s IFQ model to inform management decisions. No management actions will be decided in this webinar.

Date and Time of Webinar

The SSC webinar will commence at noon PST, Monday, November 9, 2015 and continue until 2 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 148-230-579
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (914) 614-3221  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  117-723-807 ;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 425 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 503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 413.

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Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated. The Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has information on:

  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation Pending
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation on Hold
  • Council Deliberations In Progress
  • Longer Term Planning
  • Issues for Future Scoping
  • Other Issues Affecting the Trawl Fishery
  • Completed Trailing Actions
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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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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee Meeting Scheduled

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

September 28, 2015 through October 2, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold a work session to review stock assessments for black rockfish off Oregon, new harvest specification projections for arrowtooth flounder, an updated rebuilding analysis for yelloweye rockfish, and a new proposed methodology for determining big skate harvest specifications. This meeting is open to the public.

The SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, September 28, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Thursday, October 1, 2015. The meeting may continue on Friday, October 2 at 8:30 a.m. if needed to complete the subcommittee’s business. The meeting will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to review draft 2015 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for new full stock assessment of black rockfish off Oregon, work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions, and produce a report for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for fisheries in 2017 and beyond. Additionally, the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will review an updated yelloweye rockfish rebuilding analysis, review new overfishing limit (OFL) projections for arrowtooth flounder, and review new methodology for determining a big skate OFL. No management actions will be decided by the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee. The subcommittee’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the SSC and the Pacific Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.

Meeting Location

The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will meet in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room 2076 (September 28-October 1)
Building 4, Observer Training Room 1055 (October 2, if needed)
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.,
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, and New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State-issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

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 Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility. Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Work Session

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long (October 5-9, 2015) work session that is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, October 5 at 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, October 6 through Friday, October 9 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

New! Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 13-19, 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, California. Specific agenda topics include the development of the 2017-2018 harvest specifications and management measures including stock assessments and rebuilding analyses. The GMT may also address other groundfish agenda items scheduled for the November Council meeting. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair. A detailed agenda will be available on this webpage the week of September 21.

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 503-820-2425 at least five 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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Reminder! Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, August 31st, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  (more…)

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Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Webinar

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.

Meeting Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 137-066-219
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8321  (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code  692-754-402; then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).  Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 425 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

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the September 2015 Council meeting. Specific agenda topics include inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries, electronic monitoring regulations and exempted fishing permits updates, and development of a midwater sport fishery in Oregon and California. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September 9-16, 2015 meeting in Sacramento, California.

For Further Information

This listening station is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the conference call, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Inseason Actions from June 2015 Meeting

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

At their June 2015 meeting, the Council considered the latest data on groundfish catches and recommended the following:

  • Sablefish north of 36° N latitude:
    • Increase the limited entry fixed gear trip limit to 1,125 lbs/week and 3,375 lbs/2 months for periods 4 through 6, beginning as quickly as possible in period 4.
    • Increase the open access fixed gear trip limit to 350 lbs/day, 1,600 lbs/week, and 3,200 lbs/2 months for periods 4 through 6, beginning as quickly as possible in period 4.
  • Minor Shelf Rockfish complex, shortbelly, widow, and chilipepper between 40°10′ and 34°27′ N latitude: Increase the open access fixed gear trip limit to 500 pounds/2 months for period 4 through 6.
  • Blackgill rockfish south of 40°10′ N latitude:
    • Increase the limited entry fixed gear sub-limit to 1,600 pounds/2 months for periods 4 through 6, beginning as quickly as possible in period 4.
    • Increase the open access gear sub-limit to 550 pounds/2 months for periods 4 through 6, beginning as quickly as possible in period 4.
  • California scorpionfish: Increase the limited entry and open access trip limit to 1,500 lbs/2 months for periods 4 through 6, beginning as quickly as possible in period 4.
  • Black rockfish: Decrease the limited entry and open access trip limit between 40°10′ and 42° N latitude to 6,000 lbs/2 months beginning at the start of the next bi-monthly period (either July 1 or September 1).
  • Big skate: Adopt a 50 percent discard mortality rate for big skate caught with trawl gear (SSC recommendation). Increase big skate trip limits for the shorebased IFQ program to 35,000 lbs/2 months for periods 4 through 6, beginning as quickly as possible in period 4.
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PRELIMINARY DRAFT JUNE 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, June 12th, 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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Reminder! Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on May 19-21, 2015, which is open to the public. This is also being broadcast via webinar. (more…)

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