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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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Groundfish Management Team (GMT) to Conduct a Conference Call June 4, 2015

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a conference call that is open to the public on June 4, 2015 at 1 pm until business for the day is completed.

New! GMT Teleconference Materials

Teleconference Dial-In Number

To attend the GMT teleconference, participants need to dial the following toll-free number: 1-888-283-0166 and enter the following participant code: 4432591.

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 June 2015 Council meeting.  Specific agenda topics include a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries; salmon Endangered Species Act reconsultation update; and the process for adopting harvest specifications and management measures for the 2017-2018 fisheries.  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 June 10-16, 2015 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

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 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT APRIL 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Monday, April 20th, 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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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting

Tuesday, April 7th, 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. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19 and at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21. The meeting will be held at the following location:

Regional Administrator’s Conference Room
Building 1
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

Agenda and Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review information on take of species listed under the Endangered Species Act in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (other than salmonids) and provide recommendations to the Council on any additional mitigation measures needed, if any, to meet the requirements of the Act as implemented through the terms and conditions in the most recent biological opinion for the fishery.

You may also join this meeting by conference line and webinar. To join by phone, participants should dial 888-790-6085, passcode 1730793.

To Attend the Webinar

NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region has made the GoToMeeting arrangements; if you have questions regarding the GoToMeeting webinar, please send an email to Ms. Sarah Williams or contact her at 206-526-4646 for technical assistance.

Each day of the meeting requires a different web address.

On May 19, participants can join Meeting ID: 544-685-613 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/544685613

On May 20, participants can join Meeting ID: 991-327-765 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/991327765

On May 21, participants can join Meeting ID: 845-869-013 at
https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/845869013

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use the conference line number by dialing 1-888-790-6085, and entering passcode 1730793 at the prompt.

GoToMeeting 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)

 

Additional information

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Ms. Sarah Williams (Sarah.Williams@noaa.gov, 206-526-4646) in advance to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

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.  If you have additional questions regarding the meeting topics, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Four Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Four Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish. The second STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for bocaccio and China rockfish. The third STAR panel will review a new benchmark assessment for black rockfish. The fourth STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for widow rockfish and the kelp greenling population occurring in waters off Oregon. These STAR panel meetings are open to the public.

The purpose of the STAR Panels is to review draft 2015 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for benchmark stock assessments for canary rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, bocaccio, China rockfish, black rockfish, widow rockfish, and the population of kelp greenling in waters off Oregon; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce STAR Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2017 and beyond fisheries. No management actions will be decided by the Panel. The Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its June meeting in Spokane, Washington and its September meeting in Sacramento, California.

STAR Panel Dates and Times

Canary Rockfish and Darblotched Rockfish

The canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, April 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, May 1. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Bocaccio and China Rockfish

The bocaccio and China rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 10. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Black Rockfish

The black rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 24. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Widow Rockfish and Oregon Kelp Greenling

The widow rockfish and Oregon kelp greenling STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 31. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Locations

The canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
206-634-2000

Driving Directions

The bocaccio and China rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900

Driving Directions

The black rockfish STAR Panel meeting, as well as the widow rockfish and Oregon kelp greenling STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Newport Research Station
2032 SE OSU Drive
Building 955
Newport, Oregon 97365
541-867-0500

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 Dr. Jim Hastie at 206-860-3412 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process. This workshop 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.

If you have additional questions regarding the STAR Panel work sessions, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Conference Call

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a conference call that is open to the public on Tuesday, April 7, 2015, from 1 pm until business for the day is completed. To attend the GMT teleconference, participants need to dial the following toll-free number: 888-283-0166 and enter the following Participant Code: 4432591.

Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the April 2015 Council meeting. Specific agenda topics include the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s proposed revisions to National Standards 1, 3, and 7; a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries including carryover for the shorebased individual fishing quota program; further consideration for flexible management of annual catch limit set-asides; and comments on a Council Operating Procedure for methodology reviews. 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 April 10-16, 2015 meeting in Rohnert Park, California.

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

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 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Nearshore Species Assessment Workshop Scheduled

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will sponsor a Nearshore Species Assessment Workshop to evaluate catch data and proposed catch-per-unit-effort (CPUE) indices for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments for black rockfish, China rockfish, and kelp greenling occurring in waters off Oregon. The Nearshore Species Assessment Workshop is open to the public.

The purpose of the Nearshore Species Assessment Workshop is to evaluate available catch and effort data proposed for developing CPUE indices to inform 2015 groundfish stock assessments for black rockfish, China rockfish, and kelp greenling. Recommendations regarding the data available for use in developing CPUE indices for black rockfish, China rockfish, and kelp greenling will be forwarded to Stock Assessment Teams that will be conducting the assessments for their consideration in preparing these assessments scheduled for formal review later in 2015. Other data and approaches to assessing the abundance and productivity of west coast black rockfish, China rockfish, and kelp greenling may also be discussed at the Nearshore Species Assessment Workshop. No management actions will be decided in this workshop.

Workshop Date and Times

The Nearshore Species Assessment Workshop will commence at 1 p.m. PT, Tuesday, March 31, 2015 and will continue through 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day. The workshop will continue on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 and Thursday, April 2, 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Location

The workshop will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
503-281-2500
Driving Directions

The workshop will be held in the Cascade A/B Room on March 31 and April 1, and will move to the Garden A/B Room on April 2.

Additional Information

This workshop 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.

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

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