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Council Adopts Preliminary Preferred Management Measures for 2017-2018

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

Final Harvest Specifications

The Council adopted final preferred harvest specifications for 2017-2018 as outlined in http://tinyurl.com/z92znz5, Table 1, except:

  • Canary rockfish: 1,526 mt annual catch limit (ACL) in 2017-18 with ACL = ABC (acceptable biological catch) (P* = 0.45) thereafter;
  • Darkblotched rockfish: 490 mt in 2017-18;
  • California scorpionfish: 150 mt constant catch ACL;
  • Widow rockfish: ACL = ABC (P* = 0.45); 13,508 mt and 12,655 mt in 2017 and 2018, respectively; and
  • Blue rockfish harvest specifications would also include deacon rockfish.

Preliminary Preferred Management Measures

The Council adopted the following adjustments to management measures for public review

  • Updates to selected rockfish conservation area coordinates in California (See http://tinyurl.com/gle923s in Section B.1.1)
  • Deductions to the final preferred ACLs to account for groundfish mortality in Tribal, exempted fishing permit, non-groundfish fisheries (also called incidental open access), and research activities. The 2017 research set-asides for yelloweye rockfish were reduced by 0.6 mt; total research set-asides for all projects would be equal to 2.7 mt. Additionally, the tribal set-aside for canary rockfish was increased to 50 mt to facilitate analysis of impacts. Final tribal set-asides will be adopted in June
  • Preliminary annual catch targets (ACT) for cowcod (4 mt) and California scorpionfish (111 mt)
  • All management measures for blue rockfish shall be specified as blue/deacon rockfish

The Council adopted the following preliminary preferred harvest guidelines (HG) for species managed within a complex

  • Blackgill rockfish within the Slope Rockfish complex south of 40°10´ N. latitude in 2017 (120.2 mt). In the event Amendment 26, which proposes to manage blackgill south of 40°10´ N. latitude with stock-specific harvest specifications, is delayed, then implement a 122.4 mt blackgill rockfish HG within the Slope Rockfish complex south of 40°10´ N. latitude in 2018
  • Blue rockfish south of 42° N. latitude within the Nearshore Rockfish complexes north and south of 40°10´ N. latitude (304.6 mt in 2017, 311.2 mt for 2018)

Preliminary preferred trawl and non-trawl allocations were also adopted for

  • Bocaccio: trawl (39 percent) and non-trawl (61 percent) allocation
  • Cowcod: trawl (36 percent) and non-trawl (64 percent) allocation
  • Yelloweye rockfish: trawl (8 percent) and non-trawl (92 percent) allocation
  • Canary rockfish: in lieu of allocations, implement ACTs of 72 percent to the trawl sectors (1,060.1 mt) and 28 percent (406.5 mt) to the non-trawl sectors
  • Big skate: trawl (95 percent) and non-trawl (5 percent) allocation
  • Longnose skate: trawl (90 percent) and non-trawl (10 percent) allocation
  • Shelf Rockfish north 40°10´ N. latitude: trawl (60.2 percent) and non-trawl (39.8 percent) allocation
  • Shelf Rockfish south 40°10´ N. latitude: trawl (12.2 percent) and non-trawl (87.8 percent) allocation

The Council also adopted preliminary within non-trawl HG or shares for bocaccio south of 40°10´ N. latitude, canary, cowcod, and yelloweye as follows

2017

Bocaccio Canary Cowcod Yelloweye
Non-Trawl Allocationa/ 476.5 406.5 2.6 13.1
Non-Nearshore 145.6 46.5 0.8
Nearshore Fixed Gear 1.8 100 2.1
Washington Recreational HG 0.0 50 3.3
Oregon Recreational HG 0.0 75 3.0
California Recreational HG 329.1 135 3.9

2018

Bocaccio Canary Cowcod Yelloweye
Non-Trawl Totala/ 446.6 406.5 2.6 12.9
Non-Nearshore 136.4 46.5 0.7
Nearshore Fixed Gear 1.7 100 2.0
Washington Recreational HG 0.0 50 3.3
Oregon Recreational HG 0.0 75 3.0
California Recreational HG 308.4 135 3.9

a/ The values for canary would be specified as ACTs. The values for bocaccio, cowcod, and yelloweye would be non-trawl allocations.

  • Within the non-trawl sector, blackgill rockfish south of 40°10′ N. latitude will be divided 60 percent to limited entry and 40 percent to open access in 2017-2018
    • In 2017, the blackgill south of 40°10′ N. latitude non-trawl HG (44.5 mt) would provide 26.7 mt for limited entry and 17.8 mt to open access fixed gears
    • If Amendment 26 is implemented in 2018, then the blackgill south of 40°10′ N. latitude non-trawl allocation (72.2 mt) would provide 43.3 mt to limited entry and 28.9 mt to open access fixed gears
    • If Amendment 26 is not implemented in 2018, then the blackgill south of 40°10′ N. latitude non-trawl HG (45.3 mt) would provide 27.2 mt for limited entry and 18.1 mt to open access fixed gears
  • For sablefish south of 36º N. latitude, provide 70 percent to limited entry and 30 percent to open access fixed gears
Year Regulation Values Modeling Targets (includes est. discard)
Non-Trawl Allocation LE Share OA Share Non-Trawl Share LE Landed Catch Share OA Landed Catch Share
2017 621 434 186 598 419 179
2018 647 453 194 623 436 187

 

  • For Nearshore Rockfish North of 40°10´ N. latitude, the Council adopted the following state-specific shares for 2017-2018
    • Option 2 in Table 4-8 of http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7: WA (16.9 mt), OR (46.1 mt), and CA (40.2 mt)
    • The California share would be a Federal HG, whereas Washington and Oregon would be tracked in a state process

 

Shorebased IFQ Program

Allocations based on final preferred ACLs, Amendment 21 allocations, a two-year canary ACT, and a two-year bocaccio allocation. The daily vessel limit, designed for overfished species, for canary rockfish would be removed, given that the stock is rebuilt. Trip limits for non-IFQ species would be the same as in 2016, except for big skate.

Big skate trip limits coastwide for shorebased IFQ fishery for 2017-2018.

JAN-FEB MAR-APR MAY-JUN JUL-AUG SEP-OCT NOV-DEC
5,000 lbs./2 months 25,000 lbs./2 months 30,000 lbs./2 months 35,000 lbs./2 months 10,000 lbs./2 months 5,000 lbs./2 months

Trawl Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) would have the same configuration as in 2016, except that north of 48°10’ N. latitude the shoreward boundary would be 100 fm and the seaward boundary would be 150 fm.

At-Sea

The Council adopted preliminary preferred allocations based on final preferred ACLs, Amendment 21 allocations, two-year allocations for canary rockfish, and set-asides (see Table 4-20 in http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7).

 

Catcher-Processor Allocations (mt)

Species 2017 2018
Canary 16 16
Darkblotched 13.5 13.5
Pacific Ocean perch 10.2 10.2
Widow rockfish 411.2 384.8

Mothership Allocations (mt)

Species 2017 2018
Canary 30 30
Darkblotched 9.5 9.5
Pacific Ocean perch 7.2 7.2
Widow rockfish 290.3 271.6

Non-Nearshore

The non-trawl RCA seaward boundary from 40°10´ to 34°27´ N. latitude would be moved from 150 to 125 fm. The same trip limits as in 2016 would be in place for 2017-2018 except for the following.

Sablefish

North of 36° N. latitude for limited entry and open access fixed gears for 2017-2018.

Fishery Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun July-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec
LE 1,125 lbs/week, not to exceed 3,375 lbs bimonthly
OA 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,400 lbs, not to exceed 2,800 lbs bimonthlya/

a/ Preliminary modeling indicates that these limits will exceed the OA sablefish share; reduced trip limits are expected for the June Briefing Book.

South of 36° N. latitude for limited entry and open access fixed gears.

Fishery Jan-Feb Mar-Apr May-Jun July-Aug Sept-Oct Nov-Dec
Limited Entry 1,700 lbs/week
Open Access 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,600 lbs.,

not to exceed 3,200 lbs. bimonthly

Blackgill rockfish:  For 2017, implement the same trip limits for limited entry and open access as in 2016.  For 2018, assuming Amendment 26 is implemented, develop new trip limit projections based on 2,000 lbs/2 months for limited entry and 800 lbs/2 months for open access. These trip limits are higher than the 2016 trip limits but lower than the options presented in Table 4-28 in http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7.  If Amendment 26 is not implemented in 2018, the proposed limit of 2,000 lbs/2 months is estimated to exceed the limited entry share. The 800 lbs/2 months for open access is estimated to be within the open access share even if Amendment 26 is not implemented. The 2016 trip limits for limited entry and open access are expected to stay within the shares if Amendment 26 is not implemented in 2018.

Bocaccio

Limited entry south of 40°10′ N. latitude

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
40°10′ – 34°27′ 1,000 lb / 2 mo
South of 34°27′ 1,500 lb CLOSED 1,500 lb / 2 mo

Open access south of 40°10′ N. latitude

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
South of 40°10′ 500 lb CLOSED 500 lb / 2 mo

Remove bocaccio from the aggregate trip limit between 40°10′ N. latitude and 34°27′ N. latitude to reduce discarding as the stock continues to rebuild and encounters increase.

Canary rockfish: Trip limits of 300 lbs/2 months for limited entry and 150 lbs/2 months for open access.

Yellowtail rockfish: 1,000 lbs/month for limited entry and 500 lbs/month for open access.

Shelf rockfish: Open access between 40°10′ N. latitude and 34°27′ N. latitude

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
400 lb CLOSED 400 lb / 2 mo

Nearshore

The non-trawl RCA shoreward boundary would be moved from 60 to 75 fm south of 34°27′ N. latitude. The same trip limits as in 2016 would apply, except:

Canary trip limits: 300 lbs/2 months for limited entry and 150 lbs/2 months for open access coastwide.

Black rockfish, LE and OA: 7,000 lbs/2 months for both limited entry and open access in California between 42° N. latitude and 40°10′ N. latitude.

California scorpionfish:

Limited entry and open access bi-monthly trip limits (lbs.) for California scorpionfish.

Period 1 Period 2 Period 3 Period 4 Period 5 Period 6
1,500 lb Closed 1,500 lb / 2 mo

Tribal

The Council adopted preliminary preferred tribal measures that are the same as in 2016, except that

  • Sablefish discard mortality would be reduced from 1.6 to 1.5 percent
  • Midwater trawl: Treaty midwater trawl fishermen will be restricted to a total catch of 1,000 mt of yellowtail rockfish for the entire fleet. Widow rockfish will be managed not to exceed 200 mt for the entire fleet
  • For Dover sole, English sole, Other Flatfish, and arrowtooth flounder, trip limits will be established in tribal regulation only and adjusted in-season to stay within the overall harvest targets and overfished species limits
  • For canary rockfish, the tribal fisheries will be managed to the tribal set-aside, which will be determined before the June 2016 Council meeting

Washington Recreational

The Council adopted preliminary preferred measures that are the same as in 2016, except:

Bag Limits and Sub-limits

  • Marine Catch Areas 1 and 2: Aggregate bag limit of 12 groundfish which includes a sub-limit of 10 rockfish, including up to 1 canary rockfish, 2 lingcod, and 2 cabezon (i.e., status quo with additional canary rockfish sub-limit).
  • Retention of up to 2 canary rockfish would be considered in 2018 for all areas.

 

Recreational Season Dates

  • Marine Catch Areas 1, 2, and 3: Bottomfish and lingcod seasons would open on the second Saturday in March and continue through the third Saturday in October. The lingcod season would be revised to be the same as the bottomfish season.  The status quo lingcod season is open the Saturday closest to March 15, through the Saturday closest to October 15.
  • Marine Catch Area 4: Bottomfish season would open on the second Saturday in March and continue through the third Saturday in October; lingcod season would remain status quo (i.e., April 16 through October 15).

 

Deepwater Lingcod Closure

  • Marine Catch Area 1: Revise the current deepwater lingcod closure by moving the southern boundary northward five nautical miles. Specifically, fishing for, retention, or possession of lingcod is prohibited seaward of a line connecting the following coordinates: 47°70´ N. latitude, 124°45.00´ W. longitude (Queets River), to 47°38.17´ N. latitude, 124°30.00´ W. longitude, to 47°38.17´ N. latitude, 124°21.00´ W. longitude, to  46°33.00´N. latitude, 124°21.00´ W. longitude.

Oregon Recreational

The Council adopted preliminary preferred measures that are the same as in 2016, except

  • The kelp greenling minimum size limit (10 inches) would be removed
  • Coordinates would be published in regulation for expanding the Stonewall Bank Yelloweye Rockfish Conservation Area, if necessary (see http://tinyurl.com/jnjqtz7 in Table 4-59)

New Management Measures

California Recreational

The Council adopted the following preliminary preferred recreational RCA configuration and season structures. Compared to the 2016 season structure, the proposal for 2017-2018 would provide increased opportunities in almost all areas.  The California scorpionfish season is proposed to be the same as in 2016, which is closed from September to December.

 Bag Limits

The same limits as in 2016 were selected as the preliminary preferred measures, except for the following:

  • Black Rockfish – decrease the sub-bag limit from five fish to three fish statewide to keep projected mortality within allowable impacts
  • Bocaccio – eliminate the sub-bag limit and allow retention of up to 10 fish within the rockfish, cabezon, and greenling complex (RCG) bag limit to provide more opportunity for anglers and reduce discarding
  • Canary Rockfish – allow retention of one canary rockfish within the overall 10 fish RCG bag limit to reduce discards while preventing canary from becoming a target species
  • Lingcod – reduce the lingcod bag limit to two fish statewide in light of recreational harvest levels since 2013

New Management Measures (See http://tinyurl.com/gle923s)

  • New inseason process outside a Council meeting to control catch of black, canary, and yelloweye rockfishes in the California commercial and recreational fisheries (Section B.2.5)
  • Nine new overfished species hotspot closures (Section B.2.6)
  • Allow petrale sole and starry flounder to be retained, along with species in the Other Flatfish complex, at any depth during the seasonal depth closures (Section B.2.7)

New Management Measures to be Considered Outside the Biennial Specifications Process

The Council also forwarded two new management measures to be considered outside the biennial specifications process but implemented in 2017-2018. The Council is considering the following modifications to the within trawl Amendment 21 allocations for darkblotched and Pacific Ocean perch (POP) for 2017-2018.

2017-2018 Amendment 21 Allocations (mt) with Proposed Modifications in Parenthesis

Trawl Allocation Shorebased IFQ Catcher-Processor Mothership
Darkblotched – 2017 & 2018 439.6 416.7 (394.6) 13.5 (25) 9.5 (20)
POP – 2017 139.3 121.9 (104.3) 10.2 (20) 7.2 (15)
POP – 2018 144.0 126.6 (109.0) 10.2 (20) 7.2 (15)

Additionally, the Council is considering changing the catch control mechanism for darkblotched and POP from formal allocations to the at-sea sectors to set-asides. Set-asides are not formal allocations, but they are amounts which are not available to the other fisheries during the fishing year.  Set-asides are managed on an annual basis unless there is a risk of a harvest specification being exceeded, unforeseen impact on other fisheries, or conservation concerns, in which case inseason action may be taken. Set-asides may be adjusted through the biennial specifications and management measures process as necessary. The Council is scheduled to discuss these proposals at the June 2016 Council meeting, with final action scheduled for September 2016.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT APRIL 2016 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

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 Management Team to Conduct Webinar

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Monday, April 4, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the April 8-14, 2016 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Specific agenda topics include a briefing on the groundfish essential fish habitat and Rockfish Conservation Area amendment and the National Marine Fisheries Service report on widow rockfish divestiture and fixed gear sablefish rulemaking.  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 meeting.

Agenda

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: 137-048-875
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 930-5321 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  748-538-268;
  • 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 Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Webinar

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the March and April 2016 Council meetings. Specific agenda topics relevant to the March 2016 meeting include an update on the salmon Endangered Species Act consultation and changes to trawl catch share program gear regulations. The GMT will also receive a presentation from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center on the initial stock assessment planning materials, which will be presented and discussed at the April 2016 meeting. 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 March and April meetings.

Date and Time of Webinar

The GMT webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Agenda and Webinar 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: 137-048-875
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 930-5321 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  748-538-268;
  • 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 Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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CANCELLED: March 2, 2016 Webinar of the Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

The joint webinar meeting of the Council’s Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEMPAC) and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEMTAC), scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016, has been cancelled. A rescheduling of the meeting is currently being considered. The webinar has been cancelled because critical information and review materials are undergoing an internal review by the National Marine Fisheries Service and will not be available by March 2. The purpose of the meeting was to review and comment on draft regulations to implement the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring (EM) policies for the limited entry groundfish midwater trawl whiting fishery, and the limited entry fixed gear fishery fishing under the non-trawl shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) program.

The GEMPAC and GEMTAC is scheduled to meet in person on April 8, 2016, from 8am to 5pm, at the Council meeting in Vancouver, WA. At the April meeting, the Committees are scheduled to provide recommendations to the Council regarding the Council’s preferred alternatives for an EM program for the IFQ fixed gear fishery and the draft regulations for the whiting and fixed gear fisheries EM programs.

If you have additional questions regarding the cancelled webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 424.

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Request for nominations on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Washington Private Recreational seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.   The position is for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2018. Appointments will be made at the April 8-14, 2016 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, March 17, 2016.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage for further information, including instructions on how to submit nominations.

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Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees to Hold Webinars January 20 and March 2, 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

March 2, 2016 Webinar CANCELLED

The joint webinar meeting of the Council’s Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEMPAC) and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEMTAC), scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016, has been cancelled. A rescheduling of the meeting is currently being considered. The webinar has been cancelled because critical information and review materials are undergoing an internal review by the National Marine Fisheries Service and will not be available by March 2. The purpose of the meeting was to review and comment on draft regulations to implement the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring (EM) policies for the limited entry groundfish midwater trawl whiting fishery, and the limited entry fixed gear fishery fishing under the non-trawl shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) program.

The GEMPAC and GEMTAC is scheduled to meet in person on April 8, 2016, from 8am to 5pm, at the Council meeting in Vancouver, WA. At the April meeting, the Committees are scheduled to provide recommendations to the Council regarding the Council’s preferred alternatives for an EM program for the IFQ fixed gear fishery and the draft regulations for the whiting and fixed gear fisheries EM programs.

January 20, 2016 Webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy (GEMPAC) and Technical Advisory Committees (GEMTAC) will hold a work session via two webinars, which are open to the public. At the November 2015 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California, the Council and its advisory bodies provided guidance to the National Marine Fisheries Service and Council staff regarding the development of draft regulations that would implement the Council’s electronic monitoring policies. The Council recommended that the GEMPAC, GEMTAC, NMFS and Council staff meet via webinar to further develop the draft regulations for the limited entry groundfish midwater trawl whiting fishery, and the limited entry fixed gear fishery that fishes shorebased individual fishing quota program. The GEMPAC and GEMTAC will meet in-person at the April 2016 Council meeting in Vancouver Washington for final review and provide recommendations to the Council regarding the draft regulations.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEMPAC/GEMTAC for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. The meeting will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the GEMPAC and GEMTAC’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.

New! Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinars

The webinars will be held Wednesday, January 20 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed. The January 20 webinar will focus on review of draft regulations that incorporates guidance from the November Council meeting. A second webinar will be held on March 2 to continue review and development of the regulations. It’s possible that the March 2 webinar may not be needed if all business is completed on January 20.

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: 125-796-547
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (213) 929-4212  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  998-723-935;
  • 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 webinars, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 424.

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A Public Workshop to Review the 2015 Groundfish Stock Assessment Process is Scheduled for December 9-10, 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the NMFS Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers (NWFSC and SWFSC, respectively) will hold a public workshop to review and critique its groundfish stock assessment process in 2015. The Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop is open to the public.

December 9-10, 2015

The Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop will commence at 8:30 a.m. PT, Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and continue until 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day. The workshop will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. PT, Thursday, December 10, 2015 and continue until 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

Purpose

The purpose of the Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop is for participants in the Council’s 2015 stock assessment process to consider the procedures used in 2015 to assess and update groundfish stock abundance and develop recommendations for improving the process for future assessments and future assessment reviews. No management actions will be decided in this workshop. Any recommendations developed at the workshop will be submitted for consideration by the Council at its April meeting in Vancouver, WA.

Location

The Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop will be held at:

University of Washington
Room 203, Fishery Sciences Building (FSH)
1122 NE Boat Street
Seattle, WA  98105

Map to School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

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

For further information, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.

 

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT NOVEMBER 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Tuesday, November 10th, 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 Management Team (GMT) to Conduct a Webinar November 5, 2015

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the November 2015 Council meeting. Specific agenda topics include exempted fishing permits for 2017-2018, vessel movement monitoring, and inseason adjustments to groundfish fisheries (if time allows). 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 November 13-19, 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, California.

Date and Time of Webinar

The GMT webinar will commence at 9 a.m. PST, Thursday, November 5, 2015 and continue until 12 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

Agenda

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: 139-525-979
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (562) 247-8321  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  889-990-126 ;
  • 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 Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 426.

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