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Groundfish Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 12 p.m. The primary purpose of the webinar is to discuss and develop statements for the Council’s March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, Washington on two agenda items: 1) Recommendations for incidental halibut retention allowances in the sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis, Washington – this topic will only be discussed if the Area 2A Pacific halibut Total Allowable Catch is high enough to provide such opportunities; and 2) Ecosystem Plan Initiatives -the Council will prioritize a list of fishery ecosystem plan initiatives and provide direction for additional consideration of the highest priority issue(s). Other pertinent items that are on the Council’s agenda for the March meeting may be addressed if time allows.

New! 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: 101-963-979
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

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 your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-702-489-0004 (not a toll-free number), then enter your phone audio access code 502-039-210, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GAP chair.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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 webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Groundfish Management Team to Hold a Work Session

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a weeklong work session that is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, February 6 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda

The primary purpose of the GMT meeting is to prepare for the 2015 Council meetings, including the upcoming harvest specifications and management measures cycle for 2017-2018.  Specific agenda topics include a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; methodologies for estimating groundfish mortality and economic impacts for the 2017-2018 analysis; ecosystem management initiatives; analysis of rebuilding revision rules; and further consideration for flexible management of annual catch limit set-asides.  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 Council at its meetings in 2015.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
College Room
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
206-634-2000
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 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar to review new methodologies proposed for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments. The online SSC webinar is open to the public.

The SSC webinar will commence at 1 p.m. PT, Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and continue until 3 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

A public listening station will be available at the Pacific Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Purpose of the Meeting and NEW! Meeting Materials

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to review recommendations of the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee regarding new methodologies proposed to inform 2015 groundfish stock assessments. No management actions will be decided in this webinar. Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC chair.

Webinar Information

To attend the SSC webinar, please join online at: http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar and enter the webinar ID: 156-698-723, as well as your name and email address.

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). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers. If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-415-655-0059 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 892-406-076; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you experience technical difficulties and would like assistance, please contact Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425.

If you have additional questions

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

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

We have posted an agenda for the GMT’s June 10, 2014 webinar

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Groundfish Management Team June 10, 2014 webinar. (more…)

Groundfish Management Team to Meet Via Webinar

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold an online webinar on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., or when business for the day is completed. The webinar is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of preparing for the June Council meeting, including specific focus on electronic monitoring regulatory development and exempted fishing permits.

New! Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 936-920-471
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

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). It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers.

If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1722 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 694-418-350; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

User Guide

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 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.

Public listening station

  A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GMT chair.

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 webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Policy Advisory Committee to Meet

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Trawl 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, May 7 and 8 in Seattle, Washington. The GEM Committees will discuss development of an impact analysis for the Pacific Council’s adopted alternatives for a potential electronic monitoring program currently being developed for the Pacific Coast Groundfish limited Entry Trawl Fishery, and any other results from the April Pacific Council meeting.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEM Committees 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 GEM Committees’ intent to take final action to address the emergency.

The work session will be held May 7 and 8, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed.

The meeting will be held in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

DoubleTree by Hilton Seattle Airport
Olympic 2 Room
18740 International Blvd.
Seattle, WA, 97188
Telephone: 206-246-8600

Driving Directions

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

Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2014 Briefing Book

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, March 19, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the April meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after March 19, but BY 11:59 pm, March 30 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the April meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, February 16, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after February 16 but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group (SRG) will meet on February 18 – 21, 2014 at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

Meeting Dates:

February 18-21, 2014

Meeting Location:

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-826-4242

If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, Whiting Treaty Coordinator at 206-526-4644.

NMFS Calls for Nominations to the Advisory Panel for Pacific Whiting Agreement with Canada

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting nominations for the United States Advisory Panel (AP) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting. Nominations are being sought to fill one vacancy on the AP for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring on January 22, 2016. The appointee will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the term. Nominations must be received by February 28, 2014.

The Public Notice may be found on the following West Coast Groundfish web page: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/nmfs-sea-14-01.pdf

If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, Whiting Treaty Coordinator at 206-526-4644.