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Three Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled – Updated

Thursday, March 2nd, 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.

The STAR panel meetings will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely.  See the “Webinar Option” information below for instructions.

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 Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: STAR Panel #1 for Lingcod and Pacific Ocean Perch (June 26-June 30, 2017)

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

Listen-Only Webinar Option

The following login instructions will work for all three STAR panel meetings this summer.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 782-299-523
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial the TOLL number that will be provided to you after the webinar is launched,
  • Then enter the Attendee phone audio access code  432-847-759;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

NOTES: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate.    The GotoMeeting broadcast is not a substitute for attending the STAR panel meetings in person.  You will not be able to communicate with others or offer public comment using the webinar connection.  We strive to make this service fully available, but due to unforeseen technical issues (internet/power outages, GoToMeeting service issues, etc.), this service may not be available during portions of the STAR panel meetings.

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, May 18, and June 1

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold four 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.; Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 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 and Materials 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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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee to Hold Webinar Thursday, February 9

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Economics Subcommittee (Economics Subcommittee) will hold a webinar on Thursday, February 9, 2017, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 9 a.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) and is expected to end at 5 p.m. or when business for the day is complete. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss a methodology for examining socioeconomic impacts of the Council’s policies for the modification of essential fish habitat designations and rockfish conservation areas under Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.  Part of the overall project analysis will focus on the potential socioeconomic impacts of these spatial management changes on harvesters and fishing communities.

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: 480-960-155
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 943-128-623
  3. 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

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 Sandra or contact her at 503-752-3732, 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date. If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280 ext. 424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup to Hold Meeting, February 15-16, 2017 in Seattle

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting on Wednesday, February 15 through Thursday, February 16, 2017. The meeting will begin at 9:00 a.m. each day and continue each day until business is concluded.  Members of the public can participate: in person; via teleconference; and/or through “Go To Meeting.”  Those details are provided below.

Meeting 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

Members of the public who wish to attend the meeting in person must contact Mr. Kevin Duffy (kevin.duffy@noaa.gov, 206-526-4743) at least one week prior to the meeting to arrange entrance to this NOAA facility.

Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Endangered Species Act Workgroup meeting February 15-16, 2017

To Participate via Teleconference:

Please note the teleconference line for this meeting includes a different phone and participant pass code for each day.

For Wednesday, February 15:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-790-6085
  3. Participant Passcode:  1730793#

For Thursday, February 16:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Phone Number: 1-888-283-0166
  3. Participant Passcode:  443259#

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the ESW 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204 Ext. 422.

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Community Advisory Board to Hold Webinar February 7, 2017

Friday, January 13th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) trawl catch share five-year review Community Advisory Board (CAB), will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.  The CAB webinar will be on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The CAB will review the Council actions from the November 2016 Council meeting, continue preliminary discussions of actions that might follow-on from the five year review of the trawl catch share program, and make plans for its May/June 2017 meeting.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 363-170-539
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 981-429-294
  3. 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 (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-820-2419 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 CAB 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting to be Held January 25-26

Friday, December 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a meeting to review methods proposed to be used in groundfish stock assessments.  The meeting is open to the public.

The purpose of the Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting is to review proposed methods for groundfish stock assessment.  The specific methodologies to be reviewed are: 1) use of the Dirichlet multinomial likelihood for compositional data; 2) application of the Generalized Linear Mixed Model (GLMM) with spatial autocorrelation to survey data; 3) application of the GLMM with spatial autocorrelation to fishery CPUE data; 4) a revised set of priors for natural mortality; 5) a revised prior for steepness; and 6) new features in the revised Stock Synthesis software.  Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the chair.  No management actions will be decided by the meeting participants.  The meeting participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee at its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will commence at 8:30 a.m. PST, Wednesday, January 25, 2017 and continue until 5 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.  The meeting will reconvene at a different location on Thursday, January 26, 2017 starting at 8:30 a.m. PST and continue as necessary to complete business for the day.

Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Groundfish Assessment Methods Review Pacific Fishery Management Council Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee, January 25-26, 2017

Meeting Locations

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will be held at the following location on January 25:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, Washington 98112
Telephone: 206-860-3200
Driving Directions

The Groundfish Assessment Methodology Review Meeting will be held at the following location on January 26:

Seattle Yacht Club (next door to the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center)
Heritage Room
1807 E Hamlin St.
Seattle, Washington 98112
206-325-1000
Driving Directions

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 Northwest Fisheries Science Center facility.  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.

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 ten 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 Hold a Work Session January 9-13

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.   The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 9, 2017 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, January 10 through Friday, January 13 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the 2017 Council meetings, including the development of harvest specifications and management measures for 2019-2020.  Specific agenda topics include revisions to the nearshore and non-nearshore projection models; review of the sablefish and lingcod discard mortality rates; and review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data.  A detailed agenda will be available on the 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.

Agenda (Revised 01/11/17)

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 ten 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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