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
- Join the meeting by visiting this link:
- Enter the Webinar ID: 125-796-547
- 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
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.