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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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The Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Friday, October 16th, 2015

November 9, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar. The online SSC webinar is open to the public.

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to review a revised west coast limited entry trawl individual fishing quota (IFQ) projection model developed by the Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team (GMT). The specific objectives of the SSC webinar are to review revisions to the GMT’s west coast limited entry trawl IFQ projection model to ensure the changes recommended by the SSC’s Groundfish and Economics Subcommittees in June were implemented and the model behaves as expected. During the webinar, the SSC will consider endorsing the GMT’s IFQ model to inform management decisions. No management actions will be decided in this webinar.

Date and Time of Webinar

The SSC webinar will commence at noon PST, Monday, November 9, 2015 and continue until 2 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

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: 148-230-579
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (914) 614-3221  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  117-723-807 ;
  • 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 Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 413.

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Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated. The Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has information on:

  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation Pending
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation on Hold
  • Council Deliberations In Progress
  • Longer Term Planning
  • Issues for Future Scoping
  • Other Issues Affecting the Trawl Fishery
  • Completed Trailing Actions
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PRELIMINARY DRAFT SEPTEMBER 2015 COUNCIL MEETING MOTIONS IN WRITING

Friday, September 11th, 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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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee Meeting Scheduled

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

September 28, 2015 through October 2, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold a work session to review stock assessments for black rockfish off Oregon, new harvest specification projections for arrowtooth flounder, an updated rebuilding analysis for yelloweye rockfish, and a new proposed methodology for determining big skate harvest specifications. This meeting is open to the public.

The SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, September 28, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Thursday, October 1, 2015. The meeting may continue on Friday, October 2 at 8:30 a.m. if needed to complete the subcommittee’s business. The meeting will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Purpose of the Meeting

The purpose of the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to review draft 2015 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for new full stock assessment of black rockfish off Oregon, work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions, and produce a report for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for fisheries in 2017 and beyond. Additionally, the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will review an updated yelloweye rockfish rebuilding analysis, review new overfishing limit (OFL) projections for arrowtooth flounder, and review new methodology for determining a big skate OFL. No management actions will be decided by the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee. The subcommittee’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the SSC and the Pacific Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.

Meeting Location

The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will meet in Seattle, Washington at the following location:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room 2076 (September 28-October 1)
Building 4, Observer Training Room 1055 (October 2, if needed)
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.,
Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000
Driving Directions

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, and New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State-issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

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 Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility. Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 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 five 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 Conduct a Work Session

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long (October 5-9, 2015) work session that is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, October 5 at 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, October 6 through Friday, October 9 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

New! Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 13-19, 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, California. Specific agenda topics include the development of the 2017-2018 harvest specifications and management measures including stock assessments and rebuilding analyses. The GMT may also address other groundfish agenda items scheduled for the November Council meeting. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair. A detailed agenda will be available on this webpage the week of September 21.

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 five 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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