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Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers to Conduct a Webinar December 14, 2016

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities, which will be open to the public, on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Pacific time, or until business for the day is completed.  The primary purpose of the Area 2A Pacific halibut manager’s meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the January 23-27, 2017 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  Recommendations generated from the meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representative, Mr. Phil Anderson.  Attendees may also address other assignments relating to Pacific halibut management.  No management actions will be decided by the attendees.  The meeting will be open to the public, and the agenda, which will be available one week before the meeting, will provide for a public comment period.

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: 811-687-419
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (914) 614-3221 (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code 867-903-330; 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 503-820-2425 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 ten business 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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November 2016 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, November 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 16-21, 2016 in Garden Grove, California. The November 2016 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document contains the highlights of significant decisions made at that meeting. Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.

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PRELIMINARY DRAFT NOVEMBER 2016 DRAFT MOTIONS IN WRITING

Wednesday, November 16th, 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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Productivity Workshop to be Held December 6-8, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

December 6-8, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to model productivity in groundfish and coastal pelagic species stock assessments.  The workshop is open to the public.

The Productivity Workshop will be held beginning at 9 a.m., Tuesday, December 6, 2016.  The meeting will continue on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 through Thursday, December 8, 2016 beginning at 9 a.m. each day.  The meetings will end at 5 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Agenda

Meeting Materials

Abstracts

Background

Presentations

If you have questions about the workshop materials, please contact Mr. John DeVore, John.DeVore@noaa.gov; 503-820-2280.

Webinar Option

The Workshop Will Be Broadcast via Webinar, please join the meeting by:

You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this toll free number 1-877-953-3912; then enter the attendee passcode 2523402. Audio portion is a third party conference line, courtesy of AFSC.

Purpose

The purpose of the Productivity Workshop is to review proposed methods for modeling productivity in stock assessments for groundfish and coastal pelagic species.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.  The workshop participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s advisory bodies at its November 2016 meeting in Garden Grove, California and its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The Productivity Workshop will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room 2076
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, or 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.

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 503-820-2425 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the workshop, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Webinar Monday, November 7, 2016

Friday, October 14th, 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, November 7, 2016 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare and develop recommendations for the November 13-21, 2016 Pacific Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.  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.

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: 917-479-603
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0052 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  764-818-012;
  • 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.

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 ten business 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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The Trawl Catch Share Review Community Advisory Board (CAB) to Hold a Meeting November 2-3, 2016 in Seattle, Washington

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB) will hold a two-day meeting, that is open to the public.  The CAB meeting will begin Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 8 a.m. and recess when business for the day is completed.  It will continue at 8 a.m. Thursday, November 3, adjourning when business for the day is completed.

Meeting Materials

The main focus of the CAB meeting will be to review the annotated outline (blueprint) for the five-year catch share review.  A version similar to the draft posted for CAB review will be included in the briefing materials for the Council’s November 2016 meeting.

Purpose

The primary purpose of the CAB meeting is to develop recommendations for the Pacific Council pertaining to plans for its five-year review of the groundfish trawl catch share program (implemented pursuant to Amendment 20 of its groundfish fishery management plan).  The CAB’s immediate task is to comment on the detailed outline (blueprint) for the review document.  The CAB may also begin some initial work on the identification of issues that may be taken up as follow-on regulatory actions pursuant to the results of the review.  Additionally, the CAB will receive a presentation from National Marine Fisheries Service Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Economic Data Collection Program on data collected from catch share program participants.  The CAB’s recommendations on the review will be conveyed for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will provide guidance to analysts that will be drafting the review.

The CAB is an ad hoc committee appointed by the Council at its September 2016 meeting.  The CAB is charged with providing the perspective of fishing communities on performance of the trawl catch share program, potential improvements, and other advice requested by the Council that may inform the program review.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
Grand Ballroom
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
206-634-2000
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 ten business days prior to the meeting date.

Additional Information

For further information about the meeting, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

 

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Notice of availability: Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan

Friday, September 30th, 2016

As published in the Federal Register on September 30, 2016, NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan for Secretarial review.

Background information and documents are available at the NMFS West Coast Region website or on our Amendment 27 webpage.

Instructions for submitting comments on the FMP Amendment are provided in the September 30, 2016 Federal Register notice. Comments on the FMP Amendment must be received on or before November 29, 2016.

For further information, please contact: Ms. Gretchen Hanshew, phone: 206–526–6147, fax: 206–526–6736, or email: Gretchen.Hanshew@noaa.gov.

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Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop to be Held

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to reconstruct historical groundfish catches off Washington, Oregon, and California.  The workshop is open to the public.

The purpose of the Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop is to review proposed methods for reconstructing the historical catches of groundfish off Washington, Oregon, and California. Data stewards and others who are familiar with catch accounting systems will participate in the workshop.  Recommended methods for reconstructing historical groundfish catches will be made available for use in groundfish stock assessments in 2017 and beyond.  No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.  The workshop participants’ role will be development of recommendations and a report for consideration by the Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s advisory bodies at its November 2016 meeting in Garden Grove, California and its March 2017 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Workshop Dates

The Historical Catch Reconstruction Workshop will be held beginning at 1 p.m., Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  The meeting will continue on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 through Thursday, November 3, 2016 beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day.  The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Workshop Location

This workshop will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport
Garden A-B Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
Driving Directions

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 503-820-2280, at least ten business 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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NOAA Fisheries Announces a Proposed Rule to Implement Electronic Monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

NMFS is accepting public comments on the proposed rule to implement electronic monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery until October 6, 2016. See the proposed rule (link below) for instructions on how to submit comments.

Downloads and Links

Copies of the regulatory amendment and draft analysis prepared by the Council are available from:

Mr. Chuck Tracy, Executive Director
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220–1384

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New! Handout materials available for the upcoming public hearings on the “Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program”

Friday, August 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is undertaking a review of its:

  • trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish fishery management plan [FMP]), and
  • intersector allocations (including Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).

Both the catch share program and intersector allocations went into place at the start of 2011 and review is required five years after implementation.

New! Hearing handout materials have been added on the Council’s “Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program” webpage.

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