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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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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a one-day work session that is open to the public.  The GMT meeting will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT work session is to discuss with the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program refinements to groundfish projection models for use in management.  The GMT’s task will be to identify which models need improvements, outline the improvements necessary, and develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will determine which models are ready for review and recommend a review schedule.  A detailed description on the process for revising and approving models is outlined in Council Operating Procedure 25.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building, Room 682
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-902-2200
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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Council Initiates Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program with Public Hearings to be Held August 31 through September 29

Friday, July 29th, 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.  Additional information (including hearing handout materials) is available from the Council website on the groundfish webpage (Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program).

Coastal community hearings on the catch share program and intersector allocations will be held starting on August 31 and continuing through September 29.  The time for each person commenting may be limited depending on the number of people commenting.  For these hearings, general questions will be posed, such as:

  • How have you been impacted by the trawl catch share program and the intersector allocations?
  • What effects should the reviews of the catch share program and intersector allocation focus on?

Public Comment Opportunities

Comment from the hearings will be summarized and reported to the Council at its November, 2016 meeting.  The Council will use this input as it finalizes the plans for the content and areas of particular focus for the review.

All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Date (Start Time 7:00 PM) Hearing Location Address and Contact Information
Weds – Aug 31 San Luis Obispo Marriott Courtyard
San Luis Obispo Room
1605 Calle Joaquin Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: 805-786-4200
Thurs – Sept 1 Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay Lodge
Club Room
2400 Cabrillo Hwy. South
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-726-9000
Tues – Sept 6 Fort Bragg City of Fort Bragg
Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-961-2823
Weds – Sept 7 Eureka Red Lion Eureka
Evergreen Room
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: 707-445-0844
Thurs – Sept 8 Coos Bay Red Lion Coos Bay
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-267-4141
Mon – Sept 12 Westport Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 West Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
Phone: 360-268-9101
Tues – Sept 13 Seattle Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Diamond Room
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-621-9000
Weds – Sept 28 Astoria Comfort Inn and Suites
Meeting Room
3420 Leif Erickson Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2000
Thurs – Sept 29 Newport Agate Beach Inn
Jasper Room
3019 N. Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-9411

Additional information

The five-year review webpage with details (background materials and hearing handouts:  Groundfish Trawl Five-Year Review

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 hearings, or the five-year review process, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Request for Nominations: Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board for the Five-Year Review of the Trawl Catch Share Program (Individual Fishing Quotas and At-Sea Co-Ops)

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to serve on an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB). 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. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than August 18, 2016.

Please see the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancy webpage for full details.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a webinar to approve new overfishing limit (OFL) estimates for Pacific ocean perch and to discuss plans for two upcoming workshops.  The webinar is open to the public.

The purpose of the SSC webinar is to approve new OFL estimates for Pacific ocean perch for use in establishing 2017-2018 specifications and management measures, and to discuss plans for two upcoming workshops (historical catch reconstruction and stock productivity).

Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinar

The SSC webinar will commence at 2 p.m. PST, Tuesday, August 2, 2016 and continue until 4 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: 120-344-715
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number 1 (562) 247-8321 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 348-717-205
  • 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 or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.

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“The Line” May 2016

Thursday, May 19th, 2016

The Line, Volume 5, No. 1, May 2016 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the March and April 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, May 2016, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Spring 2016 Newsletter available online

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

The Spring 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, Spring 2016, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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