Groundfish blog

Trawl Rationalization Program: Cost Recovery Starts January 10, 2014

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

At its September 2011 meeting, the Council adopted a cost recovery program structure. Download the complete description of the Council’s recommendations on Cost Recovery.  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule on cost recovery on February 1, 2013 and a final rule on December 11, 2013, to be effective January 10, 2014.

You may also download the NMFS West Coast Region, December 11, 2013 Public Notice for further information, including information regarding a “How To” online workshop that will be held January 7, 2014.

Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Two Conference Calls

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene two conference calls of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC). The first conference call will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  The second conference call will be held Tuesday February 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The primary purpose of the conference calls is to discuss and finalize the Phase 2 Report, which summarizes the status of the essential fish habitat periodic review, describes the proposals that were received, and makes recommendations to the Council for further action.  The Phase 2 Report is scheduled to be considered by the Council at its March, 2014 meeting.

A listening station will be made available at the Council offices:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
503-820-2280
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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the EFHRC work session, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

New trawl rationalization program regulations published: NMFS compliance guide available, workshop scheduled for December 11, 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces publication of the Compliance Guide for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program, Program Improvement and Enhancement Rule (PIE 2).

Hard copies of this compliance guide will be mailed to:

  • All limited entry permit owners (including Mothership endorsed, Mothership/ Catcher Vessel endorsed, and Catcher/ Processor endorsed),
  • All vessel owners with a vessel currently registered to a limited entry permit,
  • All quota share permit owners,
  • All vessel account owners, and
  • All first receivers with a current first receiver site license.

Additionally, the compliance guide is now available online here:
http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/pie_2_compliance_guide.pdf

NMFS also announces a PIE 2 “goto meeting” workshop, which will be held December 11, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm PST. This workshop will be comprised of a conference call-in line and an online presentation. The presentation will consist of an online QS trading tutorial, and a presentation regarding the other regulatory changes implemented by PIE 2. This will be followed by a question and answer session. Attendance is limited, and will be managed on a “first come, first served” basis. If there is sufficient demand, additional workshops will be scheduled.

If you would like to attend the PIE 2 workshop, please RSVP to Ariel Jacobs, (206) 526-4491, ariel.jacobs@noaa.gov.

Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee to Meet Via Webinar on December 11, 2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold an online webinar in preparation for the SSC’s March 2014 meeting.  The online SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is open to the public.

The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar will commence at 1 p.m. PST, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and continue until 4 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is to review a final draft of the 2013 cowcod rebuilding analysis, data-poor overfishing limit estimates for kelp greenling and the Washington stock of cabezon, and other business in preparation for the SSC’s March 2014 meeting.  Any recommendations developed at the webinar will be submitted for consideration by the Council’s SSC at its March 2014 meeting in Sacramento, California.

To Attend the Webinar

This webinar is held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 661-616-231
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers. If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1720 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 754-659-346.

Technical Information and User Guide

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)

User Guide

You may also send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee 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 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date. If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280 ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Groundfish Inseason Actions from November 2013 Meeting

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Council considered sablefish projections for 2014 and adopted the following landing limits:

  1. Establish sablefish trip limits for limited entry fixed-gear north of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “950 lb/week, not to exceed 2,850 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
  2. Establish sablefish trip limits for open access fixed-gear north of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 800 lb, not to exceed 1,600 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
  3. Establish sablefish trip limits for limited entry fixed-gear south of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “2,000 lb/week” for Periods 1 through 6.
  4. Establish sablefish trip limits for open access fixed-gear south of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 1,600 lb, not to exceed 3,200 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.

Groundfish Tier 1 EIS Ecosystem Workshop

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

The Groundfish Tier 1 EIS Ecosystem Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, October 30, 2013 starting at 8 am, in conjunction with the Council’s November 2013 meeting.  The SSC Ecosystem Subcommittee will meet with researchers from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division and Southwest Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Ecology Division. The meeting is open to the public and representatives from the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) and Groundfish Management Team (GMT) have been invited to attend.

Workshop materials may be found on the November Briefing Book webpage, Agenda Item H.6: Biennial Specifications for 2015-2016 Groundfish Fisheries.

Public Comments Sought on Possible Changes for the Trawl Fixed Gear Permit Stacking Program

Monday, September 30th, 2013

For its upcoming November meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) is asking the public to identify any and all potential changes that may be desirable for the limited entry fixed gear permit stacking program. Please see the public notice, NMFS-SEA-1318, dated September 30, 2013.

The Pacific Council has initiated a review of this program and as part of the review will be reconsidering the means by which control is determined for the purpose of applying the three permit limit on the maximum number of permits controlled.  At its November meeting, the Pacific Council will decide whether to add other potential changes to the review or to consider other changes during a second phase of the process.  If only minor additional changes are identified, they might be wrapped into the actions taken through the review process, and there would be no second phase.  If more significant changes are identified, a second phase may be scheduled.

Comments on potential changes to the fixed gear permit stacking program should be provided by midnight (11:59 p.m.) October 9 to be included in the briefing book materials provided in advance of the November Council meeting and by midnight (11:59 p.m.) October 21 to be included in the supplemental materials provided at the meeting. Comments may be sent via email: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov; or see our contact information for addresses.

Two NMFS-funded opportunities available for west coast longline fishermen to address seabird bycatch in groundfish fisheries

Monday, September 30th, 2013

On September 30, 2013, National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) sent out a public notice that describes two NMFS-funded opportunities for west coast longline fishermen to address seabird bycatch in groundfish fisheries. View the Public Notice, NMFS-SEA-13-17.

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Committees Meeting October 15-16, 2013

Friday, September 20th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a work session for the Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEM Committees), which is open to the public. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss and develop potential alternatives for electronic monitoring (EM) for vessels participating in the West Coast groundfish trawl rationalization program for consideration by the Pacific Council and to develop other recommendations as needed to further the Pacific Council process for considering EM. The meeting will include review of current and developing EM programs for other fisheries, and EM reports to guide discussions and the development of alternatives. A meeting report, including the potential alternatives, will be prepared by Pacific Council staff for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 2013 meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The meeting will be held October 15, 2013, from 9 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for that day has been completed, and on October 16, from 8 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for that day has been completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Watertown Hotel Seattle
Wallingford and Fremont Rooms
4342 Roosevelt Way NE
Weattle, WA 98105
Telephone: 206-826-4242

Driving Directions

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280, ext. 424 or Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2280, ext. 416; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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 five days prior to the meeting date.

Groundfish Inseason Actions from September 2013 Meeting

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The Council considered the most recent information on the status of ongoing fisheries and recommended the following trip limit increases:

  1. Limited entry fixed gear fishery north of 36° N. latitude: increase the sablefish trip limits from 1,110 lbs/week, not to exceed 3,300 lbs/2 months to 1,850 lbs/week not to exceed 5,500 lbs/2 months for Period 6.
  2. Open access fixed gear fishery north of 36° N. latitude: increase the sablefish trip limits from 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 800 lbs, not to exceed 1,600 lbs/2 months to 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,200 lbs, not to exceed 2,400 lbs/2 months for Period 6.
  3. Open access fixed gear fishery south of 36° N. latitude: increase the sablefish trip limits from 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,460 lbs, not to exceed 2,920 lbs/2 months to 380 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,800 lbs, not to exceed 3,800 lbs/2 months for Period 6.
  4. Limited entry fixed gear and open access fishery south of 40°10′ N. latitude: increase the deeper nearshore rockfish trip limits from 900 lb/2 months to 1,000 lb/2 months for Period 6.