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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.

Public Comment Deadlines for the November 2013 Briefing Book

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

November 2013 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, October 9, 2013, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after October 9 but BY 11:59 pm, October 21 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Groundfish Management Team to Meet from September 30 to October 4, 2013

Friday, September 6th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a work session which is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, September 30, 2013 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, October 1 through Friday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to develop recommendations for 2015-2016 groundfish harvest specifications and management measures, long-term impact analysis, and Amendment 24. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its November meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The GMT work session will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413 or Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280, ext. 426; 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.

Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS, 2015-2016 Groundfish Specifications

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

On August 22, 2013, NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the long-term impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment of setting harvest specifications (including Overfishing Limits (OFLs), Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs), and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)) and management measures, and implementing harvest specifications and management measures in Federal regulations for 2015 and 2016, pursuant to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. See the following Federal Register Notice of Intent: NMFS and the Pacific Council Announce Their Intent to Prepare an EIS for the 2015-2016 Groundfish Specifications (Published August 22, 2013).

NMFS will be accepting written, faxed or emailed comments; and they must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight time on September 23, 2013. Please see the FR Notice for Specific Instructions on How To Comment.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Fishery Management Council, phone: 503–820–2280, fax: 503–820–2299 and email: Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov; or Ms. Sarah Biegel, NMFS Northwest Region NEPA; email: Sarah.T.Biegel@noaa.gov.

Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Meeting

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) on Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5, 2013. The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is complete. The primary purpose of the meeting is to initiate plans for completing the periodic review of groundfish EFH. This will include reviewing the proposals to modify EFH, producing an informational report for the September Pacific Council meeting that summarizes the number and content of proposals, and discussing the Phase 2 Report and recommendations that will be delivered to the Council at the November meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409 or 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.

Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2013 Briefing Book

Friday, August 9th, 2013

September 2013 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, August 21, 2013, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after August 21 but BY 11:59 pm, September 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Groundfish EFH Proposals Available

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

On May 2, 2013, the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) put out a “Request for Proposals to Modify Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat”. Those proposals were due on July 31, 2013. The Council received eight proposals which are available from the Council’s FTP site: ftp://ftp.pcouncil.org/pub/EFH_Proposals_2013/.

The Council’s EFHRC will conduct an evaluation of the efh proposals, and may develop its own proposal, if warranted. The EFHRC will develop recommendations to be considered by the Council at the appropriate meeting. At that point, the EFH review process will be concluded and the Council will decide whether sufficient new information exists to pursue modifying groundfish EFH, through an FMP amendment or other appropriate process.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin, Pacific Fishery Management Council at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Research and Data Needs Document available

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Council has completed its 2013 Research and Data Needs document which has been revised in response to comments since September 2012. Please see the Council’s Research and Data Needs webpage to download the document.

Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Workgroup And Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a work session for the Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Workgroup and Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring 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 catch share program for consideration by the Pacific Council and to develop other recommendations as needed to further the Pacific Council process for considering EM. The GEM Committees were established by the Pacific Council at the June 2013 meeting in Garden Grove, California. No management actions will be decided at this meeting. The meeting will include review of the 2013 Trawl Catch Share Program EM Workshop Report and other reports to guide discussions. A meeting report will be prepared by Pacific Council staff for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September 2013 meeting in Boise, Idaho.

The meeting will be held August 20 and 21, 2013, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed.

The meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon at the following location:

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Salon A Room
8439 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-256-5000

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.