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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet April 18-20

Friday, February 17th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Tuesday, April 18 to Thursday, April 20, 2017, which is open to the public.  This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

Meeting Location

Martin Johnson House (T-29)
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
8840 Biological Grade
La Jolla, CA 92037
Driving Directions

Meeting Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: April 18-20, 2017 Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting

Meeting Purpose

Two main topics will be discussed at the HMSMT meeting.  The first is the development of a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear.  The Council directed the HMSMT to propose a range of alternatives for the Council to consider adopting for public review at its June 7-14 meeting in Spokane, Washington.  The second topic is the review of biological reference points for HMS stocks managed under the Council’s Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species.  These biological reference points, identified in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, include maximum sustainable yield, optimum yield, and status determination criteria.  The HMSMT will initially focus on identifying these reference points for Pacific bluefin tuna.  Other topics the HMSMT may discuss include updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

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 503-820-2411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the meeting, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

NOAA Fisheries is now accepting applications for the Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program. Pre-proposals are due February 10th, with full applications due March 31, 2017.

For further information please:

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Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar, Tuesday, January 31

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public.

Webinar Date and Purpose

The HMSAS webinar will be on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The HMSAS will be briefed on proposed changes to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP).  Changes are proposed in Chapters 1, 4, 6, and 8.  These changes are not intended to change the management framework described in the FMP or any related policies; rather, edits update descriptive information and improve the readability of the document.

Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 957-023-963
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  1. Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number)
  2. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 370-921-429
  3. Enter your audio phone PIN (shown after joining the webinar)

We encourage participants to use their telephone by selecting “Use Telephone” once you have joined the webinar.  If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). (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 (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Ms. Sandra Krause or contact her at 503-752-3732 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSAS 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 503-820-2411 at least ten days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; 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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NMFS extends public comment period for Protected Species Hard Caps for the California/Oregon Large-Mesh Drift Gillnet Fishery

Monday, November 28th, 2016

On October 13, 2016, NMFS published a proposed rule to establish protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery, with comments due by November 28, 2016. However, in response to a request to extend the public comment period, NMFS has decided to extend the public comment period by an additional 30 calendar days, see the Federal Register notice published November 23, 2016 .

The deadline for receipt of comments on the proposed rule published on October 13, 2016 (81 FR 70660) has been extended to December 28, 2016. NMFS must receive written comments and information on or before December 28, 2016.

 

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Notice of availability: Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

As published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2016, NMFS has completed a Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ.

Written comments on the draft EA should be submitted to:

Sustainable Fisheries Division
National Marine Fisheries Service
501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200
Long Beach, CA 90802

Comments may also be submitted by email to RegionalAdministrator.WCRHMS@noaa.gov.  NOAA is accepting public comments through 5:00 p.m. (PST), October 3, 2016.

The EA is available for review from the NMFS’ West Coast
Region Web site: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/nepa/HMS/longline_efp_draft-ea_hms_sept16.pdf.

For further information, please contact the following NMFS Staff:
Amber Rhodes (phone: 562–980–3231; email: Amber.Rhodes@noaa.gov) or Chris Fanning (phone: 562–980–4198; email: Chris.Fanning@noaa.gov), Long Beach, CA.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar, September 8, 2016, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council)  Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting by webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is concluded.

Webinar Purpose

The primary purpose of the webinar is for the HMSMT to work on reports for the September 12-20, 2016, Council meeting.  The HMSMT discussion of HMS items on the Council agenda are 1) Update on International Issues, 2) Exempted Fishing Permits, 3) Biennial Harvest Specifications and Management Measures, 4) Deep-Set Buoy Gear Exempted Fishing Permit Criteria to Advance Gear Authorization, and 5) Federal Drift Gillnet Permit Amendment.

Webinar 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: 157-057-235
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  832-921-033;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are required 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

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the HMSMT.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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 webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings

Friday, July 8th, 2016

At its June 2016 meeting, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) decided to accept applications for exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to test deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) for review at all future meetings that include highly migratory species (HMS) topics on the agenda. HMS topics are scheduled for the November 2016 Council meeting, the March 2017 Council meeting and the June 2017 Council meeting. This decision waives the regular schedule described in Council Operating Procedure 20 (COP 20), although the other provisions of this procedure will still apply.

For more information  please see the Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear webpage.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet August 8-11, 2016

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public.  The HMSMT will meet Monday, August 8 through Thursday August 11, 2016.  The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. on August 8 and at 8:30 a.m. on August 9-11.  On each day the meeting will end at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to draft reports for tasks assigned to the HMSMT by the Council that can be included in the advance briefing materials for the September Council meeting.

Meeting Material

Meeting Location

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon, 97220
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Meeting information

The Council assigned several tasks to the HMSMT for completion by the September 2016 Council meeting.  At this meeting the HMSMT plans to draft reports for these tasks that can be included in the advance briefing materials for the September Council meeting.

These tasks include:

  1. An update on international HMS management, including outcomes of the 80th Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission meeting;
  2. If available, reviewing exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications;
  3. Developing recommendations for updates to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) to correct errors, revise out of date descriptions, and clarify descriptive passages;
  4. Drafting a framework for reporting estimates of reference points for HMS FMP management unit species;
  5. Developing recommendations responding to the referral to the Council by National Marine Fisheries Service of requests for rulemaking contained in the agency’s response  to the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition for rulemaking to address the relative impacts of the U.S. fleet on the Pacific bluefin tuna stock (81 FR 39213);
  6. Identifying data gaps and research needs for deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) to inform future Council recommendations on issuance of EFPs to test this gear for the objectives of developing a Federal fishing permit system for DSBG and regulatory authorizing use of the gear;
  7. Identifying incentives for EFPs to test DSBG;
  8. Developing a range of alternatives for a Federal permit for the California large mesh driftnet fishery for swordfish and sharks; and
  9. Making recommendations on indicators to be included in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report delivered to the Council each March

The HMSMT may also discuss other matters related to HMS management besides the assignments enumerated above.

Additional Information

Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings.  Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document 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 intent to take final action to address the emergency.

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 meetings, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280 ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Reminder, HMSAS and HMSMT Webinar on Thursday, May 12

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

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