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September 2017 Council Meeting Fast Facts

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

The September 11-18, 2017 Council Meeting “Fast Facts” are available. Fast Facts are answers to FAQs that can help you get oriented for the upcoming meeting (transportation, internet code, hotel map).

If you have additional questions regarding the September 11-18, 2017 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting:

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NOAA is soliciting comments on HMS exempted fishing permit applications recommended by the PFMC

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

A Federal Register notice soliciting public comments on Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) applications recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council to NMFS published on August 28, 2017.

Comments will be accepted through September 27, 2017 via mail and via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Please visit https://www.federalregister.gov/d/2017-18146 for more information.

Also,​ please see ​NOAA Fisheries West Coast Region “Status of HMS Exempted Fishing Permits” webpage ​that contains​ archives all major documents and decisions regarding HMS EFP applications received by the Council and NOAA Fisheries http://bit.ly/2xKyyvu

If you have further questions, please contact:  Chris Fanning, NMFS, West Coast Region, 562-980-4198.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Meeting in La Jolla August 8-10

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Tuesday, August 8 to Thursday, August 10, 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.

The purpose of the HMSMT meeting is to respond to Council guidance from its June 2017 meeting on further development of a range of alternatives for authorizing a fishery using deep-set buoy gear.  The HMSMT will provide an updated range of alternatives at the Council’s September 2017 meeting.  The Council is scheduled to adopt the range of alternatives for public review.  The HMSMT may also discuss other HMS topics on the Council’s September agenda. These topics include final action on Amendment 4 to the HMS Fishery Management Plan, international management issues, review of exempted fishing permit proposals to use deep-set buoy gear, and swordfish management project planning. Although not on the September Council meeting agenda, the HMSMT may also discuss updates to the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document and HMS-related matters scheduled on future Council agendas.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Phone: (858) 546-7000
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT chair.

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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Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Next Deadline: August 15, 2017)

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Next Deadline: August 15, 2017)

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U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program; Public Meetings on Implementation (NOAA)

Monday, July 10th, 2017

NMFS will hold public meetings in the U.S. and abroad beginning July 2017. The intent of the meetings is to discuss implementation of the U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program. All meetings are free of charge
and open to the public.

West Coast meetings will be held on the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, July 13, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Hilton Long Beach
    701 West Ocean Boulevard
    Long Beach, CA 90831
    Telephone: (562) 983–3400
  • Tuesday, July 18, 2017, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    DoubleTree Suites by Hilton
    Seattle Airport—Southcenter
    16500 Southcenter Parkway
    Seattle, WA 98188
    Telephone: (206) 575–8220

For further information, please contact Celeste Leroux, NOAA, telephone: 202-816-0661; or see NOAA’s IUU fishing webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2017 Briefing Book

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

September 2017 Advance Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Tuesday, August 15, 2017, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the September meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comment materials received at the Council office after the August 15, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm (Pacific Time), Tuesday, September 5, 2017 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the September meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.  If your comments contain a PowerPoint presentation or video, please review the Council’s Protocol for Submitting Electronic Slide Presentation and Video Materials at the Meeting.

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June 2017 Briefing Book Available Online (with updated agenda)

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

Notice of Availability

The Briefing Book for the June 7-14, 2017 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “June 2017 Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains the meeting agenda, “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

Please note:  the date of Agenda Item G. Pacific Halibut Management and some agenda items for C. Administrative Matters have changed from previously published June 2017 Council meeting agenda versions.  See Agenda Item A.4, June 2017 Council Meeting Agenda for the  most recent agenda.

For further information:

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June 7-14, 2017 Council Meeting Agenda and Meeting Notice now available

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

The June 7-14, 2017 Meeting Notice and Agenda is now available online!

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Reminder! Exempted Fishing Permit Applications for Deep-Set Buoy Gear to Be Accepted at Future Council Meetings (Updated Deadline)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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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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