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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 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.

According to COP 20, completed applications for EFPs from individuals or non-government agencies must be received at least two weeks before each Council meeting. (State and Federal agencies must submit the application by the advanced briefing book deadline.)

Application Contents

EFP applications must contain sufficient information for the Council to determine: if an exemption to the regulations is justified; the potential impacts of the exempted activity; and that the exempted activity would be expected to provide information useful to the future authorization of a deep-set buoy gear fishery. At its September 2016 meeting, the Council discussed key data gaps and research needs with regard to deep-set buoy gear to inform future gear authorization alternatives and permit program conditions. Since the Council is particularly interested in proposals that address these data gaps, prospective EFP applicants may want to review relevant materials on the Council website (see Agenda Item J.4).

At this time, applications must contain the following information:

  1. Date of application;
  2. Applicant’s name, mailing address, and telephone number;
  3. A statement of the purpose and goals of the experiment for which an EFP is needed, including a general description of the arrangements for the disposition of all species harvested under the EFP;
  4. Justification for EFP issuance;
  5. A statement of whether the proposed experimental fishing has broader significance than the applicant’s individual goals;
  6. An expected total duration of the EFP (i.e., number of years proposed to conduct exempted fishing activities);
  7. Number of vessels covered under the EFP;
  8. A description of the species (target and incidental) to be harvested under the EFP and the amount(s) of such harvest necessary to conduct the experiment, including harvest estimates of overfished species and protected species;
  9. A description of a mechanism, such as at-sea fishery monitoring, to ensure that the harvest limits for targeted and incidental species are not exceeded and are accurately accounted for;
  10. A description of the proposed data collection and analysis methodology;
  11. A description of how vessels will be chosen to participate in the EFP;
  12. For each vessel covered by the EFP, the approximate time(s) and place(s) fishing will take place, and the type, size, and amount of gear to be used;
  13. The signature of the applicant(s);

The Council is expected to review a deep-set buoy gear EFP “application template” at its November 2016 meeting, intended to make it easier to complete an application. Once the application template is finalized it will be posted on this webpage.

Deadlines for Submitting Applications

  • September 2016 Council meeting: Monday, August 29, 2016
  • November 2016 Council meeting: Wednesday, November 2, 2016
  • March 2017 Council meeting: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
  • June 2017 Council meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Additional information

Applications may be submitted by mail, fax, or email:

Mailing address:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Attn: HMS EFP Application
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220

Fax:
Attn: HMS EFP Application (503) 820-2299

Email:
pfmc.comments@noaa.gov
Put “HMS EFP application” in the subject line

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with members of the Council’s Highly Migratory Management Team (HMSMT), Council staff, or National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) staff when preparing an application. The HMSMT roster lists contact information for its members. Dr. Kit Dahl is the point of contact for Council staff; phone: (503) 820-2422 (toll-free 1-866-806-7204). Mr. Chris Fanning is the point of contact at the NMFS West Coast Region; phone: (562) 980-4198.Region; phone:  (562) 980-4198.

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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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Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Joint Meeting by Webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) and Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a joint meeting by webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is concluded.

Webinar Purpose

The primary purpose of the webinar is to provide advice to Council-sponsored attendees to the Second North Pacific Albacore Management Strategy Evaluation Workshop sponsored by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean (ISC).  The workshop will be held May 24-25, 2016, in Yokohama, Japan.  In January 2016 the Secretariat of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) circulated a list of management objectives and related questions compiled by Dr. John Holmes, Chair of the ISC’s Albacore Working Group based on input from members of the WCPFC’s Northern Committee.  (See the Webinar Materials below for that document). The HMSAS and HMSMT will use this document as a reference for providing advice to the workshop attendees.

Webinar Materials

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: 109-140-403
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (213) 929-4212 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  300-135-098;
  • Then 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 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 chairs of the HMSAS and 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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Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar November 3, 2015

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) and Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public. The HMSMT and HMSAS will develop recommendations for the North Pacific albacore management strategy evaluation to be conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean. Recommendations may include management objectives, harvest control rules, biological reference points, and evaluation criteria. Recommendations will be forwarded to U.S. government representatives to the planned special meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Northern Committee to be held in December 2015.

The HMSAS Chair and the HMSMT Chair will act as co-chairs and comments from the public during the webinar will be received from attendees at their discretion.

Agenda and Meeting Materials

Date and Time of Webinar

The webinar will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2015, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Pacific Time, or until business for the day is completed.  Information on how to participate is below.

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: 135-307-211
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (631) 992-3221  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  199-048-743;
  • 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 Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 422.

 

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 13-15, 2015

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Wednesday, May 13 to Friday, May 15, 2015, which is open to the public. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. on each day. On Wednesday and Thursday the meeting will end at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded. On Friday the meeting will end at midday.

Meeting Location

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Meeting Agenda – New!

Meeting Topic

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review analyses and prepare a report to the Council on its Swordfish Fishery Management and Monitoring Plan. The Plan contains options for managing and monitoring the California large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery including high priority protected species hard caps, fishery performance objectives, and monitoring goals. If available, the HMSMT may review preliminary exempted fishing permit applications that would be submitted or resubmitted to the Council at its June meeting. The HMSMT will also review updates to the Highly Migratory Species Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) Report. The HMSMT may also plan reports for other HMS items on the Council’s June agenda, including international issues and the planned management strategy evaluation for North Pacific albacore tuna to be conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean.

Additional information

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 HMSMT meeting in LaJolla or the topics, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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