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Reminder notice and agenda available for the HMSMT July 29, 2014 webinar

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

This is a reminder notice that the Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. An agenda is now available for that webinar. (more…)

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Tuesday, August 12 to Thursday, August 14, 2014, 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 meeting will be held at three locations as follows:

Tuesday, August 12

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

Wednesday, August 13

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

Thursday, August 14

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

The HMSMT will discuss the development of alternatives and analyses for issues to be addressed as part of the HMS biennial harvest specifications and management measures process.  The Council identified six topics to potentially address through the biennial process (see the June 2014 Decision Summary Document for a complete list).  The Council assigned highest priority to reducing recreational catch of Pacific bluefin tuna and identifying take caps (“hard caps”) for selected protected species (marine mammals and sea turtles) for the California drift gillnet fishery.  The HMSMT will also discuss the exempted fishing permit (EFP) review process, which is scheduled for the September and November Council meetings. EFP proposals have been solicited with a deadline of August 15.  Finally, the HMSMT will discuss completion of the 2014 HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.  The HMSMT will report on their work at the September 12-17, 2014 Council meeting in Spokane, Washington.

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.

For further information about the work session, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Solicitation Notice for EFPs for Swordfish and other highly migratory species

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch. Download the full solicitation letter that describes the purpose, process, and evaluation critieria.

The Council announces a deadline of 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time, August 17, 2014, to submit EFP proposals to the Council office, addressed as follows:

By mail:
Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director
Attn: HMS EFP Proposal
Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Pl. Suite, 101
Portland, OR 97220

By fax: 503-820-2299

By email: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov or Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov

On envelope, fax cover sheet, or email subject line, please enter “Attn: HMS EFP Proposal.” In the event an EFP proposal does not meet the above deadline, it does not necessarily mean the Council will not consider the proposal; however, lack of inclusion in the advance Briefing Book for the September Council meeting may mean no advisory review and dramatically reduced chance of the Council advancing the proposal to the next step.

Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov or telephone: 503-820-2422.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, July 29, which is open to the public.  This webinar will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete. The HMSMT will discuss the development of alternatives and analyses for issues to be addressed as part of the HMS biennial harvest specifications and management measures process.  Of the issues identified at the June Council meeting, the Council assigned highest priority to reducing recreational catch of Pacific bluefin tuna and identifying take caps (“hard caps”) for selected protected species (marine mammals and sea turtles) for the California drift gillnet fishery.  The HMSMT may also discuss exempted fishing permit review and monitoring requirements for proposed management measures.  The HMSMT will report on their work at the September 12-17, 2014, Council meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 493-503-175
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). 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 1-480-297-0021 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 861-856-225; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

Technical Information

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 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 received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT 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 503-820-2425 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.

Reminder notice and agenda available for the HMSMT June 16, 2014 webinar

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

This is a reminder notice that the Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will be holding a webinar on June 16, 2014. An agenda is now available for that webinar. (more…)

Agenda now available for the HMSAS June 4, 2014 Webinar

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the HMSAS June 4, 2014 webinar. (more…)

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar on Monday, June 16, which is open to the public.  This webinar will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The HMSMT will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda.  These are:  Update on Regulations and International Activities, Drift Gillnet Transition Issues, Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) Process Confirmation, Initial Scoping of Biennial Specifications and Management Measures.

Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 749-475-639
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). 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 1-415-655-0063 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 896-306-800; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 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 HMSMT 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 503-820-2425 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.

Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, on Wednesday, June 4, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The HMSAS will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda.  These are:  Update on Regulations and International Activities, Drift Gillnet Transition Issues, Exempted Fishing Permit Process Confirmation, Initial Scoping of Biennial Specifications, and Management Measures.

New! Agenda and Discussion Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 825-962-039
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). 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 1-702-489-0008 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 686-529-816; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.  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 503-820-2425 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.

Agenda for May 7-9 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Meeting Available

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Download the proposed agenda for the May 7-9, 2014, Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting in Carlsbad, CA.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 7-9, 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. The HMSMT will meet Wednesday, May 7, 2014, to Friday, May 9, 2014. The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and continue until close of business on each day. The meeting is expected to adjourn by midday on May 9.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Driving Directions

The HMSMT plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery based on guidance from the Council at its March 2014 meeting. Topics covered include a long-term transition plan for the fishery, the use of alternative gear types, and establishing a Federal limited access permit program for the fishery.
  2. Criteria for evaluating exempted fishing permits submitted to test alternative gear.
  3. Council recommendations with respect to international management of HMS stocks of interest.
  4. Potential changes to HMS management that may be implemented for the April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017 biennial period, which the Council will begin considering in June 2014. Specifically, recreational fishery bag limit changes for Pacific bluefin tuna.
  5. Other informational items and related tasks such as preparation of the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.

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.