Monday, January 12th, 2015
The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Wednesday, February 4 to Friday, February 6, 2015, which is open to the public. This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.
UPDATED: Meeting Locations
The meeting will be held at two locations as follows:
Wednesday, February 4
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6
Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea
Wind and Sea Room
7830 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037
Meeting topics and agenda
The HMSMT will discuss assignments and develop reports for HMS topics to be taken up at Council meetings in 2015. Topics on the March 2015 Council agenda that the HMSMT will focus on include 1) developing a Drift Gillnet Management and Monitoring Plan purpose and need statement and contents; 2) analyzing the range of alternatives adopted by the Council in November 2014 for bycatch reduction and monitoring for the California drift gillnet fishery; and 3) reviewing and making recommendations on exempted fishing permit proposals. The HMSMT will also discuss 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 and potential Council advice to the U.S. delegation. Time permitting, the HMSMT may discuss initial planning for topics on future Council meetings including the authorization of a shallow-set longline fishery outside the west coast Exclusive Economic Zone and creating a Federal limited entry permit for the California drift gillnet fishery.
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 503-820-2425, 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.