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September 10-17, 2014 Council Meeting

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 10‐17, 2014 in Spokane, Washington to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, salmon, ecosystem management, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.

NOAA requests comments on a proposal to update the Federal list of fisheries for West Coast states

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

NOAA Fisheries proposes to update the Federal list of authorized fisheries and gear issued under section 305(a) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (“List of Fisheries”). The List of Fisheries includes a description of fisheries that operate in the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone, the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s geographic area of authority. This action is necessary because the current list is outdated and either includes several fisheries that no longer occur, or does not include fisheries that do occur, within the U.S. West Coast EEZ. The intended effect of this rule is to bring the list up to date with current West Coast fisheries and fishery management plans.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated August 7, 2014 to read the proposed rule and instructions on how to comment. Comments on this proposed rule must be received on or before September 8, 2014.

For further information, please contact:
Ms. Yvonne deReynier, 206-526-6129; (fax) 206-526-6736;
Mr. Joshua Lindsay, 562-980-4034; 562-980-4047

Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2014 Briefing Book

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – September 2014 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, August 15, 2014, 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 comments or materials received at the Council office after August 15, but BY 11:59 pm, September 3 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.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

The Line, summary of West Coast fisheries news, May 2014 version available online

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Download The Line, Volume 3, No. 1, May 2014, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the March and April 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council meetings.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 418.

April 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

April 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the April 2014 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains “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.

March 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-13, 2014 in Sacramento, California. The March 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

Incidental Catch Recommendations for the Salmon Troll and Fixed Gear Sablefish Fisheries

Monday, March 17th, 2014

At their March 2014 meeting, the Council adopted halibut landing ratios for the commercial salmon troll fisheries from April 1-30, 2014 of no more than one halibut per each four Chinook, except one halibut may be landed without meeting the ratio requirement and no more than 12 halibut may be landed per trip.  Salmon regulations will also require state landing receipts to include both the number of halibut landed, and the total dressed, head-on weight of halibut landed, in pounds. The Council adopted three options for public review for halibut landing ratios in the salmon troll fisheries from May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 and April 1-30, 2015. Final action is scheduled at the April Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Option 1: May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 and April 1-30, 2015, license holders may land no more than one Pacific halibut per each three Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 15 halibut landed per trip.

Option 2: May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 and April 1-30, 2015, license holders may land no more than one Pacific halibut per each four Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 12 halibut landed per trip.

Option 3: May 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 and April 1-30, 2015, license holders may land no more than one Pacific halibut per each five Chinook, except one Pacific halibut may be landed without meeting the ratio requirement, and no more than 10 halibut landed per trip.

The Council also adopted halibut landing restrictions for the primary fixed gear sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis. Washington from April 1, 2014 to October 31, 2014.  The limits are 75 pounds dressed weight of halibut for every 1,000 pounds dressed weight of sablefish landed and up to two additional halibut in excess of the 75-pounds-per-1,000-pound ratio per landing.

Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2014 Briefing Book

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, March 19, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the April meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after March 19, but BY 11:59 pm, March 30 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the April meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

Notice of Availability: Environmental Assessment on the Continued Implementations of the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific Halibut

Friday, February 21st, 2014

On February 21, 2014, NOAA Fisheries has made available the Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Continued Implementations of the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific Halibut.

The EA can be found on the NOAA Fisheries website, under “Available for Public Comment” at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/management/pacific_halibut_management.html.

NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comments on the EA until February 28, 2014.

Please email all comments to: HalibutEA2014.WCR@noaa.gov.

This notice has been posted as a courtesy to the public and the NOAA Fisheries Service.