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Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee to Meet

Monday, December 16th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEMTAC) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. At the November Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California, the Council adopted for further analysis a range of alternatives for electronic monitoring (EM) of the West Coast groundfish trawl catch share program and announced that, at its April 2014 meeting, it will consider draft Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) applications submitted for the purpose of allowing the use of EM in place of observers for vessels participating in the trawl rationalization program. In a letter to the industry, the Council encouraged applicants to provide draft EFP applications to the Council’s GEMTAC before submission of a complete EFP application to the Council for its April meeting. The GEMTAC will hold a work session January 22 and 23 in Portland to discuss development of an impact analysis for the Council’s adopted alternatives (January 22) and to comment on draft EFP applications (January 23). The GEMTAC may comment on completeness of the study design, feasibility of implementation, or other elements of draft EFP application that might be considered for adjustment.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEMTAC for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. The meeting will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice 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 GEMTAC’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.

The meeting will be held January 22 and 23, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed.

The meeting will be held in Portland, Oregon at the following location:

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Latourell Room
8439 NE Columbia Blvd
Portland, OR, 97220
Telephone: 503-256-5000

Driving Directions

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.

For further information about the joint work session, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280, ext. 424; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold two work sessions.

January 21-24, 2014: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 18-21, 2014: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries.

The two work sessions will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

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.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet January 22-24, 2014

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

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, January 22, 2014, to Friday, January 24, 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 January 24.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

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

Discussion Topics

The HMSMT plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery.
  2. Developments to improve reporting of HMS fishery performance metrics out of the Pacific Fishery Information Network (PacFIN) database.
  3. Updates on recent developments at the international level affecting 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.

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.

October 30‐November 6, 2013 Council Meeting

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Council to Consider a Variety of Issues Affecting Management of Future Groundfish, Halibut, and Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet October 30‐November 6, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, coastal pelagic species management, and habitat matters.

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

May 2013 CCC Meeting

Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

May 2013 Council Coordination Committee Meeting

The Council Coordination Committee (CCC) consists of the chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors of each of the eight Regional Councils, and is authorized under Section 302(l) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in order to discuss issues of relevance to all Councils, including issues related to the implementation of the Act. The CCC normally meets twice per year. Generally, an interim meeting is held early in the calendar year to discuss budgets and other pressing matters and is hosted by NMFS in Washington, D.C. The primary, annual CCC meeting is hosted, on a revolving basis, by one of the Councils, normally in later spring or early summer. The CCC terms of reference provide additional detail on the function and operation of the CCC.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council hosted the 2013 CCC meeting in conjunction with the “Managing Our Nations Fisheries 3” conference in Washington D.C., which was also hosted by the Pacific Council. The CCC met May 6, 9, and 10, 2013 at the Mayflower Renaissance Hotel. A “Summary of the Decisions” reached at that meeting are now available.

Briefing materials for the CCC meeting are available electronically through the links below. Agenda item letters and numbers correspond with the planned schedule; however, the order of the agenda items may have changed as required to effectively address the issues.

May 2013 CCC Briefing Book Materials

A. Call to Order

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B. Open Public Comment

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C. Managing Our Nations Fisheries 3

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D. CCC Meeting Protocols

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E. Budget Issues

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F. Consideration of MONF3 Conference Results

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G. ESA Transparency

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H. Electronic Monitoring

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I. Allocation Review Process

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J. Office of the Inspector General Action Plan

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K. New NEPA Process

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L. Discussion of Decisions and Follow-Up Activities

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M. National Ocean Policy

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Last Updated: 08/13/2013; 3:33 PM

Groundfish Inseason Actions from September 2013 Meeting

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

The Council considered the most recent information on the status of ongoing fisheries and recommended the following trip limit increases:

  1. Limited entry fixed gear fishery north of 36° N. latitude: increase the sablefish trip limits from 1,110 lbs/week, not to exceed 3,300 lbs/2 months to 1,850 lbs/week not to exceed 5,500 lbs/2 months for Period 6.
  2. Open access fixed gear fishery north of 36° N. latitude: increase the sablefish trip limits from 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 800 lbs, not to exceed 1,600 lbs/2 months to 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,200 lbs, not to exceed 2,400 lbs/2 months for Period 6.
  3. Open access fixed gear fishery south of 36° N. latitude: increase the sablefish trip limits from 300 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,460 lbs, not to exceed 2,920 lbs/2 months to 380 lbs/day, or one landing per week up to 1,800 lbs, not to exceed 3,800 lbs/2 months for Period 6.
  4. Limited entry fixed gear and open access fishery south of 40°10′ N. latitude: increase the deeper nearshore rockfish trip limits from 900 lb/2 months to 1,000 lb/2 months for Period 6.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Conference Call September 12, 2013

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) on Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The primary purpose of the conference call is to discuss the September Council meeting agenda items I.1 (List of Fisheries) and I.2 (Unmanaged Forage Fish Protection Initiative). The secondary purpose of the conference call is to discuss preparations for the November Council meeting.

A public listening station will be available at:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
Driving Directions

There may be opportunities to attend the conference call remotely. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409.

For information regarding the public listening station, inquiries should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170.

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.

June 2013 Council Meeting

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

June 2013 Council Decisions

June 2013 Meeting Minutes

June 2013 Meeting Voting Log

June 2013 Briefing Book

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

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 meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28; 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29; and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013.  On each day the meeting will continue until business is completed.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

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

Discussion Topics

The HMSMT will discuss the following topics:

  1. An assignment from the March 2013 Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington.  The Council directed the HMSMT to identify potential measures that should be implemented pursuant to the precautionary management framework for North Pacific albacore currently under development at the international level.  The HMSMT will provide a report with its recommendations at the June 20-25, 2013, Council meeting.
  2. Response to finding by National Marine Fisheries Service that Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) is overfished and recommendations for Council response per Section 304(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act
  3. Work on the 2013 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, which is prepared annually, summarizing information from the previous year.
  4. Future work planning.
  5. Informational topics related to HMSMT responsibilities.

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.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee to Hold Meeting

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s (SSC) CPS Subcommittee. In addition, one representative of the Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel will participate. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Council’s pending decisions on changing the temperature index used as a correlate for sardine recruitment, and changing the start date of the Pacific sardine fishery. The CPSMT and SSC Subcommittee will be expected to make recommendations that can be used by the Council in actions related to these two issues. The Council considered these topics at its April 2013 meeting, and is tentatively scheduled to take final action at the June 2013 meeting.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 21 beginning at 1 pm and continue until business for the day is completed. The meeting will reconvene at 8 am Wednesday, May 22 through Thursday, May 23, and go until business for each day is completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Large Conference Room
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
Driving Directions

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409.