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A Public Workshop to Review the 2015 Groundfish Stock Assessment Process is Scheduled for December 9-10, 2015

Monday, November 30th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the NMFS Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers (NWFSC and SWFSC, respectively) will hold a public workshop to review and critique its groundfish stock assessment process in 2015. The Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop is open to the public.

December 9-10, 2015

The Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop will commence at 8:30 a.m. PT, Wednesday, December 9, 2015 and continue until 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day. The workshop will reconvene at 8:30 a.m. PT, Thursday, December 10, 2015 and continue until 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

Purpose

The purpose of the Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop is for participants in the Council’s 2015 stock assessment process to consider the procedures used in 2015 to assess and update groundfish stock abundance and develop recommendations for improving the process for future assessments and future assessment reviews. No management actions will be decided in this workshop. Any recommendations developed at the workshop will be submitted for consideration by the Council at its April meeting in Vancouver, WA.

Location

The Groundfish Stock Assessment Process Review Workshop will be held at:

University of Washington
Room 203, Fishery Sciences Building (FSH)
1122 NE Boat Street
Seattle, WA  98105

Map to School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences

Additional information

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, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 413.

 

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CANCELED: Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinars

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The CPSAS webinar has been canceled. The CPSAS is scheduled to meet November 13-14 at the Council meeting in Garden Grove, California, and will consider November Council meeting agenda items at that time.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene two webinar meetings, of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS). The meetings are open to the public. The primary purpose of the meetings are to discuss agenda items on the November Council meeting and to discuss future meeting plans.

Dates and Times of Webinars

The CPSMT webinar will be held Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The CPSAS webinar will be held Monday, November 2, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Information on how to participate is below. Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT and CPSAS Chairs.

To Attend the CPSMT October 27 Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID:  116-489-315
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (631) 992-3221 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 182-506-341
  • 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).

CANCELED: To Attend the CPSAS November 2 Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID:  136-056-195
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (646) 307-1720 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 652-211-077
  • 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 (See the GoToMeeting WebinarApps)

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 for each webinar will also be provided at the Council office, which is physically accessible to people with disabilities:

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

Additional information

These meetings are 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 CPSMT webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 409.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee, Salmon Technical Team, and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold a Joint Methodology Review Meeting

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

October 20-22, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a joint methodology review meeting with the Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup, which will be open to the public. The joint methodology review meeting will be held Tuesday, October 20, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, October 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, October 22, from 9 a.m. to noon, or until business is completed. The meetings will be held at the Radisson Hotel Portland Airport, Portland, Oregon.

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the methodology review meeting is to discuss and review proposed changes to analytical methods used in salmon management. Recommendations from the methodology review meeting will be presented at the November 13-19, 2015 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California where the Council is scheduled to take final action on the proposals. The following topics were adopted by the Council at their September 9-16, 2015 meeting in Sacramento, California for consideration at the methodology review meeting:

  • Update of the Chinook FRAM (Fishery Regulation Assessment Model) base period and associated base period algorithms.
  • Update documentation for Chinook FRAM.
  • Evaluation of Sacramento River winter Chinook contribution to ocean fisheries north and south of Point Sur.
  • Evaluation of a management line at Point Reyes for the Klamath Ocean Harvest Model, Sacramento Harvest Model, and Winter Run Harvest Model.

Additionally, the Council requested a review of the use of Sacramento River winter Chinook stock projections from jack returns as a management tool as was proposed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for 2015 fishery management.

Meeting Location

Radisson Hotel Portland Airport
Concourse Room
6233 NE 78th Ct.
Portland, Oregon, 97218
503-251-2000
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. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2425, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at (503) 820-2414; or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

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Agenda available for ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group webinar

Monday, February 2nd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, which is open to the public. A proposed draft agenda is now available for that webinar. Continue reading for the agenda and webinar information

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Request for nominations on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking two qualified candidates, one to represent the Washington Charter Boat position, and one to represent the Oregon Charter Boat position, on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP). The positions are for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2015. Appointments will be made at the March 7-12, 2015 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement and instructions on how to submit nominations.

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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions

Friday, December 12th, 2014

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

January 20-23, 2015: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2014 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 2015 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 17-20, 2015: 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 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2015 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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November 12-19, 2014 Council Meeting

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Council to Consider a Variety of Issues Affecting Management of Future Coastal Pelagic Species, Groundfish, Highly Migratory Species, Pacific Halibut, and Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 in Costa Mesa, California to address issues related to coastal pelagic species, groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, highly migratory species management, and habitat matters.

Listen to the Meeting

Agenda and Meeting Notice

Listed below are some key agenda items, which include Council considerations to:

  • Adopt final preferred alternatives for bluefin tuna management measures for 2015-2016 fisheries;
  • Adopt a final preferred alternative for the Pacific sardine harvest fraction parameter;
  • Adopt final changes to the 2015 Pacific halibut catch sharing plan and annual fishery regulations;
  • Adopt final recommendations for any changes to the lower Columbia River natural coho harvest matrix;
  • Take final action to rescind or revise previous Council action of open access registration under groundfish plan Amendment 22;
  • Adopt recommendations for adjustments to 2014 and 2015 groundfish fisheries.
  • Adopt final changes to salmon methodologies or conservation objectives, and the 2015 preseason management schedule;
  • Download a PDF copy of the November 2014 Meeting Notice and Agenda

Please refer to the detailed proposed agenda for a complete list of issues to be addressed. A schedule of advisory group meetings is provided on the last pages of the detailed proposed agenda. Copies of briefing materials prepared for the meeting can be found on our website www.pcouncil.org the week of October 29.

Meeting Locations and Arrangements

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet November 12-19, 2014 at the following location:

Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
3050 Bristol Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone: 714-540-7000

All meetings are open to the public, except a closed executive session scheduled for 1:00 pm on Friday, November 14, 2014, to discuss litigation and administrative appointments. For more information on the meetings, refer to the detailed proposed agenda or call the Council office at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 toll free.

Public Comment Guidelines

The public is encouraged to comment, either verbally at the meeting or in writing. Timing of agenda items may change as the meeting progresses, and items not completed on the scheduled day will be carried over to later in the meeting, usually the next day.

Oral Public Comments

Oral public comments will be accepted during the meeting prior to action on each agenda item.

Written Public Comments

Written public comments are accepted by the Council via one of the methods described below. The public is encouraged to submit written comments as far in advance of the meeting as possible, either by mail, fax, of email addressed to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov. Electronic copies of written testimony is encouraged.

  • Comments received by 11:59 p.m. October 20, 2014 will be included in the briefing books mailed to Council members prior to the meeting.
  • Comments received after October 20 but by 11:59 p.m. November 5, 2014 will be distributed to Council members at the onset of the meeting.
  • If you cannot meet this latter deadline and are going to testify at the meeting, you can provide written testimony for distribution by one of the following methods at the meeting. However, please note these need to be provided to Council staff at the meeting well in advance of your testimony.
    • Provide an electronic copy to be posted with other briefing materials, or
    • Provide 40 photocopies with the Agenda Item Topic Number in the upper right corner of the front page of each copy. Refer to the attached agenda for the topic numbers; i.e., Agenda Item B.1 refers to public comment under Open Comment Period.

This meeting is open to the public and is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 or 866-806-7204 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

One-Way Live Stream Available

The November 14-19, 2014 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will also be streamed live on the internet. The broadcasts begin at 2 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) Friday, November 14, 2014-Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Broadcasts end daily at 6:00 p.m. PT or when business for the day is complete. Only the audio portion and presentations displayed on the screen at the Council meeting will be broadcast. The audio portion is listen-only; you will be unable to speak to the Council via the broadcast. To access the meeting online go to http://www.joinwebinar.com and enter the November Webinar ID, 430-417-591 and your email address. The online attendance can be done using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, using the GoToMeeting application. It is recommended that you use a computer headset to listen to the meeting, but you may use your telephone for the audio portion only of the meeting. The audio portion may be attended using a telephone by dialing the toll number 1-646-307-1719; phone audio access code 536-452-326 (not a toll-free number).

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Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the November 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – November 2014 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY October 20, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the November meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after October 20, but BY November 5 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the November 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.

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Oregon Pink Shrimp Cakes with Wasabi Dipping Sauce

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lbs. Oregon Pink Shrimp. Do not wash
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup celery stalks, finely minced
  • 1 cup onion, finely minced
  • 1 cup green pepper, finely minced
  • 1 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1/2 tsp. Tabasco
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • Additional bread crumb for coating the cakes
  • 1/2 cup oil for frying (or more as needed)

Combine all ingredients except the breadcrumbs for coating and the oil for frying. Form the mixture into 8 1” thick cakes. Coat cakes on both sides with the additional breadcrumbs, patting the crumbs lightly into cakes.

Preheat 10” to 12” sauté pan over medium heat. Add 1/4 cup oil. Cook four cakes at a time, four minutes per side. The should be nicely browned on both sides and heated through. Keep the cooked cakes warm in the oven while you prepare the remaining four. Use fresh oil for the second batch.

Wasabi Tartar Sauce

  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh garlic, finely minced
  • 1 Tbsp. white vermouth
  • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. Wasabi Paste (finely minced jalapeno pepper can be substituted)

Use food processor to puree ginger. Wasabi, garlic, vermouth, sesame oil. lime juice and zest. Puree for 3 minutes. Add mayonnaise and sour cream and process until smooth.

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Miso-Marinated Blackcod

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Serves 4. Active time: 5 minutes; total time: 30 minutes, or up to overnight for marinating.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup red or white miso paste
  • 1/4 cup sake
  • 2 tablespoons mirin
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 black cod filets, 5 to 6 ounces each

Instructions:

Whisk together miso, sake, mirin, soy sauce, oil, and sugar. Rub mixture over every surface of filets. Transfer to a plastic zipper lock bag or sealable container. Proceed immediately to next step, or for best results, marinate for about 30 minutes or up to two days.

Adjust broiler rack to 4 inches from heat source and preheat broiler or toaster oven broiler to high. Cover a small broiler pan with aluminum foil. Place black cod filets skin side-down on pan. Broil until top surface is well charred and a thin skewer inserted into black cod shows no resistance at all when piercing through layers of flesh, about 10 minutes. If any areas of fish threaten to burn, shield with small pieces of aluminum foil.

When fish is cooked, carefully remove pin bones with a pair of tweezers (there should be no resistence), and serve immediately.

Recipe originally found here.

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