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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.

March 6-11, 2013 Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Council to Adopt Range of Alternatives for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries for Public Review

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 6-11, 2013 in Tacoma, Washington to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, and habitat matters.

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

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

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 work session will be held January 23-25, 2013 and will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day, and continue until business is completed.

The HMSMT will discuss work assignments to be delivered at the March 2013 Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington.  The Council directed the HMSMT to determine if any changes can be made to the closure dates for, and/or the southern boundary of, the Pacific Leatherback Conservation Area (PLCA) in order to enhance fishing opportunity in the California drift gillnet fishery.  Since the PLCA was established to reduce the take of endangered leatherback sea turtles in this fishery, other mitigation measures may be considered to compensate for any additional fishing opportunity.  Specifically, the HMSMT will consider a regulatory limit on the annual number of incidental take interactions allowed in the fishery.  This regulatory approach has been used successfully in the Hawaii-based shallow-set pelagic longline fishery to limit takes of leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles.

The HMSMT will also begin work on the next Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, which is prepared annually, summarizing information from the previous year.  Informational topics may also be discussed, time permitting.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Large Conference Room, Torrey Pines Court
National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
3333 North Torrey Pines Court
La Jolla, California  92037
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. 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.

Groundfish Management Team to Meet January 14 – 18, 2013

Friday, December 7th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a work session which is open to the public. The GMT will also meet with a subgroup of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).

The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 14, 2013 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, January 15 through Friday, January 18 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed. The joint meeting of the SSC subgroup and the GMT will occur on January 17, 2013.

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to prepare for the 2013 Council meetings, including the upcoming harvest specifications and management measures cycle. Specific agenda topics include the use of descending devices to recompress rockfish discarded in west coast recreational fisheries and the associated mortality rates; changes to the harvest specifications and management measures process under the proposed Amendment 24 to the groundfish Fishery Management Plan; evaluation of and proposed changes to the groundfish stock complexes; and a review of impact projection models. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Council in 2013.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
Governor’s Room
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Telephone: 206-634-2000

Driving Directions

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413 or Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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.

Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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

January 22-25, 2013: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2012 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 2013 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 19-22, 2013: 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 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2013 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.

2014 Council Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Conference Call October 9, 2012

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT). The primary purpose of the conference call is to discuss the proposed harvest parameters workshop. Other items that may be discussed include the 2012 Pacific sardine stock assessment update and items related to the November 2012 Council meeting.

The conference call will be held on Tuesday October 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

A listening station will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For more information regarding the CPSMT Conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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.