Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 7-9, 2014

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, May 7, 2014, to Friday, May 9, 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 May 9.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Driving Directions

The HMSMT plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery based on guidance from the Council at its March 2014 meeting. Topics covered include a long-term transition plan for the fishery, the use of alternative gear types, and establishing a Federal limited access permit program for the fishery.
  2. Criteria for evaluating exempted fishing permits submitted to test alternative gear.
  3. Council recommendations with respect to international management of 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. Specifically, recreational fishery bag limit changes for Pacific bluefin tuna.
  5. Other informational items and related tasks such as preparation of the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.

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.