Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet August 8-11, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public.  The HMSMT will meet Monday, August 8 through Thursday August 11, 2016.  The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. on August 8 and at 8:30 a.m. on August 9-11.  On each day the meeting will end at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to draft reports for tasks assigned to the HMSMT by the Council that can be included in the advance briefing materials for the September Council meeting.

Meeting Material

Meeting Location

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon, 97220
Driving Directions

Meeting information

The Council assigned several tasks to the HMSMT for completion by the September 2016 Council meeting.  At this meeting the HMSMT plans to draft reports for these tasks that can be included in the advance briefing materials for the September Council meeting.

These tasks include:

  1. An update on international HMS management, including outcomes of the 80th Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission meeting;
  2. If available, reviewing exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications;
  3. Developing recommendations for updates to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) to correct errors, revise out of date descriptions, and clarify descriptive passages;
  4. Drafting a framework for reporting estimates of reference points for HMS FMP management unit species;
  5. Developing recommendations responding to the referral to the Council by National Marine Fisheries Service of requests for rulemaking contained in the agency’s response  to the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition for rulemaking to address the relative impacts of the U.S. fleet on the Pacific bluefin tuna stock (81 FR 39213);
  6. Identifying data gaps and research needs for deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) to inform future Council recommendations on issuance of EFPs to test this gear for the objectives of developing a Federal fishing permit system for DSBG and regulatory authorizing use of the gear;
  7. Identifying incentives for EFPs to test DSBG;
  8. Developing a range of alternatives for a Federal permit for the California large mesh driftnet fishery for swordfish and sharks; and
  9. Making recommendations on indicators to be included in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report delivered to the Council each March

The HMSMT may also discuss other matters related to HMS management besides the assignments enumerated above.

Additional Information

Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings.  Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document 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 intent to take final action to address the emergency.

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.

If you have additional questions regarding the meetings, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280 ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.