SSC and SSC Groundfish Subcommittee to Hold Two Meetings August 28 and 29 in Seattle, WA

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will convene two meetings.  The meetings are open to the public, and will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely.

The purpose of the August 28 SSC meeting is to review draft 2017 stock assessment documents, stock assessment review (STAR) panel reports, and any other pertinent information for new benchmark stock assessments for lingcod, Pacific ocean perch, yelloweye rockfish, yellowtail rockfish, blue rockfish, deacon rockfish, and California scorpionfish.; review catch-only updates of 2015 assessments for canary and chilipepper rockfish; and consider endorsing these assessments for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for fisheries in 2019 and beyond.  Additionally, the SSC will consider endorsing new 2019 and 2020 overfishing limits and stock categories for groundfish stocks.

The purpose of the August 29 SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to review new proposed analyses informing sigmas (i.e., values associated with assessment uncertainty) for older assessments and the proxy stock categories used to determine acceptable biological catches for groundfish stocks.  Additionally, the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will review a proposal for a new stock assessment methodology for determining stock compositions from mixed stock landings.  No management actions will be decided by the SSC or the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee.  The SSC members’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.  The full SSC is expected to complete their reports at their September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Meeting Materials

Meeting Dates

The SSC meeting will be held Monday, August 28, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time) or when business for the day has been completed. The SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will meet on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed.

Meeting Location

Both meetings will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center
Alaska Fisheries Science Center
7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4
Seattle, WA 98115
Telephone: 206-526-4000

Driving Directions

Members of the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will be attending the meeting in person at the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center and the rest of the SSC are invited to attend both meetings via webinar.

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service Western Regional Center’s Sand Point facility should bring one of the following forms of identification:

  • Enhanced Driver’s License from the states of Washington, Minnesota, and New York
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Passport Card
  • U.S. Department of Defense CAC
  • U.S. Federal agency HSPD-12 compliant ID cards
  • U.S. Veterans ID
  • U.S. Military Dependent’s ID Card
  • U.S. Trusted Traveler Card – Global Entry, SENTRI, or NEXUS
  • U.S. Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC)
  • State issued Real ID Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards.

Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  Foreign national visitors should contact Dr. Martin Dorn at 206-526-6548 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 368-736-003
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  4. You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number (1-562-247-8422)
  5. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code (639-618-333)
  6. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar)

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 Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.

Additional Information

Public Comments during the meetings will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC  and SSC Groundfish Subcommittee Chairs.  For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; 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, ext. 411, at least ten days prior to the meeting date.