Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled for 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene four Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels this year to review new stock assessments for cabezon, big skate, longnose skate, sablefish, cowcod, and gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish (it is anticipated this will be a single assessment of gopher rockfish and black-and-yellow rockfish in combination).   These STAR Panel meetings are open to the public.

The STAR panel meetings will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely.  See the “Webinar Option” information below for instructions.

Purpose of the STAR Panels

The purpose of the STAR Panels is to review draft 2019 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for new benchmark stock assessments for cabezon, big skate, longnose skate, sablefish, cowcod, and gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce STAR Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for fisheries in 2021 and beyond.  No management actions will be decided by the STAR Panels.  The STAR Panel participants’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

STAR Panel Meeting Dates and Times; Agendas

STAR Panel 1:  The cabezon STAR Panel (STAR Panel 1) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 6, 2019 through Friday, May 10, 2019.  The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 2:  The big skate and longnose skate STAR Panel (STAR Panel 2) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, June 3, 2019 through Friday, June 7, 2019. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 3:  The sablefish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 3) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2019 through Friday, July 12, 2019.   The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

STAR Panel 4:  The cowcod and gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish STAR Panel (STAR Panel 4) will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 22, 2019 through Friday, July 26, 2019.   The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Meeting Locations

STAR Panel 1 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Newport Research Station, Building 955
2032 SE OSU Drive
Newport, Oregon 97365
541-867-0500
Driving Directions

STAR Panel 2 will be held at the following location Monday, June 3 through Wednesday, June 5, and Friday, June 7:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
The Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle, Washington 98112-2097
206-860-3200
Driving Directions

On Thursday, June 6, STAR Panel 2 will be held at the following location:

Seattle Yacht Club
Fireside Lounge Room
1807 E Hamlin St.
Seattle, Washington 98112
206-325-1000
Driving Directions

STAR Panel 3 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
The Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle, Washington 98112-2097
206-860-3200
Driving Directions

STAR Panel 4 will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 McAllister Way
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900
Driving Directions

Listen-Only Webinar Option

To attend STAR Panel 1:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://nwfscfram.webex.com/nwfscfram
  2. Enter the Webinar Access Code: 628-714-189
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial the TOLL number 1-650-479-3208; you must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting

To attend STAR Panel 2:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://nwfscfram.webex.com/nwfscfram
  2. Enter the Webinar Access Code: 626-965-054
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial the TOLL number 1-650-479-3208; you must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting

To attend STAR Panel 3:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://nwfscfram.webex.com/nwfscfram
  2. Enter the Webinar Access Code: 623-016-027
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial the TOLL number 1-650-479-3208; you must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting

To attend STAR Panel 4 (Webinar information updated 07/22 10:39 am):

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://swfsc.webex.com/swfsc
  2. Enter the Webinar Access Code: 991-779-038
  3. Enter the meeting password: vp6bswqr
  4. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial the TOLL number 1-415-655-0002; you must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location. 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 NOAA facilities. Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

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.

For more information regarding these meetings, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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