Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale Workgroup to Hold Meeting May 23-24, 2019

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will begin Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time and recess at 5:00 p.m.  It will continue at 9 a.m. Friday, May 24, and will adjourn at 2 p.m. or when business for the day is completed. This is a public meeting and not a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the Workgroup chair as time allows.  The Workgroup will be focused solely on Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries.

Meeting Agenda

Purpose of the Meeting

At the March 2019 Pacific Council meeting, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced plans to reinitiate Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation on the effect of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on SRKW.  NMFS and the Pacific Council agreed on a collaborative approach and began establishing work plans and a tentative schedule.  At the April 2019 meeting, the Pacific Council formed the Workgroup to reassess the effects of Pacific Council-area ocean salmon fisheries on the Chinook salmon prey base of SRKW.  A draft Terms of Reference was reviewed by the Pacific Council which describes the purpose of the Workgroup, a proposed timeline to accomplish this task, and a list of participants.  Supporting documents can be found in the Pacific Council’s April 2019 Briefing Book (Agenda Item F.3.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019 and Agenda Item D.6.a, Supplemental NMFS Report 1, April 2019).

The primary purpose of this first work session is to review the purpose of the Workgroup, discuss the current status of SRKW, exchange ideas regarding risk assessment methods and criteria for evaluating Pacific Council salmon fisheries, and to develop a work plan for the first draft of a risk assessment report.  The Workgroup may also discuss and consider other items of interest on the Pacific Council’s June 2019 meeting agenda. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the Workgroup meeting agenda may come before the Workgroup for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting.  The Workgroup will provide a summary of this meeting to the Pacific Council, its advisory bodies, and the public at the June 2019 Pacific Council meeting in San Diego, CA.

Meeting Location

This meeting will be held at the following location:

Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Airport
Oak Meeting Room
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-460-3000
Driving Directions

Additional Information

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 503-820-2411, at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information, please contact Ms. Robin Ehlke at (503) 820-2410; or toll-free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 410.