Scientific and Statistical Committee Groundfish Subcommittee to Meet in Seattle, WA August 20-21, 2019

The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a meeting to review new benchmark and update assessments and catch-only update assessment projections to inform new 2021 and 2022 groundfish harvest specifications.  The meeting is open to the public.


Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to review groundfish stock assessments and catch-only updates that will inform management decisions for 2021 and beyond.  Specifically, the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will review new benchmark assessments and Stock Assessment Review panel reports for cabezon, longnose skate, big skate, sablefish, cowcod, and gopher/black-and-yellow rockfish; as well as new update assessments for petrale sole and widow rockfish.  The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will also review catch-only update projections for black rockfish, blackgill rockfish, brown rockfish, California blue/deacon rockfish north of Pt. Conception, canary rockfish, China rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, Dover sole, lingcod, longspine thornyhead, rougheye/blackspotted rockfish, shortspine thornyhead, and yelloweye rockfish.

No management actions will be decided by the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee.  The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee members’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the SSC and Pacific Council at the September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

Meeting dates

The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting will be held Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 21, 2019 beginning at 8:30 a.m. each day and continuing until 5:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting location

The SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee meeting will be an in-person meeting and will also be held by webinar.

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
2725 Montlake Blvd E
Seattle, WA 98112
Telephone: 206-860-3200

Driving Directions

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 Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-867-0535 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

To Attend via webinar (option)

To attend the webinar, visit:

  1. Join the webinar by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar access code: 626 668 260
  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 1-650-479-3208, or connect audio using the computer

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 webex system requirements).

You may send an email to Dr. Owen Hamel or contact him at 206-860-3481 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.