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March 2003 Briefing Book

Situation Summaries and Agendas for the March 2003 Council Meeting

Ancillary Meetings (links are to agendas)

Various technical and administrative committees, advisory bodies, work groups, and state delegations will meet throughout the week of Sunday, March 9 through Friday, March 14, 2003.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2003

CLOSED SESSION
8 A.M.
Martinique Ballroom
(Closed to all except Council members, their designees, and others designated by the Chair to discuss litigation and personnel matters.)

GENERAL SESSION
10:30 A.M.
Martinique Ballroom

A.  Call to Order

1.  Opening Remarks, Introductions
2.  Roll Call
3.  Executive Director's Report
4.  Council Action:  Approve Agenda
5.  Council Action:  Approve June, September, and November 2002 Minutes

B.  Salmon Management

1.  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Report

a.  Informational Update
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

2.  Final Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Methodology Review Recommendations on the Chinook and Coho Fishery Regulation and Assessment Models (FRAM) for 2003 Salmon Management

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  SSC Report
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Consider Methodology Changes to the Chinook FRAM and Coho FRAM

3.  Review of 2002 Fisheries and Summary of 2003 Stock Abundance Estimates

a.  Report of the Salmon Technical Team (STT)
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

4.  Inseason Management Recommendations for Openings Prior to May 1 North of Cape Falcon

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Recommendations
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Consider Adopting Recommendations for Early Opening Dates for Fisheries North of Cape Falcon

5.  Identification of Management Objectives and Preliminary Definition of 2003 Salmon Management Options

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Report from the Pacific Salmon Commission
c.  Report of the Klamath Fishery Management Council (KFMC)
d.  Report of the California Fish and Game Commission
e.  NMFS Recommendations
f.  Tribal Recommendations
g.  State Recommendations
h.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
i.  Public Comment
j.  Council Recommendations for Initial Options for STT Collation and Description

4 PM Public Comment Period

Public comments on fishery issues not on the agenda are accepted at this time.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2003

GENERAL SESSION
8 A.M.
Martinique Ballroom

A.  Call to Order (reconvene)

6.  Commencing Remarks by Don McIsaac

C.  Habitat Issues

1.  Essential Fish Habitat Issues

a.  Report of the Habitat Committee (HC)
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Action:  Consider HC Recommendations

D. Marine Reserves

1.  Considerations for Integrating Marine Reserves with Effective Fishery Management

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Presentations
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Discussion

2.  Update on Marine Reserves Activities

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

3.  Planning for Federal Waters Portion of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS)

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion
e.  Council Action:  If Appropriate, Adopt Process for Consideration of Marine Reserves in Federal Waters in or near the CINMS

E.  Groundfish Management

1.  NMFS Report

a.  Informational Update
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

F.  Pacific Halibut Management

1.  NMFS Report

a.  Status of Council Management Measure Recommendations for 2003
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

2.  Report on International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) Annual Meeting

a.  Summary of Meeting
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

3.  Public Review Options for the 2003 Incidental Catch Regulations in the Salmon Troll and Fixed Gear Sablefish Fisheries

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  State Proposals for the Salmon Troll Fishery
c.  State Proposals for the Fixed Gear Sablefish Fishery
d.  Tribal Comments
e.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
f.  Public Comment
g.  Council Action:  Adopt Public Review Options for 2003 Incidental Halibut Catch Regulations

B.  Salmon Management (continued)

6.  Status of Model Evaluation Workgroup

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

7.  Status of Marking Programs for Selective Fisheries

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Report of the STT
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies d.  Public Comment e.  Council Discussion

8.  Conservation Objectives for Central Valley Winter and Spring Chinook

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Report of the Sacramento River Winter and Spring Chinook Workgroup
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Consider Recommendations of the Workgroup

9.  Council Recommendations for 2003 Management Option Analysis

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Report of the STT
c.  Report of the KFMC
d.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
e.  Public Comments
f.  Council Direction to the STT and Salmon Advisory Subpanel on Options Development and Analysis

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Thursday, March 13, 2003

GENERAL SESSION
8 A.M.
Martinique Ballroom

A.  Call to Order (reconvene)

7.  Commencing Remarks by Don McIsaac

G.  Highly Migratory Species Management

1.  NMFS Report

a.  Informational Update
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

2.  Status of the Pacific Council Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (FMP)

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  NMFS Report on New Turtle Impact Data
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Consider Delaying FMP Transmittal to NMFS

H. Administrative and Other Matters

1.  Improvements in Meeting National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Requirements for Council Actions

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

2.  Planning Session on Improving Council Meeting Efficiency

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

3.  Legislative Matters

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Legislative Committee Report
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Consider Recommendations of the Legislative Committee

4.  Appointments to Advisory Bodies, Standing Committees, and Other Forums

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Appointments to Advisory Bodies (Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, Groundfish Management Team, Scientific and Statistical Committee, Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel, Other)
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Consider Appointing New Members and Addressing Other Membership Issues

I.  Coastal Pelagic Species Management

1.  NMFS Report

a.  Informational Update
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Discussion

2.  Draft Regulatory Amendment and Analysis for Changes to Sardine Allocation

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Action:  Consider Preliminary Action to Guide Regulatory Amendment Process and Guidance to Advisory Bodies

3.  Update on Sardine Stock Assessment Review Process

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
c.  Public Comment
d.  Council Action:  Consider Approving Terms of Reference

B.  Salmon Management (continued)

10.  Council Direction for 2003 Management Options (If Necessary)

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Report of the STT
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Guidance and Direction

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Friday, March 14, 2003

GENERAL SESSION
8 A.M.
Martinique Ballroom

A.  Call to Order (reconvene)

8.  Commencing Remarks by Don McIsaac

H.  Administrative and Other Matters (continued)

5.  Financial Matters

a.  Budget Committee Report
b.  Council Action:  Consider Recommendations of the Budget Committee

6.  Council Staff Work Load Priorities

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Council Discussion and Guidance

7.  April 2003 Council Meeting Agenda

a.  Consider Agenda Options
b.  Identify Priorities for Advisory Body Consideration
c.  Council Action:  Adopt Final Agenda for the April 2003 Meeting

B.  Salmon Management (continued)

11.  Salmon Hearings Officers

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Council Action:  Appoint Hearings Officers

12.  Adoption of 2003 Management Options for Public Review

a.  Agendum Overview
b.  Report of the STT
c.  Reports and Comments of Advisory Bodies
d.  Public Comment
e.  Council Action:  Adopt Management Options for Public Review

ADJOURN

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