Council news: Rigorous management practices have led to successful rebuilding of several West Coast groundfish stocks

Portland, Oregon—A new paper published in Nature Sustainability, “Identifying Management Actions that Promote Sustainable Fisheries,” demonstrates that rigorous management practices have helped rebuild depleted fish stocks worldwide and underscores the fact that greater investment in fisheries management generally leads to better outcomes for fish populations and the fisheries they support. The Pacific Fishery Management Council, […]

Bills signed into law in the 116th Congress

The following West Coast fishery-related bills have been signed into law in the 116th Congress. This list will be updated as necessary. VETOED: Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act This bill addresses certain driftnet fishing. (Driftnet fishing is a method of fishing in which a gillnet composed of a panel or panels of webbing, or […]

Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup and the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to hold online meetings February 22 & 23, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workshop (EWG) and Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) will hold online meetings, which are open to the public.  The EWG will hold an online meeting on Monday, February 22, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or until business is concluded. The EWG and EAS will hold a joint meeting on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or until business is concluded.

Purpose of the meetings

The purpose of the EWG meeting is to plan and prepare for advisory body work supporting the Pacific Council’s March 2-11, 2021, meeting. This includes reviewing and discussing available meeting materials and planning work for the ecosystem management topics and other topics of interest that may arise during the Pacific Council meeting. In their joint meeting, the EAS and EWG will receive a briefing on the California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Report and other topics as appropriate. A detailed agenda for these meetings will be made available on the Pacific Council website in advance of the meeting.

To attend the online meetings

Meeting details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

Technical information

Technical details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the online meetings, please contact  Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Highly Migratory Species Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee to hold online meeting February 4-5, 2021

The Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online meeting to advise on a best scientific information available (BSIA) determination by National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on the use of new stock assessments to determine management limit reference points and status determination criteria (SDC) for managing bigeye and yellowfin tunas.  The meeting is open to the public.

The SSC HMS Subcommittee’s online meeting will be held Thursday, February 4, 2021 beginning at 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) and continuing until 5 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.  The meeting will reconvene, if needed, on Friday, February 5, 2021 beginning at 9 a.m. PST and continuing until 1 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the SSC HMS Subcommittee meeting is to discuss new stock assessments for bigeye and yellowfin tunas, which use a new probabilistic framework for informing management decisions.  Specifically, the SSC HMS Subcommittee members and NMFS staff will discuss recommendations for maximum fishing mortality threshold proxies for SDC determinations based on BSIA for these tropical tuna species using new probabilistic assessments, as well as options for using probabilistic framework assessment for HMS status determinations, more generally.

The SSC HMS Subcommittee members’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the SSC and the Pacific Council at the March meeting of the Pacific Council.

To attend the online meeting

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For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact John DeVore at 503-820-2413;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Salmon Technical Team work session February 16-19, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a work session February 16-19, 2021.  The start and ending times of this work session will be determined shortly and posted to this webpage when they become available.

Purpose of the online work session

The STT will meet online in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I – Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2021 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries.  The STT may also discuss additional topics as time allows, including but not limited to the FMP Amendment 20, inclusion of Council-adopted southern resident killer whale management measures to the salmon FMP, potential impacts to fishery management due to COVID-19 in 2020, and ecosystem or administrative matters on the Pacific Council’s March and April 2021 meetings.

To attend the online work session

Meeting details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

Technical information

Technical details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mike Burner at 503-820-2414, toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 414 or Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204, extension 410.

Salmon Technical Team work session January 19-22, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a work session January 19-22, 2021.

Agenda

Purpose of the online work session

The STT will meet online in a public work session to draft “Review of 2020 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries.  The STT may also discuss additional topics and work as time allows, including but not limited to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) Amendment 20, inclusion of Pacific Council-adopted southern resident killer whale management measures to the salmon FMP, potential impacts to fishery management due to COVID-19 in 2020, and ecosystem or administrative matters on the Pacific Council’s March and April 2021 meetings.

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
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  4. Enter your name and click JOIN.
  5. You may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing the TOLL number provided on your screen, followed by the meeting ID and participant ID (also provided on the screen)Once connected, you will be in the meeting, seeing other participants and a shared screen, if applicable.

If you are not able to use the RingCentral application via computer or mobile device, please join the “audio only” portion of the online meeting by calling one of the numbers below.

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Meeting ID: 149 222 4530

International numbers available: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/teleconference

Technical information

Attendee instructions

System requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 8 or 10
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See your phone’s App Store and search for RingCentral meeting or visit RingCentral Mobile App site)

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

For further information about the work session, please contact Mike Burner at 503-820-2414, toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 414 or Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll-free 1-866-806-7204, extension 410.

Highly Migratory Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel to hold online meetings January 15, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) and HMS Management Team (HMSMT) will conduct online meetings, which are open to the public.  The HMSMT will hold an online meeting on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The HMSMT and HMSAS will meet jointly from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or until business is completed, on the same day.

Purpose of the meetings

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking clarifications on the Pacific Council’s September 2019 proposal to authorize deep-set buoy gear and specifically criteria the Pacific Council identified for individuals to receive a permit under the proposed limited entry permit program to use the gear in the Southern California Bight. The HMSMT will first meet to discuss options for Pacific Council consideration in drafting its clarifications for NMFS. The HMSMT will then discuss these options to the HMSAS. Based on that discussion, the HMSMT will report to the Pacific Council at its March 2021 meeting on its recommendations. The HMSAS may also comment to the Pacific Council on the HMSMT recommendations at that time. The HMSMT and HMSAS may also discuss other relevant items scheduled on the Pacific Council’s March 2021 meeting agenda, time permitting.

Agenda

To attend the online meetings

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 149 603 6718 and click JOIN
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  1. Enter your name and click JOIN.
  2. You may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing the TOLL number provided on your screen, followed by the meeting ID and participant ID (also provided on the screen)
  3. Once connected, you will be in the meeting, seeing other participants and a shared screen, if applicable.

If you are not able to use the RingCentral application via computer or mobile device, please join the “audio only” portion of the online meeting by calling one of the numbers below.

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current U.S. location):

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  • Meeting ID: 149 603 6718

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact  Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 410.

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to hold online work session February 2-4, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold an online work session of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) to develop reports and products for upcoming Pacific Council meetings.  This work session is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, February 2 through Thursday, February 4, 2021, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day (Pacific Standard Time) or until business for the day has been completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The CPSMT will primarily be working on the essential fish habitat periodic review and a management flowchart/framework for the central subpopulation of northern anchovy. The CPSMT may discuss other CPS-related tasks or administrative and ecosystem matters on the Pacific Council’s March meeting agenda, as necessary.  A meeting agenda will be posted to the Pacific Council’s website in advance of the meeting.

To attend the online meetings

Meeting details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

Technical information

Technical details will be posted to this webpage as they become available.

For technical assistance, you may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412; or email Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419.

Additional information

Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the online meeting, please contact  Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Halibut

Council adopts final changes to 2021 catch sharing plan, annual regulations In November, the Council adopted final changes to the 2021 Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and annual fishing regulations consistent with the recommendations provided by California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, including the […]

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Groundfish

Council directs analysis to focus on gear switching impacts The Council wants to better understand the impacts of limiting gear switching (the use of fixed gear in the trawl individual fishing quota fishery) in order to help identify the maximum level of gear switching that should be allowed. In November, the Council directed analysts to […]