Funds applied to reduce Pacific Coast groundfish buyback loan

NOAA Fisheries will be applying $5.9 million (allocated by the Office of Management and Budget) to reduce the outstanding principal to the Pacific Coast trawl groundfish buyback loan as of January 14, 2020. This action comes after tireless effort on the part of West Coast groundfish fishery representatives, particularly Heather Mann of the Midwater Trawlers […]

NMFS announces notice of intent to prepare an EIS for HMS exempted fishing permit to fish with longline gear in the West Coast exclusive economic zone; public comment to be accepted by webinar

On August 10, 2020, NMFS announced its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, to analyze the potential short- and long-term impacts of the proposed action to issue an Exempted Fishing Permit, on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment. This notice of intent to […]

SSC Groundfish Subcommittee to hold online meeting September 2, 2020

The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online meeting to plan a later methodology review of elasmobranch harvest control rules and management reference points.  This online meeting is open to the public, and will be held Wednesday, September 2, 2020, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to plan for a later methodology review of harvest control rules (HCRs) and management reference points for managing West Coast elasmobranch species in the Pacific Council process.  The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee will plan the timing of the subsequent methodology review and the analyses needed to evaluate HCRs and management reference points to be used in deciding elasmobranch harvest specifications beginning in 2023.

No management actions will be decided by the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee.  The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee members’ role will be development of a plan for a subsequent methodology review of elasmobranch HCRs and management reference points and a report for consideration by the SSC and Pacific Council at their September and/or November 2020 meetings.

To attend the online meeting

Online access participation 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 webinar, please contact  John DeVore at 503-820-2413;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Request for nominations for a commercial fishery vacancy on the Habitat Committee

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill one commercial fishery position on its Habitat Committee (HC).  The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. Pacific […]

National Archives and Records Administration notice of availability of proposed records schedules and request for comments (electronic monitoring)

NOAA Fisheries is working with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to establish a new retention schedule for the raw imagery and other data collected by Electronic Monitoring systems. This NOAA Fisheries website provides background information, the proposed rule, the link to the NARA website, and the instructions on how to comment. Public comments are due […]

Request for nominations for a vacancy on the Salmon Advisory Subpanel representing Washington Charter Operations

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for a vacant Washington Charter Boat Operator position on its Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS).  The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than […]

Request for nominations for a Washington vacancy on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill one Washington at-large position on its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS),  The successful candidate will serve out the remainder of the 2019-2021 Council advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than 5 p.m. […]

West Coast Region Electronic Monitoring (EM) Webinar

PUBLIC NOTICE For Information Contact: NMFS-SEA-20-21 Justin Kavanaugh: Justin.Kavanaugh@noaa.gov (206) 526-4140 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2020  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces a webinar on EM program implementation for west coast groundfish. The purpose of this webinar is to review guidance materials for EM service providers, including EM Service Plan Guidelines and the […]

Council says goodbye to Rich Lincoln and hello to Butch Smith

The Council thanks Rich Lincoln for his three terms of service as a Council member, and welcomes Butch Smith in the Washington obligatory seat, effective August 11. Butch Smith  is a third-generation salmon and sturgeon fishing guide whose family owns and operates Coho Charters in Ilwaco. He is a longtime advocate for salmon and salmon […]

Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Workgroup to hold online meeting August 6-7, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho Workgroup (Workgroup) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Thursday, August 6 through Friday, August 7, 2020.  The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time each day.  The meeting times are an estimate; the meeting will adjourn when business for the day is complete.

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss data, modeling, and analysis that may be needed to develop potential alternatives for a harvest control rule for Council consideration.  The Workgroup may also discuss and prepare for future Workgroup meetings and future meetings with the Pacific Council and its advisory bodies.

Meeting Agenda

To attend the online meeting (RingCentral)

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 149 897 0907 and click JOIN
  3. Next you will be prompted to either:
    • Download the RingCentral meetings application, OR
    • Join the meeting without a download via your web browser.
  4. Please 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.
  6. Once connected, you will be in the meeting, seeing other participants and a shared screen, if applicable.

IF you do not have the ability 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 phone numbers listed below.

 Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1(650)2424929
+1(720)9027700 (US Central)
+1(213)2505700
+1(346)9804201
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+1(646)3573664
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+1(312)2630281
+1(469)4450100 (US South)
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Technical information and instructions

This information will be posted to this webpage as it becomes 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 days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact  Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2410; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 410.