Cautionary Note — These preliminary motions do not represent the final official administrative record. The motions and amendments contained in this blog are as projected on the screen at the Council meeting at the time of the Council vote and often use expedited language and references without the benefit of any final editing or proofing. They may use short-hand language or abbreviations that may not be clear without the context of verbal comments and clarifications made during their development at the meeting, or may contain inadvertent transposition errors. They have not been approved by the Council to represent the final official record of Council action. The final official record will be posted on the Council website after the Council approves the full meeting record at a future Council meeting.

Offshore Wind News

This is a resource page that summarizes and updates readers about what’s happening in offshore wind off the West Coast. BOEM = Bureau of Ocean Energy ManagementNOAA = National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Council activities April Council meeting: Offshore wind issues were discussed under agenda item H2 (Update on Executive Order 13921), and during the […]

Sablefish management strategy evaluation workshop to be held online April 27-28, 2021

The Pacific Sablefish Transboundary Assessment Team (PSTAT), in collaboration with the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC), Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), and North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC), is holding a public workshop to solicit feedback on the ongoing range-wide sablefish management strategy evaluation (MSE).   The Sablefish MSE Workshop is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, April 27, 2021 through Wednesday, April 28, 2021 beginning at 1:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and ending at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, reconvening at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday and ending at 5 p.m. or when business for the workshop has been completed.

Ad Hoc Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Workgroup to hold online meeting May 12, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ad Hoc Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Workgroup (Workgroup) will host an online meeting that is open to the public.

Meeting Details

The Workgroup meeting will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2021 from 9 a.m., Pacific Daylight Time, until 5 p.m., or until business for the day has been completed.

Purpose of the meeting

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

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link:
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 145 522 7207 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,

  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.

For the best audio experience, please use computer audio. 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.

iPhone one-tap :

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

 US: +1(469)4450100,,1455227207#
Or Telephone:
    Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
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Technical information

How to join a RingCentral Meeting

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 Robin Ehlke at 503-820-2426; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 426.

Notice of availability for Amendment 18 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability in the Federal Register (86 FR 14401, March 16, 2021) announcing Amendment 18 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 18 would implement a rebuilding plan for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine. Comments on the proposed amendment must be received by May 17, 2021.  In order to […]

Washington extends application deadline for federal relief funding to commercial fishing industries

Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission now accepting applications through April 9 Eligible commercial fishing, shellfish, charter and seafood sector industry members who have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic now have through April 9 to apply with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) for assistance. The 15-day extension includes additional time for industry […]

Three Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled to be Held Online

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene three Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels this year to review new stock assessments for Dover sole, spiny dogfish, lingcod, and vermilion and sunset rockfishes.  These STAR Panel meetings are open to the public, and will be held online. Dates and times of the STAR Panel meetings […]

March 2021 Decision Summary Document

March 4-5, 8-11, 2021 Council Meeting Decision Summary Documents are highlights of significant decisions made at Council meetings.  Results of agenda items that do not reach a level of highlight significance are typically not described in the Decision Summary Document.  For a more detailed account of Council meeting discussions, see the Council meeting record and […]