NOAA Fisheries announces emergency action to temporarily extend the primary sablefish fishery season

Published in the Federal Register October 27, 2020: Emergency rule to temporarily extend the 2020 sablefish primary fishery from October 31, 2020 to December 31, 2020. This action is necessary to provide operational flexibility so that vessels in the sablefish primary fishery are able to fully harvest their tier limits despite high economic uncertainty in […]

Request for comments: proposed rule for salmon bycatch minimization measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery

NOAA Fisheries announces a proposed rule to implement measures to minimize incidental take of Endangered Species Act-listed salmon by vessels in the Pacific coast groundfish fishery. The proposed rule will publish tomorrow, October 20, 2020 in the Federal Register. The pre-publication version of the proposed rule is available for public inspection. When the proposed rule publishes, it will […]

Budget Committee to hold online meeting November 4

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Budget Committee will hold a meeting to consider budget issues as outlined in the Budget Committee agenda for the November 2020 Council Meeting. This online meeting is open to the public, and will be held Wednesday, November 4, 2020 from 1 p.m. Pacific Standard Time, until business for the day has been completed.

To attend the online meeting (RingCentral)

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:  https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1481794736
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System requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 8 or 10
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  • 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 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact  Patricia Crouse at 503-820-2408;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Pacific Council News Fall 2020: Coastal Pelagic Species

Pacific sardine rebuilding plan approved In September the Council approved a rebuilding plan for Pacific sardine, which was declared overfished in June 2019.  The Council selected the status quo (Alternative 1) as the preferred management alternative to achieve stock rebuilding, which takes into account the needs of the fishery, the biology of the stock, and […]

NOAA requesting comments on proposed rule for 2021-2022 biennial specifications and management measures

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published the proposed rule for the 2021-2022 biennial specifications and management measures, including Amendment 29 on October 2, 2020. The accompanying Environmental Assessment is provided here. This rule, if approved, would establish the harvest specifications and management measures for the next two years. These specifications and management measures were […]

Request for Nominations for a Vacancy on the Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel Representing the Conservation Community

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to consider for a vacant Conservation position on its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS).  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 […]

Groundfish Management Team to hold online meeting November 6, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold an online meeting to discuss items on the Pacific Council’s November 2020 meeting agenda.  This meeting is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Friday, November 6, 2020, starting at 9 a.m. (Pacific Standard Time) and ending at 12 p.m., or when business for the day is complete.

Meeting agenda

Purpose of the meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare for the Pacific Council’s November 2020 meeting. The GMT will discuss items related to groundfish and Pacific halibut management and administrative Pacific Council agenda items. A detailed agenda for the webinar will be available on the Pacific Council’s website prior to the meeting. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 149 819 3717 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.

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  • 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 503-280-2412 at least ten business days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact  Todd Phillips at 503-820-2426; toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 426.

Pre-Assessment Workshop to be held online October 26-27, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and the NMFS Northwest Science Center will hold an online workshop to review data and analyses proposed to inform new assessments for Dover sole, copper rockfish, quillback rockfish, and squarespot scheduled to be conducted next year, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Monday, October 26, 2020, starting at 12:30 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) and ending at 4:30 p.m., or when business for the day is complete.  The pre-assessment workshop will continue on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and continuing until 4:30 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.

Meeting materials

Proposed agenda: Pre-Assessment Workshop for 2021 Groundfish Stock Assessments of Dover Sole, Copper Rockfish, Quillback Rockfish, and Squarespot Rockfish

Link to Pacific Council’s FTP site for meeting materials

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the pre-assessment workshop is to review data and analyses proposed to inform 2021 assessments for Dover sole, copper rockfish, quillback rockfish, and squarespot rockfish.  Stock assessment teams will solicit advice from data stewards, stakeholders, and fishery managers knowledgeable about these stocks and these data to prepare for these assessments.

No management actions will be decided by the workshop participants.  The participants’ role will be development of recommendations for consideration by the stock assessment teams assigned to conduct these assessments.  Assessments for these four stocks are tentatively scheduled for peer review in a May 3-7, 2021 Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel.  The Pacific Council and the Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee are scheduled to consider these draft assessments for use in informing management decisions at their June 2021 meeting in Vancouver, WA.

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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.

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Meeting ID: 148 950 5204

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

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  • 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 503-280-2412 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, extension 413.

Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee to hold online meeting October 23, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee Groundfish Subcommittee (SSC Groundfish Subcommittee) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Friday, October 23, 2020, starting at 2 p.m. (Pacific Daylight Time) and ending at 4 p.m., or until business for the day is complete.

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee meeting is to review proposed length-based assessment methods.  This is a follow-up review of stock synthesis with catch and length (SS-CL) and SS-CL with indices (SS-CL-Index) methods proposed by the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center that occurred on May 12-14, 2020.  The SSC recommended this review at the November 2020 Pacific Council meeting to review several short-term tasks, detailed in section 6 of the May 12-14 Methods Review Panel report.

Meeting materials

Meeting Agenda

Meeting materials can be found on our FTP site

 

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/j/1487103040
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 148 710 3040 and click JOIN
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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(346)9804201
+1(623)4049000 (US West)
+1(650)2424929
+1(720)9027700 (US Central)
+1(213)2505700
+1(469)4450100 (US South)
+1(470)8692200 (US East)
+1(646)3573664
+1(773)2319226 (US North)
+1(312)2630281

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 503-280-2412 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, extension 413.