Notice: final rule for the 2020 Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

NOAA Fisheries has issued the final rule that implements the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California. This rule also announces that it may be necessary to further modify the opening dates or other fishing days for some subareas shortly after the publication […]

Highly Migratory Species Exempted Fishing Permit applications for 2020

Application process By means of exempted fishing permits (EFPs) National Marine Fisheries Service “may authorize, for limited testing, public display, data collection, exploratory fishing, compensation fishing, conservation engineering, health and safety surveys, environmental cleanup, and/or hazard removal purposes, the target or incidental harvest of species managed under an FMP or fishery regulations that would otherwise be prohibited” (50 CFR 600.745(b)). The Council reviews […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Salmon and halibut

2020 Salmon seasons set In April the Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the Pacific coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast. Due to the COVID-19 social distancing requirements, all meetings associated with the decision were held via […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Other news

Nominations open for advisory body vacancies The Council is accepting nominations for a Washington position on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel and the Northern Charter Boat Operator position on the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel. Nominations for both are due Monday, May 18. Advisory body appointments made in March In March the Council appointed Andrew Babich […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Groundfish

Council tackles large list of inseason adjustments, including shorebased carryover  In April, the Council heard from Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), and members of the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel on the unfolding impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on fishing communities. A report from the Groundfish Management Team […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Coastal pelagic species

Pacific sardine assessment, harvest specifications, and management measures set In April the Council adopted the 2020 Pacific sardine assessment with the following harvest specifications and management measures: Biomass: 28,276 metric tons (mt) Overfishing limit: 5,525 mt P* (uncertainty) buffer: 0.40 Acceptable biological catch: (Tier 2): 4,288 mt Annual catch limit: 4,288 mt Annual catch target: […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2020: Highly migratory species

NMFS publishes final rule on drift gillnet hard caps The National Marine Fisheries Service published a final rule on “hard caps” for certain protected species taken in the California/Oregon thresher shark/swordfish large mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery on February 7, 2020, which implemented a 2015 Council recommendation.   Under the regulations, the DGN fishery would immediately close […]

Climate and Communities Initiative “Scenario Deepening” webinar series; various dates May 20 through June 5

As part of its Climate and Communities Initiative (CCI) the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is sponsoring a series of webinars with its advisory bodies, which are open to the public. The webinars will be held on the following dates and times: Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Management Team: Wednesday, May 20, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Scientific […]

Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee to meet May 26, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Technical Advisory Committee (Committees) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, or until business for the day is completed.

Meeting materials

  • Proposed agenda: online meeting of the Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory and Technical Advisory Committees, May 26, 2020

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of this meeting is for the Committees to discuss materials and develop recommendations that are scheduled to be considered during the June 2020 Pacific Council meeting. Specifically, the Committees will discuss recommendations for further development of electronic monitoring policies and regulations for federally managed West Coast groundfish fisheries.  The Committees may also discuss other items on the Pacific Council’s June agenda, particularly administrative matters.

Updated! To attend the online meeting (WebEx)

  1. Join the meeting by visiting the direct meeting link: (This will prompt you to download and install the WebEx meeting application); Meeting number: 968 701 886
  2. Enter your name and email address, and then click “Next”.
  3. You will be asked for the meeting password, enter the following meeting password:  c92sTcar37p
  4. Next, you choose how you want to listen and talk:
    • Use computer for audio (default) or Use your computer with a headset or speakers.
    • Call in: If you prefer to use your phone for audio, dial this TOLL number when the meeting starts:1-408-418-9388 United States Toll; Access code: 968 701 886
  5. Next, Click “Join Meeting”.

Technical information

Prior to the meeting

Join a test meeting to make sure your audio and video devices work as expected before your meeting.

When you join a test meeting, it automatically downloads the Webex Meetings app – so it’s easier to join your next meeting.

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees supported platforms: Windows 7 32-bit/64-bit; Windows 8 32-bit/64-bit; Windows 8.1 32-bit/64-bit; Windows 10 and Windows 10 Enterprise LTSB
  • Mac®-based supported platforms: Mac OS® X 10.13 or newer
  • Linux-based supported platforms: Ubuntu 14.x or later; Open SuSE 13.x or later; Fedora 18 or later; Red Hat 6 or later; Debian 8.x or later

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

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 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 meeting, please contact Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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

The Pacific Fishery Management 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. Pacific Time, […]