Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Highly Migratory Species

Highly migratory species advisory bodies to review options on deep-set buoy gear limited entry program NMFS briefed the Council on elements of its final preferred alternative for the deep-set buoy gear limited entry program that require clarification, including the qualification criteria for a limited entry permit. The highly migratory species advisory bodies will review options […]

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Salmon

2021 preseason salmon management schedule set  The Council approved the 2021 salmon management schedule in November. All meetings and hearings are expected to be conducted online. A summary of the schedule is provided below. Jan. 19-22, 2021: The Salmon Technical Team (STT) meets to draft Review of 2020 Ocean Salmon Fisheries. (Available mid-February)  Feb. 16-19: […]

Pacific Council News Winter 2020: Features, Legislation, Habitat and Appointments

An Interview with Don Hansen: The whale watching business This is the third and last part of our interview with Don Hansen, who has been involved in the Council process since it started in 1976. I started whale watching on the West Coast. Phil Grignon down at San Clemente high school here, had his biology […]

Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee to hold online meeting January 12, 2021

The Ecosystem Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online meeting to consult with the National Marine Fisheries Service California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) team on how COVID-19 impacts may affect its annual Ecosystem Status Report to the Pacific Council.  The meeting is open to the public and will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2021 beginning at 9 a.m. Pacific Standard Time and continuing until 1 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.

Agenda

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the SSC Ecosystem Subcommittee meeting is to discuss impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic with the CCIEA team and how such impacts might affect its annual Ecosystem Status Report to the Pacific Council.  The topics to be discussed are:

  • Adjustments to forage time series analyses to ensure consistency with previous years’ data;
  • Environmental driver: biological response thresholds analysis ; and
  • Groundfish distribution, port availability shifts, and impacts to catch portfolios.

The SSC Ecosystem Subcommittee members’ role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the SSC and the Pacific Council at the March 2021 Pacific Council meeting.

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 148 919 0062 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.

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 location):

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  • +1(312)2630281
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Meeting ID: 148 919 0062

Technical information

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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 John DeVore at 503-820-2413;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Washington submits draft plan to distribute Federal relief funding

Washington State announced on December 8 that it has submitted a draft plan for how to distribute $50 million in Federal relief funding to members of Washington’s commercial seafood, shellfish and charter industries to NOAA Fisheries for review and approval. Under Section 12005 of the CARES Act, Congress provided $300 million to states to distribute […]

Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast Coho Workgroup to host online meeting January 5, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Workgroup (Workgroup) will host an online meeting that is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2021 from 9 a.m., Pacific Standard 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 discuss Council guidance from their November 2020 meeting and continue to develop associated modeling and analysis needed to prepare for a progress report on a risk analysis and potential harvest control rule alternatives for Council consideration at their April 2021 meeting.  The Workgroup may also discuss and prepare for future Workgroup meetings and future meetings with the Council and its advisory bodies.

Meeting Agenda

Ad Hoc Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Workgroup Meeting

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 149 533 9299 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 computer audio or 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, mobile device or join via web browser, 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 location):

  • (623) 404-9000 (US West)
  • (646) 357-3664
  • (650) 242-4929
  • (470) 869-2200 (US East)
  • (720) 902-7700 (US Central)
  • (773) 231-9226 (US North)
  • (213) 250-5700
  • (312) 263-0281
  • (346) 980-4201
  • (469) 445-0100 (US South)

Technical information

Attendee instructions

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 meeting, please contact Mike Burner at 503-820-2414, toll free 1-866-806-7204, extension 414.

Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers online meeting will be held January 4, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will host an online meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities that is open to the public.  The meeting will be held Monday, January 4, 2021 (delayed until 1:30 pm) Pacific Standard Time.

Agenda

Purpose of the meeting

The primary purpose of the online meeting is to prepare and develop recommendations for the 2021 International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) annual meeting held online from January 25 through January 29, 2021.  Recommendations generated from the 2A managers meeting will be communicated to the IPHC by the Pacific Council’s representatives.  Attendees may also address other topics relating to Pacific halibut management.

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 148 852 8100 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.

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):

  • +1(213)2505700
  • +1(312)2630281
  • +1(346)9804201
  • +1(469)4450100 (US South)
  • +1(470)8692200 (US East)
  • +1(623)4049000 (US West)
  • +1(646)3573664
  • +1(650)2424929
  • +1(720)9027700 (US Central)
  • +1(773)2319226 (US North)

Meeting ID: 148 852 8100

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

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

Groundfish Management Team to hold online work session January 11-15, 2021

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a week-long work session that is open to the public.  The GMT meeting will be held Monday, January 11 through Friday, January 15, 2021 from 9 a.m., Pacific Standard Time, until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the work session

The primary purpose of this week-long work session is for the GMT to prepare for 2021 Pacific Council meetings. Specific agenda items will include: a detailed review of 2021/2022 harvest specifications and management measure process, planning for the 2023/2024 harvest specifications and management measure process, stock assessment and review planning, and GMT chair/vice chair elections.  The GMT may also address groundfish management actions the Pacific Council has indicated on their year-at-a-glance calendar, such as: mothership utilization, non-trawl rockfish conservation area management changes, and sablefish gear switching. A detailed agenda will be available prior to the meeting.

Work session agenda

To attend the online meeting

  1. Join the meeting by using this link: https://meetings.ringcentral.com/join,
  2. Enter the Meeting ID: 148 193 1633 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. 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.

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

US: +1(650)2424929
+1(720)9027700 (US Central)
+1(773)2319226 (US North)
+1(213)2505700
+1(312)2630281
+1(346)9804201
+1(469)4450100 (US South)
+1(470)8692200 (US East)
+1(623)4049000 (US West)
+1(646)3573664

Meeting ID: 148 193 1633

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

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

November 2020 Decision Summary Document

November 13, 16-20, 2020 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 […]