Request for nominations for a vacancy on the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel representing Northern Charter Operations

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to consider for a vacant Northern Charter Operator position on its Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS). 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 Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee to hold online meeting May 12-14, 2020

The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and invited scientific experts will hold a meeting to review proposed length-based assessment methods followed by a workshop to explore data-limited assessment methods.  The meeting is open to the public. The Assessment Methodology Review webinar will be held from Tuesday, May 12, 2020 through Thursday, May 14, 2020 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and continuing until 5:30 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time each day or until business for the day has been completed.

Agenda

Purpose of the meeting

The purpose of the Assessment Methodology Review meeting is to review two proposed length-based assessment methodologies: a length-based Stock Synthesis (SS) modeling approach, and the Length-based Integrated Mixed Effects (LIME) assessment platform.  A review of data-limited assessment methods through the management strategy evaluation tool in the Data-Limited Methods ToolKit (DLMtool) will be conducted following the length-based assessment methods review.

To attend the online meeting (GoToWebinar)

  1. Use this link:  https://www.gotowebinar.com/join

  1. Enter the Webinar ID: 787-549-971

  2. Please enter your name and email address (required)

  3. You may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0060

  4. Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 904-227-383

  5. Enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Technical Information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10,8

  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt or call/text 503-820-2412 or  Sandra Krause or call/text 503-820-2419  for technical assistance.

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

NMFS is requesting comments on the proposed rule for 2020 harvest specifications and management measures for Pacific whiting, cowcod, and shortbelly rockfish

The National Marine Fisheries Service is requesting comments on the proposed rule for 2020 harvest specifications and management measures for Pacific whiting, cowcod, and shortbelly rockfish. This rule proposes 2020 harvest specifications for Pacific whiting, including the coastwide and U.S. Total Allowable Catch (TAC), the 2020 tribal allocation for the Pacific whiting fishery, allocations for […]

National Marine Fisheries Service publishes its final “List of Fisheries” for 2020

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2020, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The final LOF for 2020 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. This final rule is effective May 18, 2020. Information regarding the LOF may be obtained from […]

Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to hold online meeting May 7, 2020

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene an online work session of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) to review the draft Range of Alternatives (ROA) relative to the Pacific sardine rebuilding plan.  This online meeting is open to the public, and will be held Thursday, May 7, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

Agenda

Purpose of the meeting

The primary purpose of the work session is to consider a draft ROA relative to the Pacific sardine rebuilding plan. The ROA is tentatively scheduled to be considered by the Council at its June 2020 Council meeting.  Other June Council meeting agenda items may also be considered by the CPSMT, as necessary.

Updated! To attend the webinar (GoToMeeting)

Join the meeting by visiting this link:

  1. https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/343099357
  2. Click “Join” at the top right corner of page
  3. Access Code: 343-099-357
  4. Please enter your name and email address (required)
  5. You may also use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (571) 317-3122 (not a toll-free number)

Technical information

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 10, 8, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

You may send an email to Kris Kleinschmidt phone or text 503-820-2412, or Sandra Krause phone or text 503-820-2419 for technical assistance.

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 webinar, please contact  Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409;  toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

Council letter and NMFS response: Notice of waiver of observer and catch monitor coverage requirements

On April 14, 2020 the Council sent a letter to NMFS requesting a temporary suspension of federally authorized at-sea observer coverage in all West Coast fisheries (including at-sea sectors) and trawl catch share program shoreside catch monitors.  The letter came in response to comments from the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel, individual fishermen, and industry representatives who expressed strong concerns […]

Council sends letter on Columbia River Draft Environmental Impact Statement

On April 13 the Pacific Fishery Management Council sent a letter with comments on the Columbia River System Operations Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS). The letter was addressed to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, and Bureau of Reclamation. The purpose of the DEIS is to update the management of the Columbia […]

2020 salmon season tables

The 2020 salmon season tables are available here: TABLE 1. 2020 Commercial troll management measures for non-Indian ocean salmon fisheries – Council adopted. Friday, April 10, 2020, 3:37 PM TABLE 2. 2020 Recreational management measures for non-Indian ocean salmon fisheries – Council adopted. Friday, April 10, 2020, 3:39 PM TABLE 3. 2020 Treaty Indian troll […]

Press release: West Coast salmon season dates set for 2020

Portland, Or. – The Pacific Fishery Management Council has 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 […]