Pacific Council News Spring 2019: Groundfish

Changes to groundfish essential fish habitat, Rockfish Conservation Areas approved In March the Council approved sending groundfish fishery management plan Amendment 28 for Secretarial review. Amendment 28 incorporates changes to groundfish essential fish habitat, trawl rockfish conservation areas, deepwater bottom contact gear closures, and other groundfish fishery and habitat protections. The Council also amended a […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2019: Salmon

Salmon seasons set for 2019 In April the Council adopted ocean salmon season recommendations that provide recreational and commercial opportunities for most of the west coast, and achieve conservation goals for the numerous individual salmon stocks on the West Coast. A large increase in hatchery coho over last year will provide a welcome increase in […]

Pacific Council News Spring 2019: Habitat and ecosystem

State of the California Current Report notes ecosystem improvements and challenges In March the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers reported on the 2019 Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report. Several ecological indicators in 2018 reflect average or improving conditions. For example, the copepod community off Newport was predominately […]

Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee May 21-22, 2019 meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) met, May 21-22, 2019. Meeting documents Based on its proceedings at this meeting, the SaMTAAC provided a progress report to the Council (Information Report 2, June 2019 briefing book) May 2019 Meeting Agenda SaMTAAC Agenda Item B, Attachment 1: Process […]

2018 newsletters

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Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee October 11-12, 2018 meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) met,October 11-12, 2018. Meeting documents Based on its proceedings at this and the June 2018 meeting, the SaMTAAC provided a progress report to the Council (Supplemental Information Report 6, November 2018 briefing book) October 11-12, 2018 SaMTAAC meeting agenda SaMTAAC Agenda […]

Ad Hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee June 29, 2018 meeting

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s ad hoc Sablefish Management and Trawl Allocation Attainment Committee (SaMTAAC) met June 29, 2018. Meeting documents June 29, 2018 SaMTAAC Meeting Agenda SaMTAAC Agenda Item B, Attachment 1: Review Committee Charge and Calendar SaMTAAC Agenda Item C, Attachment 1: Review of Alternatives SaMTAAC Agenda Item C, Attachment 2: Appendices to […]

2017 Climate and Communities Initiative activities

In March 2017 the Council initially scoped a potential Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiative to take up in the coming years and requested the Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) to report back in September 2017 with more information to choose between a combined initiative on the socio-economic effects of fisheries management practices on fishing communities (A.2.7) […]

2017 newsletters

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2017: Final preferred alternative for non-whiting midwater trawl and bottom trawl fisheries

The Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEMPAC) and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEMTAC) met via webinar twice in early 2017 to discuss final recommendations for an electronic monitoring program for the non-whiting midwater trawl fishery for rockfish, as well as the bottom trawl fishery. The GEMPAC revised its preferred alternatives it selected […]