Archive for August, 2010

Proposed Components Rule for Groundfish Amendment 20 (Trawl Rationalization) Published in the Federal Register

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

On August 31, 2010, the proposed components rule for the Amendment 20 trawl rationalization (catch shares) program was published in the Federal Register. This is the last of three rules which will implement the trawl rationalization program that was approved by NMFS on August 9, 2010. The comment period on this proposed rule will close on September 30, 2010. It is expected that starting in 2011, groundfish trawl limited entry vessels will be required to have individual fishing quota to participate in the shoreside fishery and that whiting mothership catcher vessels and catcher processors will be required to have endorsements on their trawl permits that allow them to participate in a a co-op system for each of their sectors, respectively.

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SSC's Salmon Subcommittee, STT, and MEW Work Session (October 19-20, 2010)

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a joint work session with the Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW), which will be open to the public.

The work session will be held October 19-20, 2010.  The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19 and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20.

The purpose of the work session is to brief the STT and SSC Salmon Subcommittee on:

  • Oregon coastal natural coho abundance predictor
  • Evaluation of indicator stock tag groups for Columbia River summer Chinook
  • A progress report on abundance‐based management framework for Lower Columbia River tule fall Chinook
  • An update and revision of natural production information in the Lower Columbia River natural coho harvest management matrix
  • Review and evaluation of mark‐selective fishery reports
  • An update on methods to forecast ocean abundance of Columbia River fall Chinook
  • An analysis of bias in Chinook and Coho Fishery Regulation Assessment Models due to multiple encounters in mark-selective fisheries
  • Proposed changes to the conservation objectives for Puget Sound coho

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hyatt Place Hotel Portland Airport
9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Rooms 3 and 4
Portland, OR  97220
Telephone: 503-288-2808

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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SSC’s Salmon Subcommittee, STT, and MEW Work Session (October 19-20, 2010)

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a joint work session with the Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW), which will be open to the public.

The work session will be held October 19-20, 2010.  The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 19 and 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 20.

The purpose of the work session is to brief the STT and SSC Salmon Subcommittee on:

  • Oregon coastal natural coho abundance predictor
  • Evaluation of indicator stock tag groups for Columbia River summer Chinook
  • A progress report on abundance‐based management framework for Lower Columbia River tule fall Chinook
  • An update and revision of natural production information in the Lower Columbia River natural coho harvest management matrix
  • Review and evaluation of mark‐selective fishery reports
  • An update on methods to forecast ocean abundance of Columbia River fall Chinook
  • An analysis of bias in Chinook and Coho Fishery Regulation Assessment Models due to multiple encounters in mark-selective fisheries
  • Proposed changes to the conservation objectives for Puget Sound coho

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hyatt Place Hotel Portland Airport
9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Rooms 3 and 4
Portland, OR  97220
Telephone: 503-288-2808

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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Tule Chinook Workgroup To Hold Work Session September 30, 2010

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Tule Chinook Workgroup (TCW) will hold a meeting to discuss issues and make assignments relative to developing an abundance-based harvest management approach for Columbia River natural tule Chinook.  This meeting of the TCW is open to the public.

This first meeting of the TCW will be primarily an organizational meeting.  Eventually, TCW work products will be reviewed by the Council, and if approved, would be submitted to NMFS for possible consideration in the next Lower Columbia River tule biological opinion for ocean salmon seasons in 2012 and beyond, and distributed to State and Federal recovery planning processes.  In the event a usable approach emerges from this process, the Council may consider an FMP amendment process beginning after November 2011 to adopt the approach as a formal conservation objective in the Salmon FMP.

The meeting will be held Thursday, September 30, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR  97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities.  Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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Groundfish DEIS for 2011-2012 Proposed Harvest Specifications Available

Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

Notice of Availability

The document Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Proposed Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for the 2011-2012 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery and Amendment 16-5 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Plan to Adopt a Rebuilding Plan for Petrale Sole, dated August 2010 has been posted to the Council’s groundfish upcoming harvest specifications webpage.

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Council and its Advisory Bodies to Meet September 10‐16, 2010

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet September 10-16 in Boise, Idaho, to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, habitat matters, and marine protected areas. Visit the Current Council Meeting webpage for more details. Please note, some advisory bodies will begin meeting on September 10, Council session begins September 11.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Groups Telephone Conference (September 2, 2010)

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a joint meeting by telephone conference to review and develop statements on draft Terms of Reference (TOR) for potential new CPS survey methodologies and for the upcoming Stock Assessment Review Panel process.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review and discuss the two draft TOR documents, and develop statements to the Pacific Fishery Management Council for its meeting September 10-16 in Boise, Idaho.  The CPSAS and CPSMT are not scheduled to meet during the September Council meeting.

The telephone conference will be held Thursday, September 2, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., or when business for the day is completed.

A public listening station will be available at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council Office
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further information, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at (503) 820-2280 or 1-866-806-7204.

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September Briefing Book SUPPLEMENTAL Public Comment Deadline

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The next Council meeting will be held September 11-16, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel Boise – Riverside in Boise, Idaho. Comments received by 11:59 p.m. on August 25 will be included in the briefing books mailed to Council members prior to the September meeting. Comments received by 11:59 p.m. on September 6 will be distributed to Council members at the onset of the September meeting (Supplemental Public Comment).

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September Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

The next Council meeting will be held September 11-16, 2010, at the Doubletree Hotel Boise – Riverside in Boise, Idaho. Comments received by 11:59 p.m. on August 25 will be included in the briefing books mailed to Council members prior to the September meeting. Comments received by 11:59 p.m. on September 2 will be distributed to Council members at the onset of the September meeting.

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