Archive for October, 2010

Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Work Session December 20, 2010

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) will hold a work session to develop recommendations for the process and scope of the groundfish EFH periodic 5-year review, and for the role of the EFHRC in that review. Recommendations are tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Council at the April 2011 Council meeting in San Mateo, California.

The EFHRC work session is open to the public and will be held on Monday, December 20, 2010, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the following Location:

Hyatt Place Hotel Portland Airport – Cascade Station
9750 NE Cascades Parkway, Room 3
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 December 9, 2010

Monday, October 25th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Tule Chinook Workgroup (TCW) will hold a meeting to review initial work products and revise future work plans 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.

Eventually, TCW work products will be reviewed by the Council, and if approved, would be submitted to National Marine Fisheries Service 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 a fishery management plan (FMP) amendment process beginning after November 2011 to adopt the approach as a formal conservation objective in the Salmon FMP.

The TWC will meet on Thursday, December 9, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

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

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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November 2010 Briefing Book Available on Website

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

The Briefing Book for the November 2010 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Current Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment.

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September 2010 Council Meeting

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

September 2010 Council Decisions

September 2010 Meeting Minutes

September 2010 Voting Log

September 2010 Briefing Book

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November 2010 Council Meeting

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

November 2010 Council Decisions

November 2010 Meeting Minutes

November 2010 Voting Log

November 2010 Briefing Book

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Fall Newsletter Now Available

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The Fall 2010 issue of the Pacific Council News is now available on our website.  It covers the decisions made at the September Council meeting in Boise, plus other fisheries news and information.

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Council and its Advisory Bodies to Meet November 3-9, 2010

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet November 3-9, 2010 in Costa Mesa, California, to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, habitat matters, enforcement, and ecosystem based management. Please visit the Current Council Meeting webpage for more details.

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Public Hearings on Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program on Creation of CFAs; Scoping on Trailing Actions

Monday, October 4th, 2010

Scoping on Trailing Actions for the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program

When the Council took final action on the trawl rationalization program, it recognized that there would be a number of follow-on actions (trailing actions) that it would want to consider.  At its September 2010 meeting, the Council began scoping for these trailing actions and prioritized four for initial consideration.  At its November 2010 meeting, the Council will review public comment on options that should be considered and impacts that should be analyzed with respect to these issues.  At that time the Council is scheduled to provide guidance on option development and a timetable for consideration of each of these issues.  The issues the Council identified for further consideration in November are:

  • resubmission of its recommendation that the Amendment 21 intersector allocation action replace the allocations created when the Council recommended the groundfish license limited entry system (Amendment 6, implemented in 1994);
  • cost recovery (how to set up a fee program to cover the costs of management, data collection and analysis, and enforcement activities);
  • safe harbors for exceeding the quota share control rule (exceptions to the control rule limiting how much quota share can be accumulated by a single entity, with exceptions only allowed for community fishing associations (CFAs), bycatch risk pools, and quota used as collateral for financing); and
  • severability of the mothership catcher-vessel endorsements from the permits.

In November the Council will also review historic data on trawl bycatch of Pacific halibut in order to consider whether a change to the halibut bycatch allocation to the groundfish trawl fishery should become a priority for trailing action. Other trailing actions may be considered in the future, but will not be taken up at the November Council meeting.  Public comment on scoping for trailing actions should be submitted to the Council by the briefing book deadline for the November 2010 Council meeting.  The first of these deadlines is October 15.  For more information on the deadlines, please visit the November briefing book deadlines is available on the November briefing book public comment deadline webpage.

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Public Hearings

The Council will hold public hearings on development of CFA provisions for its groundfish trawl catch share plan.  During the public hearing, comment will be solicited on the control limit exception for CFAs as well as other CFA provisions that might be added to the trawl rationalization program.  Comment is sought on both alternatives and impacts to consider.  At its November 2010 meeting, the only CFA issue the Council will be scoping is whether to provide CFAs with an exception to the control limit, however, other provisions for CFAs that are identified through these public hearings may be prioritized for later trailing actions.

The CFA hearings will be held at the following locations, dates, times, and places:

EUREKA, CA
Monday, October 25
7 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel Eureka
Evergreen Ballroom
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA  95501
Phone: 707-441-4712
PORTLAND, OR
Wednesday, October 27
2 p.m.
Sheraton Portland Airport
Mount Hood Room A
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Phone: 503-281-2500
MONTEREY, CA
Thursday, October 28
Thursday
2 p.m.
Monterey Youth Center
777 Pearl Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Phone: 831-646-3873

If you have additional questions regarding the trawl rationalization program, please contact: Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2280 ext. 416.

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Final Regulations to Implement Groundfish Amendments 20 and 21 Published

Friday, October 1st, 2010

The final regulations to initiate implementation of Amendments 20 and 21 were published in the Federal Register on October 1, 2010 (the initial allocation rule).

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