Archive for January, 2011

Date Change for June 2012 Council Meeting

Monday, January 31st, 2011

There has been a change in the date for the June, 2012 Council meeting from the proposed dates previously published in Pacific Council materials. At the November 2010 Pacific Council meeting, it was brought to our attention the North Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting dates were essentially the same as our June 2012 Council meeting dates, which we try to avoid because of scheduling conflicts for some Council and advisory body members, and those members of the public that try to attend both meetings. North Pacific staff had already finalized arrangements for their meeting but, fortunately, we had not yet contracted a venue for our meeting and were able to change our dates to June 20-25, 2012. This time frame avoids Father’s Day, which is June 17 that year, as has always been the case in past Pacific Council June Council meetings. We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause. The Pacific Council website shows updated Council meeting dates and locations for 2011 and 2012: Please visit the Future Council Meetings webpage to view this information.

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Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee Conference Call (February 25, 2011)

Monday, January 31st, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) will hold a work session by conference call to follow up on work assignments from its December 20, 2010 meeting. The purpose of this meeting is to plan for reporting to the Council at its April, 2011 meeting in San Mateo, California.

The conference call will be held on Friday, February 25, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m.

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

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

The public listening station is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

For further information please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409.

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Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Hold a Work Session (February 16, 2011)

Monday, January 24th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) that is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of reviewing a report of the Ecosystem Plan Development Team (EPDT) and considering recommendations to the Council on the development of an Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan (EFMP).

The EAS will meet on Wednesday, February 16, 2011, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m., or when business for the day is completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Hyatt Place – Portland Airport
Meeting Place #3
9750 NE Cascades Parkway
Portland, Oregon 97220
Telephone: 503-288-2808

Hyatt Place Website

At the September 2010 Council meeting, the Council tasked the EPDT with a review of the Council’s four fishery management plans (FMPs) to identify existing ecosystem-based principles as well as common management needs that may benefit from a coordinated overarching EFMP framework. The EPDT is meeting January 26 – 27, 2011 and plans to provide its final report in advance of the EAS meeting. The EPDT report is also scheduled to be included in the March 2011 Council Briefing Book and be presented to the Council and its Advisory Bodies at the March 5-10, 2011 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. EAS recommendations to the Council on the development of an EFMP are anticipated to be discussed on February 16th and may be presented to the Council in March.

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

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Tule Chinook Workgroup To Hold Work Session (February 10, 2011)

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

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 meeting will be held Thursday, February 10, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 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 Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions about the TCW work session, please contact Mr. Chuck Tracy at 503-820-2280, ext. 415.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Assessment Methodology Review Panel to Meet (February 3-5, 2011)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Coastal Pelagic Species Methodology Review Panel (Panel) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. The purpose of this meeting is to consider acoustic-trawl survey and data analysis methods, to assess their utility in stock assessment models to monitor trends at the population level for Pacific sardine and other CPS stocks.

The Methodology Panel meeting will be held on Thursday, February 3, 2011 through Saturday, February 5, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until business for each day is completed.

These meetings will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Torrey Pines Campus, Large Conference Room
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Phone: 858-546-7000

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

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Meet (February 1-2, 2011)

Monday, January 10th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT), which is open to the public. The purpose of this meeting is to initiate discussion of potential changes to the Pacific sardine Harvest Control Rule, and market squid benchmarks; election of officers, discuss potential exempted fishing permits, and prepare the Methodology Review Panel meeting (scheduled for February 3-5, 2011).

The CPSMT meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 and Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. or until business for each day is completed.

These meetings will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Torrey Pines Campus, Large Conference Room
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Phone: 858-546-7000

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

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Joint Canada-U.S. Review Panel for Pacific Hake/Whiting to Hold Work Session (February 7-11, 2011)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

A joint U.S.-Canada review panel for the 2011 Pacific hake/whiting stock assessment will hold a work session, which is open to the public.

The Joint Canada-U.S. Review Panel will meet beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, February 7, 2011 and will continue through Friday, February 11, 2011. The meeting will convene at 8 a.m. (Tuesday through Friday) and end at 5:30 p.m. each day or until business for each day is completed. The meeting will adjourn at 12 p.m., Friday, February 11, 2011.

The purpose of the Joint Canada-U.S. Review Panel for Pacific hake/whiting is to review draft 2011 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for Pacific whiting, work with the Stock Assessment Team to make necessary revisions, and produce a Joint Canada-U.S. Review Panel report for use by the Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2011 fisheries. No management actions will be decided by the Panel. The Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Council at its March meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

The Joint Canada-U.S. Review Panel for Pacific hake/whiting will meet at the following location:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Telephone: 1-800-899-0251
Review Panel Contact: Ms. Stacey Miller, 206-437-5670

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 Process Improvement Committee to Meet (February 3-4, 2011)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Process Improvement Committee (PIC) will hold a work session that is open to the public.

The purpose of the PIC work session is to develop an optimum detailed process and schedule for the 2013-2014 groundfish biennial cycle for harvest specifications and management measures. The PIC will also consider whether an amendment to the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan should be pursued by the Council for long term solutions.  The PIC recommendations will be brought forward for Council consideration and action at its April 9-14 meeting in San Mateo, California.

The PIC meeting will be held Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. until business for the day is completed.  The PIC meeting will reconvene Friday, February 4, from 8:30 a.m. until noon.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon  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.

For further information, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames or Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280.

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March Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 5-10 Council Meeting in Vancouver, WA

Comments or materials received by 11:59 pm, February 10, 2010, will be mailed to Council members prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.” Important: Materials included before this deadline will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting.

Comments or materials received at the Council office after February 10 but by 11:59 pm, February 27 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

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Ecosystem Plan Development Team to Hold Work Session (January 26-27, 2011)

Monday, January 3rd, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Ecosystem Plan Development Team (EPDT) that is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of drafting a report and recommendations to the Council on the development of an Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan (EFMP).

The EPDT will meet on Wednesday, January 26, 2011, beginning at 1:30 p.m. and on Thursday, January 27 beginning at 8:30 a.m. Both meeting sessions will conclude at 5:00 p.m., or when business for each day is completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Conference Room
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-420-3900

At the September 2010 Council meeting, the EPDT and the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel provided an initial report on EFMP development that included a draft statement of purpose and need, a list of initial goals and objectives, and options for the EFMP’s geographic range, managed species, and regulatory scope. In response, the Council tasked the EPDT with a review of the Council’s four fishery management plans (FMPs) to identify existing ecosystem-based principles as well as common management needs that may benefit from a coordinated overarching EFMP framework. A draft version of an EPDT report responding to the Council’s direction will be reviewed at this meeting and is ultimately scheduled to be presented to the Council and its Advisory Bodies at the March 2011 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

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.

For further information regarding the EPDT work session, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280 ext. 414.

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