Archive for February, 2011

Nominees Sought for WCPFC Advisory Committee

Friday, February 25th, 2011

NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act). The advisory committee, to be composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission.

Nominations must be received no later than April 11, 2011.

Nominations should be directed to Michael Tosatto, Acting Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, and may be submitted by any of the following means: E-mail: pir.wcpfc@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following document identifier: “Advisory committee nominations”. E-mail comments, with or without attachments, are limited to 5 megabytes. Mail or hand delivery: 1601 Kapiolani Blvd. Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814. Facsimile: 808–973–2941.

Read the full Federal Register Notice.

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March 2011 Briefing Book Available on Website

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The Briefing Book for the March 2011 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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March 2011 Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

March 2011 Council Decisions

March 2011 Meeting Minutes

March 2011 Voting Log

March 2011 Briefing Book

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NOAA's Draft National Aquaculture Policies Available for Public Comment

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are seeking public comment on complementary draft national aquaculture policies that support sustainable marine aquaculture in the United States. The intent of the policies is to guide Commerce and NOAA’s actions and decisions on aquaculture and to provide a national approach for supporting sustainable aquaculture. The NOAA Aquaculture Program will host national call-in briefings on the policies for the public. Please visit NOAA’s Aquaculture website for the dates and times of the briefings and/or to download the documents. The deadline for comments on both policies is April 11, 2011.

You may also visit the Council’s Federal Register Notice webpage to view the February 16, 2011 Federal Register Notice.

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NOAA’s Draft National Aquaculture Policies Available for Public Comment

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

The Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are seeking public comment on complementary draft national aquaculture policies that support sustainable marine aquaculture in the United States. The intent of the policies is to guide Commerce and NOAA’s actions and decisions on aquaculture and to provide a national approach for supporting sustainable aquaculture. The NOAA Aquaculture Program will host national call-in briefings on the policies for the public. Please visit NOAA’s Aquaculture website for the dates and times of the briefings and/or to download the documents. The deadline for comments on both policies is April 11, 2011.

You may also visit the Council’s Federal Register Notice webpage to view the February 16, 2011 Federal Register Notice.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel Conference Call (February 28, 2011)

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of the Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and the Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) which is open to the public.  The purpose of the joint conference call is to consider any CPS-related fisheries research proposals that will require an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) from the National Marine Fisheries Service. At its March meeting, the Council will consider adopting for public review any proposals that are submitted.  The CPSMT and CPSAS will discuss any EFP proposals, and will develop statements to be included in the March Council meeting record.

The conference call will be held on Monday, February 28, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m Pacific time.

A Public Listening Station will be available at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
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 Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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March 4-10, 2011 Council Meeting

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 4‐10, 2011 in Vancouver, Washington to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, marine protected areas, and habitat matters. Visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for further details.

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Review of 2010 Ocean Salmon Fisheries Available

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management options for the approaching fishing season.

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January 19-20, 2011 HMSMT Meeting Notes

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Read a summary of the discussions at the HMSMT meeting held in Carlsbad, California, January 19-20, 2011.

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Amendment 2 to the HMS FMP Transmitted to NMFS

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Amendment 2 to the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan was transmitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service for Secretarial review on January 27, 2011. Visit the HMS FMP Amendment 2 webpage to view the transmittal letter and Amendment 2.

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