Archive for March, 2011

April Council Meeting to be Streamed Live on Internet

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The April 7-13 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be streamed live on the internet. The live audio will be broadcast starting Saturday, April 9 at 9 a.m. Pacific time.The agenda for the April meeting can be found here.

To listen, go to this link. Please note that your name and email address will be required to join the meeting.

If you are unable to join the meeting through the above link, then please follow these steps:

1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/pacificfishery/join

2. Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: PQ3ZT5
Location: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/pacificfishery.

For more information on how to use the Microsoft Live Meeting live streaming service, please see the Quick Reference Guide. You may also send an email to Sandra for additional assistance.

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April 2011 Briefing Book Available on Website

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

The Briefing Book for the April 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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Request for Nominations: Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Currently, the Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to fill three vacancies on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP). These positions represent the following fishing industry sectors of the west coast groundfish fishery:

  1. Processor (this is an at-large position)
  2. Open Access Fishery North of Cape Mendocino
  3. Washington Charter Boat Operator

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” Webpage for all the details.

To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than May 18, 2011.

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Review of Assessment Methods for Data-Poor Groundfish Species Scheduled

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A panel tasked with reviewing assessment methods for data-poor groundfish species will hold a work session that is open to the public.  The purpose of the Review of Assessment Methods for Data-Poor Species is to review assessment methods for use on data-poor or data-limited stocks in the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and provide a list of endorsed methods to the Pacific Fishery Management Council.  Stock assessment methods including Depletion-Corrected Average Catch (DCAC) and Depletion-Based Stock Reduction Analysis (DB-SRA) will be reviewed at the meeting.  Several developments of these methods have been proposed, which could raise stocks from Category 3 (catch-based only) to Category 2 in the Groundfish FMP tier system.  Category 2 stocks are those where a basic assessment model is fit to trend information.  The panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Council at its June meeting in Spokane, Washington.

The Review of Assessment Methods for Data-Poor Species will be held beginning at 8:00 a.m., Monday, April 25, 2011 and end at 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.  The panel will reconvene on Tuesday, April 26 and will continue through Friday, April 29, 2011 beginning at 8:00 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.  The panel will adjourn on Friday, April 29, 2011.

The Review of Assessment Methods for Data-Poor Species will be held at:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California  95060
Telephone: 831-420-3900

This 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.

For further information regarding the review of assessment methods for data-poor groundfish species, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280 ext. 413 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Tule Chinook Workgroup To Hold Work Session

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Tule Chinook Workgroup To Hold Work Session

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 Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following location:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Region 5 Office
2108 Grand Boulevard
Vancouver, Washington, 98661
Telephone: 360-696-6211

For further information regarding the TCW work session, please contact Mr. Chuck Tracy at 503-820-2280 ext. 415; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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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Ecosystem-Based Management Advisory Subpanel & Subcommittee to Hold Work Sessions

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Ecosystem-Based Management Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Hold Work Sessions to Develop recommendations on an Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene meetings of the Ecosystem-Based Management Subcommittee (Subcommittee) of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) that are open to the public.  Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of considering recommendations to the Council on the development of an Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan (EFMP).

These work sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21, 2011 with each day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m., or when business for the day is completed. The Subcommittee will begin on Tuesday, April 19 and adjourn on Wednesday April 20.  The EAS will formally join the Subcommittee in a joint session beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20. The EAS session will continue on Thursday, April 21.

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
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

The Subcommittee session will focus on incorporating ecosystem science into the Council management process.  The joint session of the Subcommittee and the EAS will focus on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment.  The EAS will also discuss available science and its potential application with the SSC and will develop recommendations on the EFMP’s purpose and need, regulatory authority, and management unit species for the June 2011 Council meeting in Spokane, Washington.

For further information regarding the ecosystem-based management advisory subpanel and subcommittee work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280 ext. 414; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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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Ecosystem-Based Management Advisory Subpanel & Subcommittee to Hold Work Sessions

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Ecosystem-Based Management Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee and the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Hold Work Sessions to Develop recommendations on an Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene meetings of the Ecosystem-Based Management Subcommittee (Subcommittee) of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) that are open to the public.  Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of considering recommendations to the Council on the development of an Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan (EFMP).

These work sessions will be held on Tuesday, April 19 through Thursday, April 21, 2011 with each day beginning at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m., or when business for the day is completed. The Subcommittee will begin on Tuesday, April 19 and adjourn on Wednesday April 20.  The EAS will formally join the Subcommittee in a joint session beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 20. The EAS session will continue on Thursday, April 21.

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
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

The Subcommittee session will focus on incorporating ecosystem science into the Council management process.  The joint session of the Subcommittee and the EAS will focus on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment.  The EAS will also discuss available science and its potential application with the SSC and will develop recommendations on the EFMP’s purpose and need, regulatory authority, and management unit species for the June 2011 Council meeting in Spokane, Washington.

For further information regarding the ecosystem-based management advisory subpanel and subcommittee work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280 ext. 414; or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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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Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council's Website

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2011 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XA184 has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2011 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

This document has been prepared by the staff of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Salmon Technical Team (STT) to describe the Council’s proposed ocean salmon management Alternatives for 2011 and characterize their expected impacts on ocean salmon fisheries and the stocks which support them. The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments may be presented at the public hearings. Additional comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting.

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Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council’s Website

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2011 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XA184 has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2011 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

This document has been prepared by the staff of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Salmon Technical Team (STT) to describe the Council’s proposed ocean salmon management Alternatives for 2011 and characterize their expected impacts on ocean salmon fisheries and the stocks which support them. The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments may be presented at the public hearings. Additional comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting.

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Wave energy databases updated

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

The Council’s databases of active and defunct hydrokinetic projects off the West Coast have been updated.

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