Archive for April, 2011

Proposed Rule to Implement Amendment 2 to the Highly Migratory Species FMP Published

Friday, April 29th, 2011

The proposed rule to implement Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species was published in the Federal Register on April 29, 2011.

The comment deadline is May 31, 2011. Read the Proposed Rule to Implement Amendment 2 to the HMS FMP for further details.

The proposed rule would change the suite of management unit species, modify the process for revising numerical estimates of maximum sustainable yield and optimal yield, and specify status determination criteria so that overfishing and overfished determinations can be made for all management unit species.

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World Ocean's Day

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

On June 8th, celebrate “World Ocean’s Day”. See the World Ocean’s Day website on how to get involved. This year’s theme is “Youth: The Next Wave for Change”.

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World Ocean’s Day

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

On June 8th, celebrate “World Ocean’s Day”. See the World Ocean’s Day website on how to get involved. This year’s theme is “Youth: The Next Wave for Change”.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Conference Call

Monday, April 25th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a conference call of its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) that is open to the public. The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop a report to provide advice to the Pacific Council’s Ecosystem Plan Development Team, in advance of the June Council meeting. Other topics may be discussed as time allows, at the discretion of the CPSAS Chair. These topics may include the 2011 Pacific mackerel stock assessment, Pacific sardine management, and future meeting planning.

The conference call will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

A 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

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSAS conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Free Workshop on West Coast Electronic Fishery Information Systems (OSU)

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Oregon State University (along with fisheries partners) will hold a two-day workshop to provide an overview of the changes occurring on the West Coast with respect to RT and NRT fishery data collecting systems and examples of innovative approaches being developed in the U.S. and Canada. Interactive workshop sessions will provide opportunities for exploring many of the issues related to developing and implementing these systems including technology, privacy, transparency, costs, interoperability, contracting, and data uses.

The workshop will be held on May 3-4, 2011 at the Sheraton Portland Airport, Portland, OR.

This is open to all fishermen, fishery managers, scientists, and NGOs. All other interested parties are welcome to participate.

Please visit the OSU Marine Research website for more info. Or you may contact Ms. Nancy Steinberg, Project Coordinator, or Dr. Gil Sylvia, Oregon State University, Committee Chair, with questions.

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Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to Revise National Standard 10 Guidelines

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

On April 20, 2011, NMFS filed with the Federal Register an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the National Standard 10 Guidelines and is requesting public comment on potential adjustments to the Guidelines. National Standard 10 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act states “Conservation and management measures shall, to the extent practicable, promote the safety of human life at sea.” The National Standard 10 Guidelines are the primary source of NMFS guidance for the consideration of safety issues in fishery management.

Visit the NOAA Fisheries Website to get the proposed rule, comment deadline information, and contact info.

You may also download the Proposed Rule for National Standard 10 from the Council’s website.

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Salmon Preseason Report III Available

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Preseason Report III Analysis of Council Adopted Management Measures for 2011 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, published April 2011, is available on the Council’s website. Visit the Preseason Report III webpage.

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Groundfish Management Team will Meet Via Conference Call

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of the Groundfish Management Team (GMT), which is open to the public.  The purpose of the conference call is to review the developing Ecosystem Fishery Management Plan. The GMT will discuss reports of the Ecosystem Plan Development Team and will develop statements for Council consideration at its June meeting in Spokane, Washington.

The conference call will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Pacific time.

A listening station will be available to the public located at:

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.

If you have further questions regarding the GMT conference call, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames, Staff Officer (Groundfish) at 503-820-2280 ext. 426; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 2011 Council Meeting Decisions

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies met April 9-13, 2011 in San Mateo, California. The April 2011 Council Meeting Decision Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Requirements when fishing in the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Convention Area (generally west of 150° W long.)

Monday, April 18th, 2011

West coast albacore fishermen should be aware of requirements when fishing in the area west of 150° W long., which is the “Convention Area” for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. NMFS Pacific Regional Office promulgated regulations in 2010 for compliance by U.S. vessels with Commission requirements. For more information they have produced a compliance guide. NMFS Southwest Region also provided information about VMS requirements for vessels fishing in the Convention Area at the April 2011 Council meeting, see this letter.

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