Archive for April, 2011

Salmon Amendment Committee to Hold Work Session

Monday, April 18th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Salmon Amendment Committee (SAC) will hold a meeting to finalize alternatives and analyses for an amendment to the Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to address the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) requirements for annual catch limits (ACL) and accountability measures (AM).  This meeting of the SAC is open to the public.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) guidelines for National Standard 1 (NS1) of the MSA provide guidance on how to comply with new ACL and AM requirements.  The NS1 guidelines include recommendations for establishing several related reference points to ensure scientific and management uncertainty are accounted for when management measures are established.  The purpose of this meeting is to finalize alternatives and analyses to address those issues in a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis that will be presented to the Council for final action at its June 2011 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

The meeting will be held Monday, May 16, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Tuesday, May 17, 2011 from 8:30 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 Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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June Briefing Book Public Comment Deadline

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Public Comment Deadlines for the June Council Meeting in Spokane, WA

Comments or materials received by 11:59 pm, May 19, 2011 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 May 19 but by 11:59 pm, May 30 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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Council Adopts Final Salmon Management Measures for 2011

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

The Council has adopted its final 2011 ocean salmon fishery management measures. These measures will be submitted to the U.S. Secretary of Commerce for review and implementation by the National Marine Fisheries Service on May 1. Please visit the Current Salmon Season Management webpage to view the final management measures.

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April 2011 Council Meeting

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

April 2011 Council Decisions

April 2011 Meeting Minutes

April 2011 Voting Log

April 2011 Briefing Book

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Council Press Release on 2011 Salmon Seasons

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

The Council has just issued a press release on 2011 salmon seasons. Read it here.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team Meeting

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) that is open to the public.

The meeting will be held Thursday, May 5th through Friday, May 6th. Business will begin the first day at 1:00 p.m. and at 8:00 a.m. the following day. The meeting will conclude each day at 5:00 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Green Room
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 1-858-546-7000

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 CPSMT Chair. These topics may include the mackerel Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panel meeting, CPS assessment cycle planning, a report on the April Council meeting, ecological considerations in CPS management, benchmarks for market squid, consideration of the Pacific sardine harvest control rule, and future meeting planning.

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.

For further information, please contact: Mr. Kerry Griffin, Staff Officer; telephone: 503-820-2280.

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Pacific Mackerel Stock Assessment Review Panel Meeting

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene a Pacific mackerel Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel meeting that is open to the public.

The meeting will be held Monday, May 2nd through Thursday, May 5th.  Business will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. the first day, and at 8:00 a.m. each subsequent day.  The meeting will conclude each day at 5:00 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.  The meeting may conclude before 5:00 p.m. on Thursday if business has been completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Green Room
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California  92037
Telephone: 1-858-546-7000

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review the Pacific mackerel stock assessment for 2011, in order to inform fisheries management decisions for the 2011-2012 fishery.  Other issues relevant to Pacific mackerel management and science may be addressed as time permits.

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.

For further information, please contact: Mr. Kerry Griffin, Staff Officer; telephone: 503-820-2280.

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