Archive for May, 2011

June Council Meeting to be Streamed Live on Internet

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

The June 6-13, 2011 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be streamed live on the internet. The live audio will be broadcast starting with the &#147Open Session&#148 scheduled to start Wednesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Pacific time. The agenda for the June meeting can be found here.

To Listen to the Meeting

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

Alternate Instructions 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 (This Will Launch the “launch.rtc” file)
  2. Enter the Following Information:
    • Meeting ID: QHS2T5
    • Entry Code: (Leave This Field Blank)
    • Location: Type in the following:
      https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/pacificfishery
  3. Choose “Join”

Technical Contact

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.

Meeting and Content Expiration

After this meeting is over, you may revisit the meeting (“join the meeting”) to listen to the recordings and view the PowerPoint documents presented during the meeting. All Recordings and PowerPoint documents will be deleted from the meeting on September 11, 2011. (Maximum amount of time allowed by Microsoft Live Meeting Service).

If you need your own personal audio copies of recorded Council meeting CDs (MP3 or WAV formats), please contact our recorder, Mr. Craig Hess, Martin Enterprises, phone (360) 425-7507.

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June 2011 Briefing Book Available on Website

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

The Briefing Book for the June 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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NMFS to Host Public Meeting on National Standard 10 Guidelines

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

On April 21, 2011, NMFS published in the Federal Register an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to revise the National Standard 10 Guidelines and is requesting public comment on potential adjustments to the Guidelines (76 FR 22342; 4/21/11). 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.

The current National Standard 10 Guidelines were published in 1998. Fishery management and fishing vessel safety science have changed and improved in recent years. NOAA Fisheries Service believes it is appropriate and timely to revise the National Standard 10 Guidelines and is seeking public comment on potential revisions to the guidelines. Through the revision of the Guidelines, NOAA’s Fisheries Service intends to enhance consideration of safety issues in fisheries management. Upon consideration of public input that NOAA receives during this comment period, the agency will propose revisions to the National Standard 10 Guidelines, and then will hold another public comment period.

The public meeting on the West Coast will be held on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the following location:

Swedish Cultural Center
1920 Dexter Avenue N.
Seattle, Washington 98109

Written comments and information concerning the advanced notice of proposed rulemaking must be received by July 20, 2011. You may submit comments by any one of the following methods:

  • via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, using the identifier “0648-BA74”; or
  • faxed to 301-713-1193, Attention Debra Lambert; or
  • submitted by mail to Debra Lambert, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13403, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Additional information about the National Standard 10 guidelines and public meetings:

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Work Session: Stock Assessment Review Panel for Petrale Sole and Pacific Ocean Perch

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

A stock assessment review (STAR) panel for the 2011 petrale sole and Pacific ocean perch (POP) stock assessments will hold a work session, which is open to the public.

The petrale/POP STAR Panel will meet beginning at 9 a.m., Monday, June 20, 2011 and will continue through Friday, June 24, 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 purpose of the petrale/POP STAR Panel is to review draft 2011 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for petrale sole and POP, work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions, and produce a STAR Panel report for use by the Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2013-2014 fisheries.  No management actions will be decided by the STAR Panel.  The STAR Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Council at its September meeting in San Mateo, California.

The STAR Panel for petrale sole and POP will meet at the following location:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Avenue NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
Hotel Telephone: 1-800-899-0251
STAR 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.

If you have further questions regarding the STAR panel for Petrale Sole and Pacific Ocean Perch work session, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Final Rule for Pacific Whiting Harvest Specifications and Tribal Allocations Published

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Final Rule published (May 19, 2011) in the Federal Register for Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Biennial Specifications and Management Measures. This Final Rule establishes the 2011 fishery harvest specifications for Pacific whiting in the U.S. exclusive economic zone and state waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, as authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. These specifications include the overfishing level, catch limits, and allocations for the non-tribal commercial sectors. This final rule also announces the tribal allocation of Pacific whiting for 2011.

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Fishery Landings by West Coast County, 2006-2010

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Maps were created (view pdf) that present rankings by west coast counties according to the major “management groups” (grouping individual species codes) used in the PacFIN database in terms of ex-vessel revenue for the recent 5-year period, 2006-2010. These management groups accord with the four Pacific Council fishery management plans (coastal pelagic species, groundfish, highly migratory species, and salmon) and four additional categories (crab, other, salmon, shellfish, and shrimp). The data were obtained by a query grouping landings by county codes in the database. The PacFIN county codes were then matched to FIPS county codes for use in ArcGIS. (The PacFIN county table includes several codes that are not counties, e.g., “Columbia River below Bonneville Dam.”  In data preparation revenue for all these codes were grouped into a single record, which is not displayed in the figures or the table below.) Counties were used as the geographic units for two reasons. First, counties are a useful geographic unit for producing choropleth maps. Second, grouping by county makes it easier to compare landings data to demographic data (available from the census or other sources) in future analyses.

The figure on the first page of the pdf file shows which management group accounts for the largest share of landings (is top ranked) in each county (left panel). Whether the top ranked management group accounts for a majority of ex-vessel revenue (i.e., >50%) or a plurality (i.e., <50% but still the largest share) is indicated. The figure also categorizes average annual total ex-vessel revenue for the 5-year period in quartile categories (right panel).

The remaining four figures in the pdf file show where each county ranks with respect to each management group (two panels in each figure). Crab is the top-ranked source of revenue in 21 counties, the most of any management group, followed by groundfish, top ranked in 6 counties. There are four counties where “other” is the top-ranked management group. PacFIN was queried to determine which species in this management group accounted for the largest share of landings. The top-five species across all counties are California spiny lobster, nominal California halibut, nominal California sheephead, Pacific halibut, and red sea urchin. In the four counties where “other” is the top-ranked group, the top ranked species are nominal California halibut (Contra Costa County, California), California spiny lobster (Orange and San Diego Counties, California), and red sea urchin (Santa Barbara County, California).

The pdf file (link above) includes a table summarizing the rankings by county.

-Kit Dahl, PFMC Staff

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June 6-13, 2011 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda Available

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies will meet June 6-13, 2011 in Spokane, Washington, to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, and habitat matters. Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for the meeting notice and agenda details.

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Spring 2011 Council Newsletter Available Online

Thursday, May 12th, 2011

The Spring edition of Pacific Council News is now available on our website.

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Salmon 2011 Federal Regulations Booklet Available Online

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

NMFS Northwest Region has made available on their Salmon Fishery Regulations webpage the Booklet of 2011 Federal Regulations for West Coast Salmon Fisheries. The website booklet is in PDF format and the user can print the entire booklet, or just the pages of interest. The actual booklet is in the printing process and should be available at the end of May.

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Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee Conference Call

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of the Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC), which is open to the public.  The purpose of the conference call is to plan for acquiring data and information pertinent to a review of groundfish essential fish habitat, to review the Council action from the April 2011 meeting, and to discuss the next steps and future meetings.

The conference call will be held on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m Pacific Time.

A listening station will be available to the public 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 Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at 503-820-2280, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have further questions regarding the EFHRC conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409.

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