Archive for August, 2011

September 2011 Briefing Book Available on Website

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

The Briefing Book for the September 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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2010 Fall Sardine Pilot Research Project Report Available

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

The results of the 2010 fall sardine pilot research project is available in the following report: “Investigating Methods for Obtaining Fishery-Independent Estimates of Pacific Sardine (Sardinops sagax) Abundance: Comparative Analysis of Photographic, LIDAR, and Acoustic Survey Techniques; Fall Southern California Pilot Sardine Survey Preliminary Sampling Results”.

Download the Fall Southern California Pilot Sardine Survey Preliminary Sampling Results; June 2011; Hanan & Associates, et al.

This report is NOT a report of the Pacific Fishery Management Council; it is a report posted for public information only. Please contact Ms. Diane Pleschner-Steele at: 805-693-5430 if you have questions regarding this report.

This blog submitted by Kerry Griffin, PFMC.

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Ecosystem Plan Development Team to Hold a Work Session via Conference Call on the Schedule and Plans for Developing a Fishery Ecosystem Plan

Monday, August 29th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting via conference call of the Ecosystem Plan Development Team (EPDT) that is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of drafting a report and recommendations to the Council on the Schedule and Plans for Developing a Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP).

The EPDT will meet on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 and Thursday, September 22, 2011 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. each day, or when business for each day is completed.

Public listening stations will be available at the following locations:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon  97220
503-820-2280
OR toll free at 866-806-7204
Driving Directions

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Conference Room
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, CA  95060
831-420-3900

Driving Directions

The EPDT will primarily address Council requests from the June 2011 Council meeting where the Council approved a draft purpose and need statement and moved to develop an ecosystem plan that is primarily advisory in nature with the potential for expanding the plan to include regulatory authority in the future.  The Council recommended continued management of fisheries through existing fishery management plans (FMPs), including potential future management measures for forage fish species.  The Council also tasked the EPDT with developing a list of West Coast species that are not currently included in any FMP, that are not under State management, are not listed under the Endangered Species Act, or are species that could be the target of future fishery exploitation.

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.

For further information, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at (503) 820-2280 ext. 414.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Salmon Subcommittee, Salmon Technical Team, and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold Joint Work Session

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a joint work session with the Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW), which will be open to the public. The work session will be held October 4-5, 2011. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4 and 9 a.m. on Wednesday, October 5.

The purpose of the work session is to brief the STT and SSC Salmon Subcommittee on:
• An abundance‐based management framework for Lower Columbia River tule fall Chinook,
• Management framework and harvest model for Sacramento River Winter Run Chinook,
• Review and evaluation of mark‐selective fishery reports, and
• An analysis of bias in Chinook and Coho Fishery Regulation Assessment Models due to multiple encounters in mark-selective fisheries.

The work session will be held at the Council office:

7700 NE Ambassador Place
Suite 101, Large Conference Room
Portland, Oregon 97220
503-820-2280

Driving Directions

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 about the joint work session, please contact Mr. Chuck Tracy at 503-820-2280, ext. 415; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review Panel Will Meet

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a public meeting of the Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel.

The purpose of the STAR Panel meeting is to review the 2011 stock assessment for Pacific sardine, in order to inform fisheries management decisions for the 2012 fishery.  Other issues relevant to Pacific sardine management and science may be addressed as time permits.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, and at 8:00 a.m. each subsequent day.  The meeting will conclude each day at 5:00 p.m. or until business for each day is completed.  If adequate progress has been achieved, the meeting may conclude at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7, at the discretion of the STAR Panel Chair.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Green Room
8604 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California  92037
Telephone:  858-334-2800
Driving Directions

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.

For further information, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at (503) 820-2280 ext. 409.

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September 12-19, 2011 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda Available

Friday, August 19th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 12-19, 2011 in San Mateo, California to address issues related to groundfish, highly migratory species, salmon, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters. Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for the meeting notice and agenda details.

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Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Conference Call

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) will hold a conference call on September 9 from 9 to 11 AM to review progress and interim products for the groundfish EFH periodic review. Recommendations of the committee are tentatively scheduled to be presented to the Council at the April, 2012 Council meeting in Seattle, Washington. A listening station will be made available to the public, at the Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For further information about the EFHRC work session, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Notice of Availability: Draft EA, Trailing Actions for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

As published in the Federal Register on August 15, 2011, Amendment 21-1 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan is available on the Council’s website.

The proposed action is to implement trailing actions for the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program to further improve and refine the program. Two of the trailing actions require further NEPA analysis and are the subject of this EA:

  1. A trailing action to amend the groundfish FMP through Amendment 21-1 to change provisions related to the calculation of the amount of the halibut bycatch mortality for which the trawl fishery will be managed (called the “trawl bycatch mortality limit”) and
  2. A trailing action to to amend the regulations implementing the trawl rationalization program to provide an exemption from the prohibition on processing at-sea for select participants in the Shorebased IFQ Program (called the “exemption from prohibition on at sea processing”).

Please visit the Amendment 21-1 webpage for all the details and document downloads.

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