Archive for September, 2011

Trawl Rationalization Regulatory Review Committee to Meet

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of the Trawl Rationalization Regulatory Review Committee (TRREC), that is open to the public. The first priority for the meeting is to review regulations (a) making it permissible to stack both a limited entry trawl and fixed gear permit on a single vessel at the same time, (b) modifying the season opening date for whiting, (c) allowing vessels to carry multiple gears at the same time, and (d) modification of several identified trawl gear regulations that impair increased efficiency and selectivity. As a secondary priority, the TRREC may focus on other regulations made obsolete by implementation of the new trawl rationalization program in 2011. Other topics may be discussed as time allows, at the discretion of the TRREC Chair.

New! Meeting Materials

Meeting Date and Location

The meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. until business for the day is completed.

The meeting will be held in Portland at the following location:

Embassy Suites Portland Airport
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Pine II Room
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-460-3000
Driving Directions

Additional Information

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. Jim Seger at (503) 820-2280 ext. 416.

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First Bilateral Pacific Whiting Advisory Panel Meeting Set for October 7, 2011

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The first bilateral meeting of the Pacific Whiting Advisory Panel to begin implementation of the Whiting Treaty will be held in Seattle on Friday, October 7, 2011. As an interim measure, Canada will send a working group of industry representatives for this first meeting.

Meeting Logistics:

Date: October 7, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: University District Silver Cloud Inn
5036 25th Avenue NE
Seattle, WA 98105
Hotel Phone: 206-526-5200

For further information, download the Draft Agenda/Meeting Notice/Advisory Panel Announcement. You may also contact Mr. Frank Lockart at 206-526-6142 or Mr. Kevin Duffy at 206-526-4743.

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Proposed Rule to Implement Decisions of the IATTC in the Eastern Pacific

Friday, September 30th, 2011

A September 30, 2011, Federal Register Notices announced publication of a proposed rule to implement IATTC conservation measures in the Eastern Pacific. Comments must be submitted in writing by October 17, 2011. A public hearing will be held at 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. PDT, October 17, 2011, in Long Beach, CA.

Read the Federal Register Notice

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Council, States Seek Public Input on Proposed Changes to Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Each September, the Council considers proposed changes to the halibut regulations in order to adjust regulations for the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan.

The Council and the States are seeking public input on the Proposed Changes to the Pacific Halibut Sharing Plan and 2012 Regulations.

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HMS SAFE Document Available

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The Status of the U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species Through 2010; Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) is now available on the Council’s website. Please visit the HMS SAFE document webpage to download the document.

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Long-vilified swordfish industry finds support in environmental group

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

This article from California Watch touches on recent Council discussion about the west coast swordfish fishery.

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Request for Nominations: Two Washington At-Large Positions on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is reopening a request for nominations to its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS). The reopening is due to a limited response to the previous request issued in June and considered at the September Council meeting, and to an additional recent vacancy. Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies webpage for further information. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 23, 2014.

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September 2011 Council Meeting Decisions

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) met September 14-19, 2011 in San Mateo, California. The September 2011 Council Meeting Decision Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Groundfish Inseason Actions From September 2011 Meeting

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Council considered the most recent information on the status of the groundfish fisheries and recommended the following increases to trip limits, starting November 1, 2011 through the rest of the year:

  • Open access fixed gear fishery south of 36° N. latitude for sablefish:  300 lbs. per day, 1,500 lbs. per week, not to exceed 3,000 lbs. per two months
  • Limited entry and open access fixed gear fisheries south of 40°10 N. latitude for shallow nearshore rockfish: 1,000 lbs. per 2 months
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September 2011 Council Meeting

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

September 2011 Council Decisions

September 2011 Meeting Minutes

September 2011 Voting Log

September 2011 Briefing Book

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