Archive for February, 2012

March Council Meeting Internet Audio Stream

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The March 2-7, 2012 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 Friday, March 2 at 8 a.m. Pacific time. Get the March meeting agenda.

To Listen to the Meeting

To listen, follow the agenda, and view the powerpoint presentations, go to the PFMC Live Meeting link. Please note that your name and email address will be required to join the meeting (this will expedite any technical assistance if the need arises).

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 if Microsoft Office Live Meeting is installed on your computer; or you may have to choose “Accept Terms and Install Client” if it is not already installed.)
  2. Enter the Following Information:
    • Meeting ID: 67C646
    • Entry Code: (Leave This Field Blank)
    • Location: Choose 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.

For MacIntosh — If you have never installed the “Live Meeting Web Access Client” on your workstation, please email Sandra.Krause@noaa.gov for those instructions. Please note, the “Live Meeting Web Access Client” does not provide for audio, but you may view the PowerPoint presentations and the agenda flow of the meeting.

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) 749-4038.

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NOAA Fisheries’ guidance letter regarding potential effects of 2012 season on listed salmonid species

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries) has transmitted their letter to the Pacific Fishery Management Council regarding NOAA Fisheries’ consultation standards as well as preliminary guidance regarding the potential effects of the 2012 season on listed salmonid species. The guidance letter is available on the Council’s March 2012 Briefing Book website; please see Agenda Item G.4.c, Supplemental NMFS Report.

For further information regarding salmon management, please contact Mr. Chuck Tracy at 503-820-2280 ext. 415; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Preseason Report I Available on Council’s Website

Monday, February 27th, 2012

The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2012 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2012 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Chuck Tracy at 503-820-2280 ext. 415 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Request for nominations for a California commercial fisheries representative on the CPSAS

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

The Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) as one of three California commercial fisheries representatives. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Monday, March 12, 2012.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement.

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NMFS requests comments on proposed rule for 2012 Tribal Fishery for Pacific whiting

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

NMFS is requesting comments on the proposed rule for the 2012 tribal fishery for Pacific whiting. This proposed rule would establish a tribal allocation of 17.5 percent of the U.S. total allowable catch (TAC) for 2012. The regulations proposed by this action would also establish a process for reapportionment of unused tribal allocation of Pacific whiting to the nontribal fisheries.

This proposed rule is accessible by visiting https://federalregister.gov/a/2012-4113.

For further information, please contact: Mr. Kevin C. Duffy (Northwest Region, NMFS), Phone: 206–526–4743, Fax: 206–526–6736 and email: Kevin.Duffy@noaa.gov.

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Salmon Amendment 16 available on Council's website

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Amendment 16 to the Salmon FMP; Stock Classification, Status Determination Criteria, Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures, and De Minimis Fishing Provisions is available on the Salmon Amendment 16 webpage.

Amendment 16 to the Salmon FMP provides a framework for specifying biological and management reference points and accountability measures that will meet the requirements of the revised MSA and NS1Gs to account for uncertainty in the fishery management process, reduce the probability of overfishing, and include clear and objective status determination criteria, while integrating with existing management processes and capabilities to the degree possible.

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Salmon Amendment 16 available on Council’s website

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Amendment 16 to the Salmon FMP; Stock Classification, Status Determination Criteria, Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures, and De Minimis Fishing Provisions is available on the Salmon Amendment 16 webpage.

Amendment 16 to the Salmon FMP provides a framework for specifying biological and management reference points and accountability measures that will meet the requirements of the revised MSA and NS1Gs to account for uncertainty in the fishery management process, reduce the probability of overfishing, and include clear and objective status determination criteria, while integrating with existing management processes and capabilities to the degree possible.

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March 2012 Briefing Book Available on Website

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

The Briefing Book for the March 2012 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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NOAA Requests Comments on List of Gear by Fisheries and Fishery Management Council

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

NOAA is requesting comments on list of gear by fisheries and fishery management council. This is an extension of the currently approved information collection. The deadline for written comments is on or before April 9, 2012.

View the February 9, 2012 Federal Register notice announcing the extension.

The list has been published and appears in 50 CFR 600.725(v).

Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Paula Evans, NMFS Office of Sustainable Fisheries at (301) 427-8557 or Paula.Evans@noaa.gov.

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Bilateral Pacific Whiting Scientific Review Group to Meet

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

The first bilateral meeting of the Pacific Whiting Scientific Review Group (SRG) will be held in Seattle, WA on Tuesday through Friday, February 21-24, 2012.

The meeting will be held at:

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Hotel Phone: 1-866-866-797

For further information, please contact the Groundfish Branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region at 206-526-6140; or visit their Pacific Whiting Treaty webpage.

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