Archive for May, 2012

Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel and Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Conference Call

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) and Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT).  The primary purpose of the conference call is to discuss the proposed harvest parameters workshop, forage fish issues (on the Council’s agenda for its June meeting), and potential changes to streamline the CPS exempted fishing permit protocol.  Other items that may be discussed include the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, the upcoming Canadian trawl survey review meeting, and Pacific mackerel management for 2012-2013.

The conference call will be held on Monday June 11, 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Pacific Time.

A listening station will be available at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 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.

If you have additional questions regarding the conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.


NMFS Issues Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking – National Standard 1 Guidelines

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

NMFS issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) to provide background information and request public comment on potential adjustments to the National Standard 1 Guidelines, one of 10 national standards for fishery conservation and management contained in Section 301 of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Since the guidelines were last updated in 2009, a number of issues regarding the application of the guidelines were identified by stakeholders and managers that may warrant their revision. This action provides the public with a formal opportunity to comment on the specific ideas mentioned in this ANPR, as well as any additional ideas and solutions that could improve provisions of the National Standard 1 Guidelines. Please see the May 3, 2012 Federal Register notice for details.

If you have further questions, contact Wesley Patrick, Fisheries Policy Analyst, National Marine Fisheries Service, 301-427-8566.