Archive for June, 2012

June 2012 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document Available

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 21-26, 2012 in San Mateo, California. The June 2012 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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June 2012 Council Meeting

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

June 2012 Council Decisions

June 2012 Minutes

June 2012 Voting Log

June 2012 Briefing Book

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Groundfish Inseason Actions from June 2012 Meeting

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

Groudfish Inseason Actions from June 2012 Meeting

The Council considered recent information on ongoing fisheries and recommended the following inseason adjustments:

  • Reduce the limited entry sablefish daily trip limits north of 36° N. latitude starting September 1, 2012 for the rest of the year. The limits would change from 1,000 pounds per week, not to exceed 4,000 pounds per two months to 800 pounds per week, not to exceed 1,600 lbs.
  • Increase the the limited entry shelf rockfish trip limit south of 34° 27′ N. latitude from 3,000 lb./2 months to 4,000 lb./2 months as soon as possible, through the end of the year.
  • Increase the limited entry fixed gear trip limits for bocaccio south of 34°27′ N latitude from “300 lb./2 mo” to “500 lb./2 mo” as soon as possible, through the end of the year.
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2012 Federal Salmon Regs Booklet Available Online

Monday, June 25th, 2012

NMFS has made available their “online” salmon fishery regulations booklet. This booklet provides fishermen with a quick reference guide to the Federal regulations governing commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (3-200 nautical miles off shore) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The booklet is available by download: 2012 Federal Regulations for West Coast Salmon Fisheries Applying in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3-200 nautical miles) off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California (May 9, 2012) Applying in the Exclusive Economic Zone (3-200 nautical miles) off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California (May 9, 2012).

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June 2012 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

The June 21-26, 2012 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be streamed live on the internet. The live audio will be broadcast starting on Thursday, June 21 at 8 a.m. Pacific time. Get the June 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 provide your name and email address when you 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: F27HW8
    • 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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Proposed rules for Hawaii longline fishery: revised sea turtle caps and swordfish retention

Monday, June 11th, 2012

On Monday, June 11 NMFS published a proposed rule revising the annual number of allowable incidental interactions that may occur between the Hawaii-based shallow-set pelagic longline fishery of 16 leatherbacks and 17 loggerheads to 26 and 34 interactions, respectively. Read the Federal Register Notice: [TEXT] [PDF].  Comments on this proposed rule must be received by July 11, 2012 (see the Federal Register Notice for instructions on commenting).

NMFS also published a proposed rule proposed rule that would revise the limits on the number of swordfish that fishermen may possess or land during any given Hawaii-based deep-set longline-fishing trip north of the Equator.  This change is consistent with the regulatory change proposed by the Pacific Council and implemented by NMFS for the west coast deep-set longline fishery. With a NMFS observer on board, there would be no limit on swordfish landed or possessed on a trip regardless of the type of hook used. Observers would monitor and document fishing activities, and would assist fishermen in mitigating interactions with protected species. With no NMFS observer on board, there would be a limit of 25 swordfish landed or possessed on a trip, if the vessel uses only circle hooks. The circle hooks would reduce the number and severity of interactions with sea turtles. With no NMFS observer on board and if the vessel uses any hooks other than circle hooks, there would be a limit of 10 swordfish landed or possessed on a trip. Read the Federal Register Notice: [TEXT] [PDF]. Comments on this proposed rule must be received by July 2, 2012 (see the Federal Register Notice for instructions on commenting).

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Panel to Review Assessment Methods for Data-Moderate Stocks to Meet

Friday, June 8th, 2012

A panel to review assessment methods for data-moderate stocks will hold a work session that is open to the public on June 26-29, 2012. The Review of Assessment Methods for Data-Moderate Stocks will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Tuesday, June 26, 2012 and end at 5:00 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day. The panel will reconvene on Wednesday, June 27 and will continue through Friday, June 29, 2012 beginning at 8:30 am and ending at 5:00 pm each day, or as necessary to complete business. The panel will adjourn on Friday, June 29, 2012.

The objectives of the meeting are to 1) evaluate inclusion of trend information into simple assessment methodologies and validate model performance by providing examples for assessed stocks or operating models for which the assumptions of the simpler models are not met, and 2) provide a list of endorsed methods for use on data-moderate stocks in Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Fishery Management Plan.  This workshop will also provide an opportunity to refine methods used for category 3 stocks, and review progress on evaluating methods for determining uncertainty (σ) for each of three categories of stock assessment uncertainty used by the Council.  It is anticipated that reviewers will provide endorsement of specific data-moderate methodologies so that a number of candidate category 2 stock assessments using simple assessment models can be conducted and reviewed during the 2013 stock assessment cycle for use in the 2015-16 management cycle.  No management actions will be decided by the panel.  The panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.  The Data-Moderate Assessment Methods Review Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility
Building 4, Traynor Room
7600 Sand Point Way N.E., Seattle, WA 98115‑6349
Telephone: 206-526-4000

Driving Directions

Entry to the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Sand Point Facility requires visitors to show a valid picture ID and register with security.  A visitor’s badge, which must be worn while at the NOAA Western Regional Center’s Facility, will be issued to non‑Federal employees participating in the meeting.

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 meeting, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280 ext. 413 and toll free 1-866-806-7204, or Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-961-8475.

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June 2012 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

The Briefing Book for the June 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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