Archive for August, 2012

September 2012 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The Briefing Book for the September 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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Salmon Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Monday, August 27th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a work session, which is open to the public.

The purpose of the work session is to review work products associated with the Council’s 2012 salmon methodology review process, including possible bias in the Fishery Regulation Assessment Model associated with multiple encounters during mark selective fisheries. The work session will be held Monday, September 17, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.

The work session will be held at the following location:

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
Conference Room
6730 Martin Way East
Olympia, WA  98516
Driving Directions
Telephone:  360-438-1180

For further information about the EPDT work session, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Subcommittee to Review Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Update

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a stock assessment update review meeting Tuesday, October 2 through Wednesday, October 3, 2012, in La Jolla, California, which is open to the public.

The purpose of the meeting is to review the updated stock assessment for Pacific sardine. There was a full assessment in 2011, and the 2012 update will use the same modeling platform and basic parameters, consistent with the Council’s Terms of Reference on stock assessment updates. The updated assessment will be reviewed by members of the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS). The Council will use the 2012 updated assessment to establish sardine fishery management measures and harvest specifications for the 2013 fishing year. Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also attend the meeting.

The meeting will be held Tuesday, October 2 through Wednesday, October 3, starting each day at 8:30 a.m. and concluding at 5:00 p.m. or until business for each day is completed.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Torrey Pines Campus
Large Conference Room
3333 North Torrey Pines Court
La Jolla, CA 92037-1023
Phone: 858-546-7000

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. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170, 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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Summer 2012 Newsletter Now Available

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012

The Summer 2012 issue of the Pacific Council News is now available. Please visit the Council’s Newsletters webpage to download.

We welcome your comments and suggestions. Please send them to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.

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September 13-18, 2012 Council Meeting

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Pacific Council to Reconsider Initial Catch Share Allocations of Pacific Whiting among Other Fishery Matters

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 13-18, 2012 in Boise, Idaho to address issues related to management of groundfish, Pacific halibut, highly migratory species, salmon, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for the meeting notice and agenda details.

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Ad Hoc Amendment 24 Workgroup to hold Teleconference August 31, 2012

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Amendment 24 Workgroup will hold a teleconference, which is open to the public through a listening station. The teleconference will occur 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 31, 2012.

A listening station will be made available to the public at the Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

The Council formed the Amendment 24 Workgroup to develop proposals for modifying the process to periodically establish and adjust harvest levels and management measures for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. The Workgroup met August 1-2, 2012, to develop proposals for the Council to consider in November 2012. During this teleconference the Workgroup will review and discuss a draft of the report to be delivered at the November Council meeting.

For more information regarding the Amendment 24 Workgroup, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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.

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Trawl Gear Workshop to Be Held August 29-30, 2012

Monday, August 6th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a trawl catch share program gear workshop, which is open to the public. The primary purpose of the workshop is to review the gear restrictions (including area of use) that apply under the recently implemented Trawl Fishery Rationalization program and discuss the need for such restrictions in the context of that program. The workshop will include scoping of various gear restriction alternatives that were recommended by the Trawl Rationalization Regulatory Evaluation Committee at the November 2011 meeting of the Pacific Council. A workshop report will be prepared by Pacific Council staff for Pacific Council consideration at its November 2012 meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, August 29, 2012 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The workshop will reconvene Thursday, August 30, 2012 from no earlier than 8:00 a.m. until the earlier of 4:00 p.m. or business for each day has been completed.

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

Sheraton Portland Airport
Mount Saint Helens Room
8235 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-281-2500
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 more information regarding the Workshop, please contact Mr. LB Boydstun at 916-844-4358.

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September 2012 Briefing Book Deadline

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

September 2012 Briefing Book Deadlines

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Comments or materials received by 11:59 pm, August 23, 2012, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Comments or materials received at the Council office after August 23 but by 11:59 pm, September 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

How to Submit Comments

Written comments and materials on matters before the Council are accepted by the Council at any time. However, the public is encouraged to submit comments and materials as far in advance of the meeting as possible to maximize their exposure to the Council process. Comments in electronic format are most welcome, as they expedite posting to the Council’s website. Please email your comments to: pfmc.comments@noaa.gov. Of course, we accept comments by “snail mail” and fax; please see our “Contact Us” page.

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