Archive for September, 2012

Salmon Advisory Subpanel to Hold a Work Session by Telephone Conference

Friday, September 28th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of the Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) by telephone conference that is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of drafting SAS reports and recommendations for the November 2-7, 2012 Council meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The SAS will meet on Monday, October 29th, 2012 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., or when business for the call is completed.

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

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
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.

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

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Council Seeking Nominations for 2013-2015 Advisory Body Terms

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking qualified candidates to serve on advisory subpanels and committees regarding West Coast marine fishing and habitat issues. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than October 11, 2012.

Please visit the Council’s “Nominations for 2013-2015 Advisory Body Terms” to download the necessary nomination forms and the full detailed announcement.

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November 2012 Briefing Book Deadline

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Comments or materials received by 11:59 pm, October 11, 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 October 11 but by 11:59 pm, October 23 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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September 2012 Council Meeting

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

September 2012 Council Decisions

September 2012 Minutes

September 2012 Voting Log

September 2012 Briefing Book

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September 2012 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document Available Online

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met September 14-18, 2012 in Boise, Idaho. The September 2012 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Groundfish Inseason Actions from September 2012 Meeting

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Groundfish Inseason Actions from September 2012 Meeting

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

  • Commercial Sablefish South of 36° N. latitude: Increase the trip limits in the open access fixed gear sablefish daily trip limit (DTL) fishery south of 36° N. lat. from “300 pounds per day, or one landing per week of up to 1,350 lb, not to exceed 2,700 pounds per two months” to “350 pounds per day, or one landing per week of up to 1,750 pounds, not to exceed 3,500 pounds per two months” starting November 1 through the end of the year.
  • California Recreational: Prohibit recreational fishing in the Southern Management Area (south of 34°27′ N. lat.) seaward of a boundary line approximating the 50 fm depth contour, as soon as possible through the end of the year.
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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Conference Call October 9, 2012

Saturday, September 15th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT). The primary purpose of the conference call is to discuss the proposed harvest parameters workshop. Other items that may be discussed include the 2012 Pacific sardine stock assessment update and items related to the November 2012 Council meeting.

The conference call will be held on Tuesday October 9, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

A listening station will be held at the following location:

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

For more information regarding the CPSMT Conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; 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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District Court Upholds West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program

Friday, September 14th, 2012

District Court upholds West Coast groundfish trawl rationalization program with favorable ruling on PCFAA appeal challenging the program. Download the Opinion, Filed September 10, 2012.

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September 2012 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Friday, September 14th, 2012

The September 13-18, 2012 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be streamed live on the internet. The live audio will be broadcast starting on Friday, September 14 at 10 a.m. MOUNTAIN time. Get the September 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: DJFK8J
    • 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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Groundfish Management Team Meeting October 2-4, 2012

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a work session which is open to the public.

The GMT meeting will be held Tuesday, October 2, 2012 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Wednesday, October 3 through Thursday, October 4 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

The primary purpose of the GMT working meeting is to develop recommendations regarding the use of descending devices to recompress rockfish encountered in west coast recreational fisheries. Further, the GMT will discuss potential survival estimates for cowcod and yelloweye rockfish released using descending devices.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its November meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR, 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280

If you have further questions regarding the GMT meeting, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames or >Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280 or 1-866-806-7204.

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.

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