Archive for October, 2012

Pacific Council Transmittal of Decision on Whiting Quota Share Reconsideration

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The Council transmitted its final recommendations relative to a possible reallocation of whiting quota shares and catch history assignments on October 30, 2012. The Council did not recommend any adjustment to the whiting allocations but recommended that the quota share transfer and divestiture periods for the shoreside individual fishing quota sector begin on January 1, 2014 with the deadline to divest extended to December 31, 2015, and that the mothership catcher vessel severability begin on September 1, 2014, with a delay of the deadline to divest extended to August 31, 2016. The Council transmittal is available on the Council’s Trailing Actions webpage.

For further information, please contact Mr. Jim Seger, 503-820-2280 ext. 416; toll free 1-866-806-7204.


Video Guide to the Draft Fishery Ecosystem Plan (Recorded Webinar)

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

The chair of the Council’s Ecosystem Plan Development team, Ms. Yvonne de Reynier, has prepared a short (~11 min.) video guide to the draft Fishery Ecosystem Plan. The video is a reader’s guide to the document that emphasizes new and substantially revised sections of the plan as a means of assisting the Council, its advisory bodies, and the public in conducting a focused review of the plan in advance of the November 2012 Council meeting where the FEP is scheduled for preliminary adoption. The video should be considered optional material for the November Council meeting because it highlights, but does not add to, materials in the November Briefing Book.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner, staff officer at 503-820-2280 ext. 414; toll free 1-866-806-7204.


Pacific Coast Groundfish 5-Year Review of EFH

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee proposed an addendum to the Phase 1 Report that was included in the briefing book materials for the September 2012 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council). The Council made minor changes to the addendum, which are included in Pacific Coast Groundfish 5-Year Review of Essential Fish Habitat, Report to the Pacific Fishery Management Council, Phase 1: New Information, Including Addendum (Published September 2012).

This document is now available as part of the Council’s Groundfish Document Library.

If you have questions regarding the document, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin, at the Council office, 503-820-2280, ext. 409.


November 2012 Council Meeting Internet Live Audio Stream

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

The November 3-7, 2012 meeting of the Pacific Fishery Management Council will be streamed live on the internet. The live audio will be broadcast starting on Saturday, November 3 at 8 a.m. Pacific time. Get the November 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: (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: K2GBHN
    • Entry Code: (Leave This Field Blank)
    • Location: Choose the following:
  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 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.

MP3 Audio Files

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. Mr. Hess would be glad to assist you.


November 2012 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The Briefing Book for the November 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.


2011 Swordfish Workshop Proceedings Available

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The proceedings of the 2011 U.S. West Coast Swordfish Workshop: Working Towards Sustainability are now available online at the Workshop website: or directly at:


U.S. Coast Guard Reminder of Upcoming Change to Fishing Vessel Safety Requirements

Monday, October 15th, 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard would like to remind all fishing vessel owners and operators regarding an upcoming change to fishing vessel safety requirements, involving new mandates established by the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. Beginning October 16th, 2012, all commercial fishing, fish tender and fish processing vessels that operate (or transit) more than 3 nautical miles offshore must be able to demonstrate full compliance with the existing fishing industry vessel safety regulations found in 46 C.F.R. Part 28, via a mandatory safety examination. While there are a few options of how to demonstrate this compliance, having a current Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Decal (not more than 2 years old), is the most straightforward method. For further information regarding this change, please see the following link: The website contains a copy of the letter from U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters with information regarding this change, as well as a Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Checklist Generator, which will allow vessel owners to see what equipment their vessels are required to have. The website also provides contact information for local Coast Guard Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinators and Dockside Examiners.

For further information, please contact Mr. Dan Hardin (Coast Guard District 13 Fishing Vessel Safety Coordinator): 206-220-7226;


Groundfish FEIS for 2013-2014 Proposed Harvest Specifications Available

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Notice of Availability

The document Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for Proposed Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for the 2013-2014 Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery and Amendment 21-2 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, dated September 2012 has been posted to the Council’s groundfish upcoming harvest specifications webpage.


Annual Banquet to Honor Dr. John Coon, Deputy Chief Mike Cenci

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Annual Banquet will be held (in conjunction with the November 2-7, 2012 Council meeting) on Sunday, November 4, 2012; 6 p.m..

The Banquet honorees are Dr. John Coon for his 28 years serving on the Pacific Fishery Management Council staff; and Deputy Chief Mike Cenci for his 13 years serving the Council on the Enforcement Consultants. Please join us to thank them both for their contributions to west coast fisheries management through their work for the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

Reservations need to be made with Ms. Renee Dorval ( or call the Council office at 503-820-2280 no later than Wednesday, October 31, 2012.  The cost of $20 per person will be collected at the door.

Download a PDF version of the November 4, 2012 Banquet Flyer.


2014 Council Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012