Archive for November, 2012

Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks Webinar to be Conducted

Friday, November 30th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold an online webinar to develop alternatives for determining the status of groundfish stocks based on results of data-moderate assessments.  The online Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks webinar is open to the public, although space for online access is limited to the first 100 participants.

The Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks webinar will commence at 9 a.m. PST, Friday, December 21, 2012 and continue until noon or as necessary to complete business for the day.

The purpose of the Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks webinar is to develop alternative status determination criteria for stocks that are assessed using new data-moderate methods adopted last year for use in the 2013 assessment cycle.  No management actions will be decided in this workshop.  Any recommendations developed at the workshop will be submitted for consideration by the Council at its March 2013 meeting in Tacoma, Washington.

NEW! Webinar Materials

Webinar Reservations

To attend the Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks webinar, please reserve your seat by visiting https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/260816698.  If requested, enter your name, email address, and the webinar id, which is 260-816-698.  Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail message that contains detailed information about viewing the event.  To only join the audio teleconference of the Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks webinar from the U.S. or Canada, call the toll number 1-415-655-0051 (note: this is not a toll-free number) and use the access code 260-374-057 when prompted.

Public Listening Stations

Public listening stations for the Groundfish Status Determination Criteria for Data-Moderate Stocks webinar will also be available at the following locations:

Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Large Conference Room (Room 188)
110 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Driving Directions

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 N.E. Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Driving Directions

Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Driving Directions

Members of the general public who are not National Marine Fisheries Service employees need to provide photo identification to attend the webinar at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center.  Foreign nationals without green cards intending to attend the webinar at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center must notify Dr. Jim Hastie (206-860-3412) at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center at least one week prior to the webinar.

Public comments during the webinar will only be received from attendees at one of the three public listening stations, although participants who have pre-registered can listen in on the proceedings online from remote locations.

Additional Information

For further information regarding the webinar subject matter, as well as questions about the public listening stations, please contact Mr. John DeVore (503-820-2280). If you have technical questions regarding GoToMeeting, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2419.

If you would like to be notified of future meetings via email, please sign up for the PFMC E-Mail Notification List.

This Council E-Mail Notification List will announce when our newsletters, meeting notices, Notices of Availability for documents, and other Council activities are posted to the Council website.

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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Latest Version of The Line, Summary of West Coast Fisheries News

Wednesday, November 21st, 2012

Download The Line, Volume 1, No. 4, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue reports on the decisions made at the November 2012 PFMC meeting.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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South of Humbug Policy Workgroup to Meet

Friday, November 16th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) South of Humbug Policy Workgroup (Workgroup) for Pacific halibut will hold a work session which is open to the public. The Workgroup meeting will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 from 10 a.m. until business for the day is completed.

The overarching goals of the Workgroup meeting are to explore the best methods for incorporating the area south of the Oregon/California border into the International Pacific Halibut Commission’s (IPHC) Pacific halibut stock assessment, examine the effect of including that area on the Area 2A apportionment, and evaluate methods to manage the fishery south of Humbug Mountain to comply with allocation provisions of the Catch Sharing Plan and the overall total allowable catch apportioned to Area 2A. No management actions will be decided by the Workgroup. The Workgroup’s task will be to develop recommendations for IPHC and Council consideration in 2013.

The work session will be held at the Council office:

7700 NE Ambassador Place
Suite 101, Large Conference Room
Portland, Oregon 97220
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 joint work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Coast Guard to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Sinking of the F/V Lady Cecilia

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

A Coast Guard Formal Board of Investigation into the sinking of the F/V LADY CECILIA will be held on November 26-28, 2012 starting at 8:00 a.m. each day.  The hearings will be located at:

Camp Rilea
HQ Building Auditorium, Bldg 7021
33168 Patriot Way
Warrenton, OR 97146

These hearings are open to the public. Camp Rilea is accessible to the public by showing a drivers license or other form of government issued identification.

Questions may be referred to LT Anthony Hillenbrand, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit, Portland, Oregon; telephone: 503-247-4020; or by email: anthony.s.hillenbrand@uscg.mil

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Schedule and Process for 2013 Ocean Salmon Management Measures

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

At it’s November 2012 Council meeting, the Council approved the staff’s overall proposed schedule and process for developing 2013 ocean salmon management measures as well as confirmed Council-staff hearing sites.

See the Schedule and Process for 2013 Ocean Salmon Management Measures webpage for details.

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NMFS Seeking Comments on Proposed Rule for 2013-2014 Groundfish Biennial Specifications and Management Measures

Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

The National Marine Fisheries Service is requesting comments on the proposed rule for 2013-2014 groundfish biennial specifications and management mesures. This proposed rule would establish the 2013-2014 harvest specifications and management measures for groundfish taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. This proposed rule would also revise the collection of management measures in the groundfish fishery regulations that are intended to keep the total catch of each groundfish species or species complex within the harvest specifications.

If you have further questions, please contact: Ms. Sarah Williams, NMFS, phone: 206–526–4646, fax: 206–526–6736, or email: Sarah.Williams@noaa.gov.

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November 2012 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document Available Online

Friday, November 9th, 2012

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 3-7, 2012 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2012 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Appointments to Council Advisory Bodies for the 2013-2015 Term

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Appointments to Council Advisory Bodies

At its November meeting, the Council made the following appointments for the 2013-2015 advisory body term. For more information on the nomination process and those nominated, see the November briefing book materials.


Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel

California Commercial Seats

  • Mr. David Haworth
  • Ms. Terry Hoinsky
  • Mr. Nick Jurlin

Oregon Commercial Seat

  • Mr. Eugene Law

Washington Commercial Seat

  • Mr. Robert Zuanich

California Processor Seat

  • Ms. Diane Pleschner-Steele

Oregon Processor Seat

  • Mr. Mike Okoniewski

Washington Processor Seat

  • Mr. Richard Carroll

California Sport/Charter Seat

  • CPT Paul Strasser

Conservation Seat

  • Ms. Sarah McTee


Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

California Seats

  • Ms. Kathy Fosmark
  • Mr. Donald Maruska
  • Vacant

Oregon Seats

  • Mr. Ben Enticknap
  • Mr. Scott McMullen
  • Mr. Frank Warrens

Washington Seats

  • Mr. Paul B. Dye
  • Dr. Terrie Klinger
  • Mr. Nate Stone


Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Fixed Gear At-Large Seats

  • Mr. Bob Alverson
  • Ms. Michele Longo-Eder
  • Mr. Gerry Richter

Bottom Trawl Seat

  • Mr. Tommy Ancona

Mid-Water Trawl Seat

  • Ms. Heather Mann

Trawl At-Large Seats

  • Mr. Brent Paine
  • Mr. Kevin Dunn

Open Access South of Cape Mendocino Seat

  • Mr. Daniel Platt

Open Access North of Cape Mendocino Seat

  • Mr. Jeffery Miles

Processors At-Large Seats

  • Ms. Susan Chambers
  • Mr. Tom Libby

At-Sea Processor Seat

  • Mr. Dan Waldeck

California Charter South of Point Conception Seat

  • Mr. Louis Zimm

California Charter North of Point Conception Seat

  • Mr. Bob Ingles

Oregon Charter Seat

  • Mr. Wayne Butler

Washington Charter Seat

  • Mr. Mark Cedergreen

Sport Fisheries At-Large Seats

  • Mr. John Hollaway
  • Mr. Dave Seiler
  • Mr. Tom Marking

Conservation Seat

  • Mr. Shems Judd

Tribal Seat

  • Steve Joner


Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel

Commercial Troll Seat

  • Mr. Wayne Heikkila

Commercial Purse Seine Seat

  • Mr. August Felando

Commercial Gillnet Seat

  • Mr. Steve Fosmark

Commercial Fisheries At-Large Seats

  • Mr. Pete Dupuy
  • Mr. Doug Fricke
  • Mr. William Sutton

Processor South of Cape Mendocino Seat

  • Mr. Steve Foltz

Processor North of Cape Mendocino Seat

  • Mr. Pierre Marchand

California Charter Seat

  • Mr. Mike Thompson

Washington/Oregon Charter Seat

  • Ms. Linda Buell

Private Sport Seat

  • Mr. Bob Osborne

Conservation Seat

  • Mr. Charles Farwell

Public At-Large

  • Ms. Pamela Tom


Salmon Advisory Subpanel

California Troll Seat

  • Mr. Aaron Newman

Oregon Troll Seat

  • Mr. Paul Heikkila

Washington Troll Seat

  • Mr. Jim Olson

Commercial Gillnet Seat

  • Mr. Kent Martin

Processor Seat

  • Mr. Gerald Reinholdt

California Charter Seat

  • Mr. Craig Stone

Oregon Charter Seat

  • Mr. Mike Sorenson

Washington Charter Seat

  • Mr. Butch Smith

California Sport Seat

  • Mr. Marc Gorelnik

Oregon Sport Seat

  • Mr. Richard Heap

Washington Sport Seat

  • Mr. Steve Watrous

Idaho Sport Seat

  • Dr. Richard Scully

Washington Tribal Seat

  • Vacant

California Tribal Seat

  • Mr. Dave Hillemeier

Conservation Seat

  • Mr. Jim Hie


Habitat Committee

Commercial Fishery Seat

  • Mr. Joel Kawahara

Sport Fishery Seat

  • Ms. Liz Hamilton

Conservation Seat

  • Dr. Douglas DeHart

Northwest or Columbia River Tribal Seat

  • Vacant

California Tribal Seat

  • Mr. Mike Orcutt

Public At-Large

  • Mr. Stephen Scheiblauer


Scientific and Statistical Committee

  • Dr. Vladlena Gertseva
  • Dr. Selina Heppell
  • Dr. Daniel Huppert
  • Mr. Tom Jagielo
  • Dr. Todd Lee
  • Dr. Andreʹ Punt
  • Dr. William Satterthwaite


Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team

Tribal Seat

  • Mr. Alan Sarich
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Reminder That You Can Follow the Council Meeting Agenda on Twitter!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Just a Reminder! If you ever wonder what agenda item the Council is on during a Council meeting, wonder no more. The status of the Council meeting agenda is posted on Twitter at @PFMCagenda. See how to sign up for cell phone notifications here. You can also follow the regular Council Twitter feed at @PacificCouncil.

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Groundfish Inseason Actions from November 2012 Meeting

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

Groundfish Inseason Actions from November 2012 Meeting

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

The Council recommended adjustments to the proposed sablefish trip limits for the 2013 limited entry and open access fixed gear fisheries for sablefish north of 36° N. latitude. For the limited entry fishery, the limits will change from “1,100 lbs per week, not to exceed 4,200 lbs per 2 months” to “950 lbs per week, not to exceed 2,850 lbs per 2 months” for Periods 1-6. For the open access fishery, the limits will change from “300 lb per day or one landing per week up to 610 lb per week, not to exceed 1,220 per 2 months” for Periods 1-6 to “300 lb per day or one landing per week up to 700 lb, not to exceed 1,400 per 2 month” for Periods 1-5 and “300 lb per day or one landing per week up to 300 lb, not to exceed 600 lbs per 2 months” for Period 6.

Additionally, the Council recommended changes to the Washington recreational fisheries for 2013 to reduce yelloweye rockfish mortality: For Marine Areas 3 (La Push) and 4 (Neah Bay), restrict the recreational bottomfish fishery to the area shoreward of 20 fathoms from May 1 to September 30, except on days open to the halibut fishery. On days that the halibut fishery is open, no bottomfish except lingcod, Pacific cod, and sablefish can be retained seaward of 20 fathoms.

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