Archive for January, 2013

Materials for Workshop on Pacific Sardine Management Strategy and Harvest Control Parameters

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

Materials are available in electronic format for the February 5-8, 2013 Workshop on Pacific Sardine Management Strategy and Harvest Control Parameters. You may request the materials by sending an email to
Mr. Kerry Griffin or pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.

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NOAA’s “Draft Division Enforcement Priorities for 2013” document available

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

NOAA has made available for public review, their Draft Division Enforcement Priorities for 2013 document. This document is available through the NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, Enforcement Priorities website for the next 60 days.

Please email NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement your comments at enforcementpriorities@noaa.gov or mail them to:

NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement
Attention: Tracy Dunn
8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite 415
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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NOAA to Hold Public Hearings Regarding Marine Sanctuary Expansion

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

NOAA is considering whether to expand the boundaries of Cordell Bank and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries. A series of public scoping meetings will be held as follows (please note, these are corrected dates from the dates first published in the Federal Register):

Bodega Bay, CA
DATE: January 24, 2013
LOCATION: Bodega Bay Grange Hall
ADDRESS: 1370 Bodega Avenue, Bodega Bay, CA
TIME: 6:00 p.m.

Pt. Arena, CA
DATE: February 12, 2013
LOCATION: Point Arena High School
ADDRESS: 185 Lake Street, Point Arena, CA 95468
TIME: 6:00 p.m.

Gualala, CA
DATE: February 13, 2013
LOCATION: Gualala Community Center
ADDRESS: 47950 Center St., Gualala, CA
TIME: 6:00 p.m.

Please visit the Farallones Northern Area Expansion webpage for all details. Public comment will be accepted through March 1. You may also contact: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary – Michael.Carver@noaa.gov; Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Brian.Johnson@noaa.gov.

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Winter 2012-13 issue of Pacific Council News now available

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

The Winter 2012-13 issue of the Pacific Council News is now available. Please visit the Council’s Newsletters webpage for details.

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Bilateral Pacific Whiting Joint Technical Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The bilateral Pacific Whiting Joint Technical Committee will meet Wednesday and Thursday, January 23-24, 2013.

The meeting will be held at:

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-826-4242

For further information and meeting agenda, please contact the Groundfish Branch of the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Region at 206-526-6140; or visit their Pacific Whiting Treaty webpage.

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Registration Now Open for Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 Conference

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

Registration is now open for the third Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conference, to be held May 7-9, 2013 in Washington, D.C., with a welcome reception on the evening of May 6. The conference is convened by the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils and hosted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council.

This conference follows up on the highly successful Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries conferences held in 2003 and 2005. Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 will focus on how concepts, policies, and practice of fishery sustainability can be advanced to a higher level. Sessions will be of interest to members of the public, fishery participants, environmental advocates, fishery scientists and managers, policymakers, legislators, and journalists.

The discussion will address Magnuson-Stevens Act reauthorization issues, as well as adjustments to current management that do not require legislation to implement. The conference will provide a forum for information exchange and an opportunity to hear a wide range of perspectives on the sustainability of fish stocks and ecosystem functions, and the fishing communities that depend on them.

For more information, see the conference website.

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Workshop on Pacific Sardine Management Strategy and Harvest Control Parameters

Friday, January 11th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a workshop to examine possibilities to improve management strategy concepts and elements currently in use for the Pacific sardine fishery.

Purpose

The purpose of the workshop is to consider information in the context of current management of the Pacific sardine resource off the U.S. West Coast.  There will be three primary objectives of the workshop:

  1. Evaluate the current management strategy with regard to the biological risk to sardine stocks.  This approach includes reviewing and refining the mathematical specifications to develop a risk assessment projection model that could be used to evaluate different Fmsy proxies and trade-offs achieved by different parameterizations of appropriate harvest control rule (HCR) elements.
  2. Consider the possibility of new predictive relationships between sardine recruitment success and environmental parameters; and consider the proportion of the stock that occurs in U.S. waters under varying oceanographic regimes.
  3. Review information on California Current ecosystem models and consider elements that would form the basis for a management strategy evaluation (MSE), and develop an initial plan for a process and schedule for a full MSE.

The outcomes of this workshop will be considered by the Council at its April 2013 meeting in Portland, Oregon.  If workshop outcomes warrant consideration of changes to management elements, the process and schedule would be established at the April meeting.

The workshop will be open to the public, and there may be opportunity for public comment, at the discretion of the workshop Chair.  Invited participants will be experts in their respective fields, representing academia, fishing industry, agencies, conservation, and independent scientists.  The invited participants will work toward consensus recommendations addressing the three primary objectives above.

Workshop Dates and Times

The workshop will be held Tuesday, February 5 through Friday, February 8, 2013.  The workshop will begin the first day at 8:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. each subsequent day.  Work will conclude each day at 5:00 p.m. or until business for that day is completed.  The workshop may adjourn early on the final day, if sufficient work is completed and at the discretion of the Chair.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at the following location:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Edward W. “Ted” Scripps II Room of the Seaside Forum
8610 Kennel Way
La Jolla, California, 92037
Driving Directions

Additional Information

This 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.

If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel to Hold Conference Call

Monday, January 7th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a conference call of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) on Tuesday, January 29, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.  A listening station will be available at the Council offices for interested members of the public, and there may be opportunities to attend the meeting remotely.  The primary purpose of the conference call is to discuss the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan, which is scheduled to be adopted at the Council’s April 2013 meeting in Portland, Oregon.  Other items may be addressed as time allows and at the discretion of the Chairs.  These other items may include the February 5-8, 2013 Pacific sardine harvest parameters workshop and a plan for holding future CPSMT and CPSAS elections.

A listening station will be available at the following location:

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

If you have additional questions regarding the conference call, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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