Archive for February, 2013

Salmon Preseason Report I Available on Council’s Website

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2013 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280 ext. 414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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March 2013 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

The Briefing Book for the March 2013 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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Materials Available for the Trawl Catch Share Program Electronic Monitoring Workshop February 25-27, 2013

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The agenda and materials for the February 25-27, 2013 Trawl Catch Share Program Electronic Monitoring Workshop are now available. Please see the “Workshop Meeting notice” for complete details and materials.

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Video Guide to the February 2013 Draft Fishery Ecosystem Plan (Recorded Webinar)

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The chair of the Council’s Ecosystem Plan Development team, Ms. Yvonne de Reynier, has prepared a short (~11 min.) video guide recorded on February 14, 2013, that applies to the February 2013 draft version of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP).

The Council is tentatively scheduled to review and provide direction on revisions to the FEP on April 9, 2013, at its meeting in Portland, Oregon.

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

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DRAFT Research and Data Needs document available for public review

Monday, February 18th, 2013

The Council has made available the DRAFT Research and Data Needs document (February 2013) which has been revised in response to comments since September 2012. Visit the Council’s Research and Data Needs webpage for the document and details.

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DRAFT Pacific Coast Fishery Ecosystem Plan Available for Public Review

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The Council has made available for Public Review, the DRAFT Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) and the Public Review Draft FEP Ecosystem Initiatives Appendix. Both documents are together provided for public review, in compliance with the Council direction from November 2012. The Council is scheduled to consider adopting a final FEP at its April 6-11, 2013 meeting in Portland, Oregon.

See the FEP Public Review Draft webpage to download the documents.

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Final Rule Published; Amendment 17 to the Salmon Fishery Management Plan

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued the final rule to implement Amendment 17 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. Amendment 17 was approved by NMFS on February 5, 2013. Amendment 17 revises the maximum fishing mortality threshold for Quillayute fall coho, revises the FMP to correct typographical errors, updates reporting measures to reflect new technology, and updates or removes other obsolete or unnecessary language; it also discontinues the public comment period for final management measures that are published in the Federal Register and updates mechanisms for obtaining information on management of the fishery. For complete details, please see the Federal Register notice “Final Rule to implement Amendment 17 to the Salmon FMP”, dated February 14, 2013.

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Review of 2012 Ocean Salmon Fisheries Available Online

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management options for the approaching fishing season.

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Trawl Catch Share Program Electronic Monitoring Workshop February 25-27, 2013

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Purpose

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a workshop on electronic monitoring in the rationalized groundfish trawl fishery (workshop), which is open to the public. The workshop purpose is to develop the policy context and identify necessary elements for a thorough Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) process to consider possible regulatory changes providing for the use of electronic monitoring in the West Coast groundfish trawl catch share program. If electronic monitoring is implemented, the current 100 percent catch observer coverage requirement would be changed. Workshop recommendations will be provided to the Council for consideration at its April, 2013 meeting in Portland, Oregon.

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Workshop Materials

The following are the materials distributed for the Council workshop on electronic monitoring for vessels participating in the groundfish trawl catch share program. You can download them all as one file or individual by clicking on the links below:

Agenda Item Attachment Title
Download all attachments as one file
A.2 Attachment 1 – Terms of Reference Terms of Reference for the Pacific Council Workshop on Electronic Monitoring for Vessels Participating in the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program
A.2 Attachment 2 – Workshop Agenda PROPOSED AGENDA, Electronic Monitoring Workshop
B.1 Attachment 1 –Cameras for Whiting Electronic Monitoring in the Shore-Side Hake Fishery 2004 to 2010
B.2.a Attachment 1 – FMA Project National Fish and Wildlife Grants, to the Fishermen’s Marketing Association
B.2.b Attachment 1 – Fixed Gear Vessels – Morro Bay Electronic Monitoring Pilot Study Report for West Coast Groundfish Trawl ITQ Program
B.2.b Attachment 2 – Cap Log Report Introduction to Economic Model and Summary of Monitoring Concepts for the West Coast Groundfish FIQ Program
B.2.c Attachment 1 – Sea State  Project Sea State, February 13, 2013, EM Workshop Presentation Description
B.2.d Attachment 1 – PSMFC Project 2013 PSMFC Project – 2012 Season Results
B.3 Attachment 1 – EM in Alaska Electronic Monitoring in Alaska – Synopsis for Agenda Item B.3
C.1 Attachment 1 – Strawmen P&N, G&O Electronic Monitoring – Background, Purpose and Need, Goals and Objectives
D.1.a Attachment 1 – Preliminary Feasibility Matrix – NWFSC Preliminary Thoughts on Observer Functions and the Corresponding Abilities of Electronic Monitoring (Northwest Fishery Science Center (NWFSC) Response)
D.1.b&c Attachment 1 – Preliminary Feasibility Matrix – NW OLE, NOAA GCEL, and NWR Preliminary Thoughts on Observer Functions and the Corresponding Abilities of Electronic Monitoring (Northwest Division Office of Law Enforcement(NW OLE),  NOAA General Counsel Enforcement Litigation (NOAA GCEL), and Northwest Region (NWR))
D.1.c Supplemental Attachment 2 – NOAA GCEL Legal and Enforcement Considerations
D.2.a Attachment 1 – EM Strawmen Electric Monitoring Strawmen for Consideration
D.2.a Attachment 2 – Compliance Incentives Creating an Incentive Based Environment for Good Behavior Consideration of a Cooperative Agreement Program  for Furthering Electronic Monitoring Compliance
E.1 Attachment 1 – PSMFC Rare Events Pacific Sates Field Study – Detection of Rare Events
E.2 Attachment 1 – PSMFC 2013 Design Pacific Sates Field Study –2013 Study Design
F Attachment 1 – Draft Calendar DRAFT Possible Regulation Amendment Process for Consideration of Electronic Monitoring
Back-Ground Background – CCC EM Agenda and NMFS Whitepapers Electronic Monitoring Annotated Agenda CCC Meeting – February 21, 2013 Silver Spring, MD [also includes whitepapers]
Back-Ground Background – Tech Paper – Est Wt and Species ESTIMATING WEIGHT AND IDENTIFYING SPECIES THROUGH ELECTRONIC MONITORING (EM): A PRELIMINARY COMPARISON OF ELECTRONIC AND OBSERVER-BASED REPORTING
Back-Ground Background – Fisheries Monitoring Road Map Cover letter and Fisheries Monitoring Roadmap
Back-Ground Supplemental Background – News Article – Fishery Recovery Press Democrat: Feds see early signs of Pacific fishery recovery
Back-Ground Supplemental Background – DRAFT EA Implementing Amendment 10 A MAXIMIZED RETENTION AND MONITORING PROGRAM
FOR THE PACIFIC WHITING SHORESIDE FISHERY
IMPLEMENTING AMENDMENT 10
TO THE PACIFIC COAST GROUNDFISH FISHERY MANAGEMENT PLAN
DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT

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Presentations

PowerPoint Title Presented By
Agenda Item B.1: Electronic Monitoring in the Shore-Side Hake Fishery 2004 to 2010 Howard McElderrry
Agenda Item B.2.a: Summary of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Grants to the FMA Pete Leipzig
Agenda Item B.2.b: Electronic Monitoring Pilot Studies on Fixed Gear Vessels in Central California Michael Bell – Senior Project Director, The Nature Conservancy
Agenda Item B.2.c: Overview of NFWF Grant to Develop Video Monitoring for Full-Retention Fisheries Karl Haflinger, Sea State Inc., and Eric Torgerson, Finsight
Agenda Item B.2.d: 2012 EM Season Results Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Dave Colpo
Agenda Item B.3: Monitoring Technology in Alaska Farron Wallace
Agenda Item B.4: Northeast Region Pilot Program Melissa Hooper
Agenda Item D.1.b: Electronic Monitoring – Management Compliance Requirements Colby Brady
Agenda Item D.1.c: Vessel Based Electronic Monitoring Feasability Evaluation: Enforcement Dayna Matthews
Agenda Items E.1 & E.2: Electronic Monitoring Workshop, Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Field Study Dave Colpo

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Time and Dates

The workshop will convene Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10 a.m. the first day, and 8:00 a.m. each subsequent day.  The meeting will continue until 5:00 p.m. or until business is concluded each day and adjourn Wednesday, February 27, 2013, by noon.

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Location

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

Embassy Suites Portland Airport
Spruce Room
7900 NE 82nd Avenue
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-460-3000
Driving Directions

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Additional Information

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 further information, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2280 ext. 416.

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March 6-11, 2013 Council Meeting

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013

Council to Adopt Range of Alternatives for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries for Public Review

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 6-11, 2013 in Tacoma, Washington to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, highly migratory species, and habitat matters.

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

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