Archive for March, 2013

Five Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

Five Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR Panel will review new data-moderate assessments for brown rockfish, China rockfish, copper rockfish, English sole, rex sole, sharpchin rockfish, stripetail rockfish, vermilion rockfish, and yellowtail rockfish. The second STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish. The third STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for rougheye and aurora rockfish. The fourth STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for shortspine and longspine thornyheads. The fifth STAR Panel will review new benchmark assessments for cowcod and Pacific sanddabs.

Purpose of the STAR Panels

The purpose of the Stock Assessment Review Panels is to review draft 2013 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for stock assessments using data-moderate methods as well as category 1 benchmark stock assessments for petrale sole, darkblotched rockfish, rougheye rockfish, aurora rockfish, shortspine thornyhead, longspine thornyhead, cowcod, and Pacific sanddabs; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce Stock Assessment Review Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council family and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2015-16 fisheries. No management actions will be decided by the Panel. The Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its June meeting in Garden Grove, California and its September meeting in Boise, Idaho.

STAR Panel Meeting Dates and Times

The data-moderate STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 22, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, April 26, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, May 13, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, May 17, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The rougheye and aurora rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 8, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 12, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The shortspine and longspine thornyheads STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 22, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 26, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

The cowcod and Pacific sanddabs STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, August 5, 2013. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, August 6, 2013 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, August 9, 2013. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Meeting Locations

The data-moderate STAR Panel meeting, as well as the cowcod and Pacific sanddabs STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900

Driving Directions

The petrale sole and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

The Silver Cloud University Inn
5036 25th Avenue N.E.
Seattle Washington 98105
206-526-5200

Driving Directions

The rougheye and aurora rockfish STAR Panel meeting, as well as the shortspine and longspine thornyheads STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
The Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. East
Seattle Washington 98112-2097
206-860-3200

Driving Directions

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location. Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities. Foreign national visitors should contact Ms. Stacey Miller at 541-961-8475 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

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 more information regarding these meetings, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2280, ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 2013 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

The Briefing Book for the April 2013 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “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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Department of State seeking applications for the General Advisory Committee and Scientific Advisory Subcommittee (IATTC)

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

A Federal Register notice that published March 25 announced the Department of State is seeking applications and nominations for the renewal of the General Advisory Committee to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) as well as to a Scientific Advisory Subcommittee of the General Advisory Committee.  The purpose of the General Advisory Committee and the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee is to provide public input and advice to the United States Section to the IATTC in the formulation of U.S. policy and positions at meetings of the IATTC and its subsidiary bodies.

David F. Hogan (Deputy Director, Office of Marine Conservation, U.S. Department of State) has indicated that the April 1 deadline in the notice is extended to April 5.

For more information consult the notice.

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Request for nominations to a California at-large position on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) for the 2013-2015 advisory body term. The reopening is due to a vacancy in one of the three California at-large positions. The successful nominee will be notified following the Council’s June 2013 meeting. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Wednesday, May 22, 2013.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcement and instructions on how to submit nominations.

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Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council’s Website

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2013 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XC438 has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2013 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments on the proposed management Alternatives may be presented at public hearings (see “Salmon Public Hearings” for locations and dates). Additional comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office by 11:59 PM, March 31, 2013 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.

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Reminder! Public Hearings on the Salmon Fishery Management Alternatives to be Held

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council. The hearings will take place March 25-26, 2013. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 25, 2013
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 25, 2013
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Red Lion Eureka
Humboldt Bay Room
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
707-445-0844
Driving Directions

These hearings are 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 public hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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March 2013 Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

March 2013 Council Decisions

March 2013 Meeting Minutes

March 2013 Voting Log

March 2013 Briefing Book

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March 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document Available Online

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 7-11, 2013 in Tacoma, Washington. The March 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Public Comment Deadlines for the April 2013 Briefing Book

Monday, March 11th, 2013

April 2013 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received by 11:59 pm, March 19, 2013, 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

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after March 19 but by 11:59 pm, March 31 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.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

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