Archive for May, 2013

Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel to Meet Via Teleconference to Review the Federal List of Authorized West Coast Fisheries

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting via teleconference of the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) that is open to the public. A listening station will be available at the Pacific Council office for interested members of the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of reviewing a report of the Ecosystem Plan Development Team (EPDT) and considering recommendations to the Council on updating the Federal list of authorized West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone fisheries and other items related to the June 2013 Council meeting.

The EAS will meet on Friday, June 14, 2013, beginning at 1:00 p.m. and concluding at 3:00 p.m., or when business for the day is completed.

A listening station will be made available to the public at the Council office:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Small Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place
Portland, OR 97220-1384
Telephone: 503-820-2280
Driving Directions

For more information regarding the EAS conference call, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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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June 18-25, 2013 Council Meeting

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Council to Begin Consideration of 2015-2016 Harvest Specifications and Management Measures

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 18-25, 2013 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, ecosystem based management, and habitat matters.

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

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Press Release: Successful Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 Conference Brings Together Diverse Voices

Friday, May 10th, 2013

Washington, D.C., May 9, 2013 — The Managing Our Nation’s Fisheries 3 conference wrapped up on a successful note, with conference participants developing 128 recommendations for improving fishery sustainability. Please see the full Press Release dated May 9, 2013.

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Biological Opinion for the California Drift Gillnet Fishery Available

Friday, May 10th, 2013

National Marine Fisheries Service Southwest Region has released the Biological Opinion on the continued management of the drift gillnet fishery managed under the Fishery Management Plan for West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species.

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PFMC Announces Request for Proposals to Modify Pacific Coast Groundfish EFH

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

The PFMC announces a Request for Proposals to modify Pacific Coast groundfish essential fish habitat. The Council’s Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee has completed Phase 1 of the EFH review, and will consider proposals during Phase 2. Proposals are due July 31, 2013.

The following documents should be used as a basis for any proposals to modify groundfish EFH:

  1. EFHRC Phase 1 Report, Including Addendum
  2. EFH Data Portal
  3. NMFS Synthesis Report
  4. NMFS Synthesis Report Appendices

Please refer to the RFP for any further questions.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Conference Call

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a conference call beginning at 1:00 p.m. on May 22, 2013, and lasting for approximately one and a half hours.  There will be public listening stations at the following locations:

Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California  92037
Driving Directions

Pacific Fishery Management Council Office
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon  97220-1384
Driving Directions

The HMSMT requested further guidance on an assignment from the March 2013 Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington.  The Council directed the HMSMT to identify potential measures that should be implemented pursuant to the precautionary management framework for North Pacific albacore currently under development at the international level.  The HMSMT will discuss further guidance with Council and National Marine Fisheries Service staff during the conference call.  The HMSMT will hold a separate meeting to prepare a report with recommendations on this topic for the June 20-25, 2013, Council meeting.

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 about the work session, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public.  The HMSMT meeting will begin at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28; 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 29; and 8:30 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013.  On each day the meeting will continue until business is completed.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Discussion Topics

The HMSMT will discuss the following topics:

  1. An assignment from the March 2013 Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington.  The Council directed the HMSMT to identify potential measures that should be implemented pursuant to the precautionary management framework for North Pacific albacore currently under development at the international level.  The HMSMT will provide a report with its recommendations at the June 20-25, 2013, Council meeting.
  2. Response to finding by National Marine Fisheries Service that Pacific bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) is overfished and recommendations for Council response per Section 304(i) of the Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act
  3. Work on the 2013 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation document, which is prepared annually, summarizing information from the previous year.
  4. Future work planning.
  5. Informational topics related to HMSMT responsibilities.

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 about the work session, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Enforcement Consultants to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Enforcement Consultants (EC) will hold an online webinar, which is open to the public.  The primary purpose of the webinar is to develop recommendations on the vessel monitoring system (VMS) agenda item scheduled for the June 2013 Council meeting.  The online webinar will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time Thursday, May 23, 2013, and continue until business is completed.

The main VMS issue to be discussed pertains to fishery declarations required by vessels with VMS units acquired for use in the commercial groundfish fishery.   Other items on the June 2013 Council agenda may also be discussed during the meeting.  Public comment will be accommodated through the webinar online platform.  Specifics as to the timing and method for making public comment will be announced at the beginning of the webinar.

To attend the EC webinar, please reserve your seat by visiting https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/689010826.  If requested, enter your name, email address, and the webinar ID, which is 689-010-826.  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 webinar from the U.S. or Canada, call the toll number +1 (914) 339-0021 (note: this is not a toll-free number) and use the access code 328-966-651 when prompted.

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 webinar, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2280 ext. 425; toll free 1-866-806-7204. If you need technical webinar assistance, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2419.

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South of Humbug Pacific Halibut Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc South of Humbug Pacific Halibut Workgroup (Workgroup) will hold a webinar which is open to the public, on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 from 9 a.m. until business for the day has been completed.  The objective of the meeting is to review analysis of recreational management measures designed to reduce Pacific halibut catch in southern Oregon and northern California (i.e., south of Humbug Mountain).  The Workgroup is tentatively scheduled to report their findings to the Council at their September 2013 meeting in Boise, Idaho. Public comment will be accommodated through the webinar online platform. Specifics as to the timing and method for making public comment will be announced at the beginning of the webinar.

To attend the Workgroup webinar, please reserve your seat by visiting  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/557684818.  If requested, enter your name, email address, and the webinar ID, which is 557-684-818.  Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail message that contains detailed audio and viewing information about the event.  To only join the audio teleconference of the webinar from the U.S. or Canada, call the toll number +1 (909) 259-0023 (note: this is not a toll-free number) and use the access code 959-411-833 when prompted.

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 webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280 ext. 425; toll free 1-866-806-7204. If you need technical webinar assistance, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2419.

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Groundfish Management Team to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a Webinar, which is open to the public, on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 from 1:30 pm until business for the day has been completed. The objective of the meeting is to review analysis designed to inform the potential reorganization of groundfish stock complexes.  The GMT is tentatively scheduled to report their findings to the Council at their June 2013 meeting in Garden Grove, California. Public comment will be accommodated through the webinar online platform. Specifics as to the timing and method for making public comment will be announced at the beginning of the webinar.

To attend the GMT webinar, please reserve your seat by visiting  https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/868468890.  If requested, enter your name, email address, and the webinar ID, which is 868-468-890.  Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation e-mail message that contains detailed audio and viewing information about the event.  To only join the audio teleconference of the 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 802-457-985 when prompted.

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 webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280 ext. 425; toll free 1-866-806-7204. If you need technical webinar assistance, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2419.

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