Archive for August, 2013

September 2013 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The Briefing Book for the September 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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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Conference Call September 12, 2013

Monday, August 26th, 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 Thursday, September 12, 2013, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time.

The primary purpose of the conference call is to discuss the September Council meeting agenda items I.1 (List of Fisheries) and I.2 (Unmanaged Forage Fish Protection Initiative). The secondary purpose of the conference call is to discuss preparations for the November Council meeting.

A public listening station will be available at:

National Marine Fisheries Service’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
Telephone: 858-546-7000
Driving Directions

There may be opportunities to attend the conference call remotely. Inquiries should be directed to Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409.

For information regarding the public listening station, inquiries should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170.

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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Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS, 2015-2016 Groundfish Specifications

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

On August 22, 2013, NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council announced their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the long-term impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment of setting harvest specifications (including Overfishing Limits (OFLs), Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs), and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)) and management measures, and implementing harvest specifications and management measures in Federal regulations for 2015 and 2016, pursuant to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. See the following Federal Register Notice of Intent: NMFS and the Pacific Council Announce Their Intent to Prepare an EIS for the 2015-2016 Groundfish Specifications (Published August 22, 2013).

NMFS will be accepting written, faxed or emailed comments; and they must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight time on September 23, 2013. Please see the FR Notice for Specific Instructions on How To Comment.

For further information, please contact: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Fishery Management Council, phone: 503–820–2280, fax: 503–820–2299 and email: Kit.Dahl@noaa.gov; or Ms. Sarah Biegel, NMFS Northwest Region NEPA; email: Sarah.T.Biegel@noaa.gov.

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September 11-17, 2013 Council Meeting

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Council to Consider a Variety of Issues Affecting Management of Future Groundfish, Halibut, and Salmon Fisheries

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 11‐17, 2013 in Boise, Idaho to address issues related to groundfish, Pacific halibut, salmon, ecosystem based management, and habitat matters.

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

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June 2013 Council Meeting

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

June 2013 Council Decisions

June 2013 Meeting Minutes

June 2013 Meeting Voting Log

June 2013 Briefing Book

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May 2013 Council Coordination Committee meeting decision summary document available

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council hosted the 2013 CCC meeting in conjunction with the “Managing Our Nations Fisheries 3” conference in Washington D.C., which was also hosted by the Pacific Council. The CCC met May 6, 9, and 10, 2013. The decision summary document from that meeting has been posted to the May 2013 Council Coordination Committee webpage.

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Revisions to the Federal List of Fisheries

Monday, August 12th, 2013

The ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup Report on Revising the Federal List of Fisheries and Gear Authorized for Use in the West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone is now available. It will also be included in the September Council briefing book.

Background

As required by law, the National Marine Fisheries Service maintains a list of all fisheries and fishing gear authorized for use within each area under Council jurisdiction.  No person or vessel is permitted to “employ fishing gear or engage in a fishery not included on such list without giving 90 days advance written notice to the appropriate Council…” The list of fisheries essentially prohibits anyone from developing a new fishery without first providing a review opportunity to the appropriate Council. Fisheries not on the list are not prohibited altogether, but Councils may use the 90-day period to comment on, develop a regulatory plan for, or recommend that NMFS prohibit the proposed fishery as appropriate.

At its June 2013 meeting in Garden Grove, California, the Council discussed potential revisions to the federal list of fisheries and gear authorized for the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ, 3-200 nautical miles offshore). At that meeting, the Council provided instructions on making modifications to the proposed revisions to the federal list of authorized fisheries and gear and those changes are incorporated in the table.

Several of the fisheries listed in the table are divided by latitude line to reflect different fishery regulations in the three coastal states, Washington, Oregon, and California.  Fisheries or gear restrictions that occur only off Washington are listed as applying north of 46°15’ N. lat.  Fisheries or gear restrictions that occur only off Oregon are listed as applying south of 46°15’ N. lat. and north of 42° N. lat.  Fisheries or gear restrictions that occur only off California are listed as applying south of 42° N. lat.  Some fisheries or gear restrictions may apply off two states, or off all three states.  If the Council adopts these latitude lines dividing where gear types may be used, those lines would apply to vessels operating in the EEZ regardless of where a vessel was based or the location of the port in which the vessel would land its fish.

The Council will be discussing its recommendations for revising this list at its September 12-17 meeting in Boise, Idaho.  Comments on whether this list accurately represents existing West Coast EEZ fisheries is appreciated; please email pfmc.comments@noaa.gov by midnight, September 2.

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Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Meeting

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) on Wednesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 5, 2013. The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 5:00 p.m. or when business for the day is complete. The primary purpose of the meeting is to initiate plans for completing the periodic review of groundfish EFH. This will include reviewing the proposals to modify EFH, producing an informational report for the September Pacific Council meeting that summarizes the number and content of proposals, and discussing the Phase 2 Report and recommendations that will be delivered to the Council at the November meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

The meeting will be held at the following location:

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

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409 or 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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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Work Group to Meet Via Teleconference

Friday, August 9th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting via teleconference of the ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group that is open to the public. A listening station will be available at the 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 and addressing Council direction to the ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group, considering next steps in protecting unmanaged forage fish, finalizing recommendations to the Council on the Federal list of authorized West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone fisheries, and other items related to the September 2013 Council meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 29, 2013, beginning at 12 noon and concluding at 3 p.m., or when business 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, Suite 101
Portland, Oregon 97220-1384
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 ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group work session, please contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden at 503-820-2280, ext. 418; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2013 Briefing Book

Friday, August 9th, 2013

September 2013 Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, August 21, 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 August 21 but BY 11:59 pm, September 2 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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