Archive for August, 2013

Groundfish EFH Proposals Available

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

On May 2, 2013, the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC) put out a “Request for Proposals to Modify Pacific Coast Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat”. Those proposals were due on July 31, 2013. The Council received eight proposals which are available from the Council’s FTP site: ftp://ftp.pcouncil.org/pub/EFH_Proposals_2013/.

The Council’s EFHRC will conduct an evaluation of the efh proposals, and may develop its own proposal, if warranted. The EFHRC will develop recommendations to be considered by the Council at the appropriate meeting. At that point, the EFH review process will be concluded and the Council will decide whether sufficient new information exists to pursue modifying groundfish EFH, through an FMP amendment or other appropriate process.

If you have further questions, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin, Pacific Fishery Management Council at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Technical Team, Salmon Advisory Subpanel, and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold a Work Session by Telephone Conference

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Salmon Technical Team (STT), the Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS), and the Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) by telephone conference that is open to the public.  Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of drafting STT, SAS, and MEW reports and recommendations for the September 12-17, 2013 Council meeting in Boise, Idaho.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review information in the Council’s September 2013 meeting briefing book related to salmon and ecosystem-based management, and to develop comments and recommendations for consideration at the September 2013 Council meeting.

The teleconference will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., or when business for the call 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, OR 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 work sessions, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Research and Data Needs Document available

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Council has completed its 2013 Research and Data Needs document which has been revised in response to comments since September 2012. Please see the Council’s Research and Data Needs webpage to download the document.

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Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Workgroup And Advisory Committee Meeting

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will hold a work session for the Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Workgroup and Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Advisory Committee (GEM Committees), which is open to the public. The primary purpose of the meeting is to discuss and develop potential alternatives for electronic monitoring (EM) for vessels participating in the West Coast groundfish trawl catch share program for consideration by the Pacific Council and to develop other recommendations as needed to further the Pacific Council process for considering EM. The GEM Committees were established by the Pacific Council at the June 2013 meeting in Garden Grove, California. No management actions will be decided at this meeting. The meeting will include review of the 2013 Trawl Catch Share Program EM Workshop Report and other reports to guide discussions. A meeting report will be prepared by Pacific Council staff for consideration by the Pacific Council at its September 2013 meeting in Boise, Idaho.

The meeting will be held August 20 and 21, 2013, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed.

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

Holiday Inn Portland Airport
Salon A Room
8439 NE Columbia Blvd.
Portland, OR 97220
Telephone: 503-256-5000

Driving Directions

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2280, ext. 424 or Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2280, ext. 416; 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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