Archive for November, 2013

Public Hearings on Salmon Management Alternatives to be Held March 2014

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council March 24-25, 2014. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 24, 2014
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 24, 2014
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Hilton Sonoma Wine Country
Golden Gate CD Room
3555 Round Barn Blvd.
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
707-523-7555
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 public hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold two work sessions.

January 21-24, 2014: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 18-21, 2014: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2014 ocean salmon fisheries.

The two work sessions will be held at the following location:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large 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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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team to Hold Meeting January 7-9, 2014

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT).  The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop advice to the Council regarding the potential to change the temperature index used as a correlate for sardine recruitment, as well as other considerations regarding elements of the Pacific sardine harvest control rule.  The CPSMT will develop a report for inclusion in the advance briefing book materials for the March, 2014 Council meeting.

The meeting will begin at 10 a.m. January 7, and will convene at 8 a.m. each subsequent day.  The meeting will adjourn each day at 5 p.m. or until business for the day has been completed.

The CPSMT meeting 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

This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSMT meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Two Conference Calls

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene two conference calls of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC). The first conference call will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.  The second conference call will be held Tuesday February 4, 2014, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

The primary purpose of the conference calls is to discuss and finalize the Phase 2 Report, which summarizes the status of the essential fish habitat periodic review, describes the proposals that were received, and makes recommendations to the Council for further action.  The Phase 2 Report is scheduled to be considered by the Council at its March, 2014 meeting.

A listening station will be made available at the Council offices:

Pacific Fishery Management Council
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 EFHRC work session, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280, ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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New trawl rationalization program regulations published: NMFS compliance guide available, workshop scheduled for December 11, 2013

Monday, November 25th, 2013

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces publication of the Compliance Guide for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program, Program Improvement and Enhancement Rule (PIE 2).

Hard copies of this compliance guide will be mailed to:

  • All limited entry permit owners (including Mothership endorsed, Mothership/ Catcher Vessel endorsed, and Catcher/ Processor endorsed),
  • All vessel owners with a vessel currently registered to a limited entry permit,
  • All quota share permit owners,
  • All vessel account owners, and
  • All first receivers with a current first receiver site license.

Additionally, the compliance guide is now available online here:
http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/pie_2_compliance_guide.pdf

NMFS also announces a PIE 2 “goto meeting” workshop, which will be held December 11, 2013 from 1pm to 4pm PST. This workshop will be comprised of a conference call-in line and an online presentation. The presentation will consist of an online QS trading tutorial, and a presentation regarding the other regulatory changes implemented by PIE 2. This will be followed by a question and answer session. Attendance is limited, and will be managed on a “first come, first served” basis. If there is sufficient demand, additional workshops will be scheduled.

If you would like to attend the PIE 2 workshop, please RSVP to Ariel Jacobs, (206) 526-4491, ariel.jacobs@noaa.gov.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet January 22-24, 2014

Tuesday, November 19th, 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 will meet Wednesday, January 22, 2014, to Friday, January 24, 2014.  The meeting will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and continue until close of business on each day.  The meeting is expected to adjourn by midday on January 24.

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 plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery.
  2. Developments to improve reporting of HMS fishery performance metrics out of the Pacific Fishery Information Network (PacFIN) database.
  3. Updates on recent developments at the international level affecting HMS stocks of interest.
  4. Potential changes to HMS management that may be implemented for the April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2017 biennial period, which the Council will begin considering in June 2014.

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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Latest Version of The Line, Summary of West Coast Fisheries News

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Download The Line, Volume 2, No. 5, a publication of the Pacific Fishery Management Council. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news, for fishermen, published five times per year. This issue highlights the decisions made at the November 2013 PFMC meeting.

You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter and The Line by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

Please direct your comments and thoughts regarding The Line or other public relations matters to Jennifer.Gilden@noaa.gov, Information and Communications Specialist at 503-820-2280 ext. 418, or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Groundfish Subcommittee to Meet Via Webinar on December 11, 2013

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council’s) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold an online webinar in preparation for the SSC’s March 2014 meeting.  The online SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is open to the public.

The SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar will commence at 1 p.m. PST, Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and continue until 4 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day.

The purpose of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee webinar is to review a final draft of the 2013 cowcod rebuilding analysis, data-poor overfishing limit estimates for kelp greenling and the Washington stock of cabezon, and other business in preparation for the SSC’s March 2014 meeting.  Any recommendations developed at the webinar will be submitted for consideration by the Council’s SSC at its March 2014 meeting in Sacramento, California.

To Attend the Webinar

This webinar is held on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 661-616-231
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

It is recommended that you use a computer headset as GoToMeeting allows you to listen to the meeting using your computer headset and speakers. If you do not have a headset and speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-646-307-1720 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 754-659-346.

Technical Information and User Guide

System Requirements

  • PC-based attendees: Required: Windows® 7, Vista, or XP
  • Mac®-based attendees: Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Required: iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting Webinar Apps)

User Guide

You may also send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SSC Groundfish Subcommittee chair.

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. John DeVore at 503-820-2280 ext. 413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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November 2013 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met November 1-6, 2013 in Costa Mesa, California. The November 2013 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Groundfish Inseason Actions from November 2013 Meeting

Friday, November 8th, 2013

The Council considered sablefish projections for 2014 and adopted the following landing limits:

  1. Establish sablefish trip limits for limited entry fixed-gear north of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “950 lb/week, not to exceed 2,850 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
  2. Establish sablefish trip limits for open access fixed-gear north of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 800 lb, not to exceed 1,600 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
  3. Establish sablefish trip limits for limited entry fixed-gear south of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “2,000 lb/week” for Periods 1 through 6.
  4. Establish sablefish trip limits for open access fixed-gear south of 36° N lat. in 2014 of “300 lb/day, or one landing per week of up to 1,600 lb, not to exceed 3,200 lb/two months” for Periods 1 through 6.
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