Archive for January, 2014

Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Review and Data Availability Meeting

Friday, January 31st, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a Pacific sardine stock assessment review (STAR) panel Monday, March 3 through Wednesday, March 5, 2014, in La Jolla, California.  The meeting is open to the public.  On Thursday, March 6, there will be a meeting to summarize and characterize the data and surveys available for future coastal pelagic species (CPS) stock assessments.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review a full stock assessment for Pacific sardine.  The last full stock assessment was in 2011, with updates completed in 2012 and 2013. The review panel will consist of two members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Subcommittee on Coastal Pelagic Species, plus two independent experts.  The Council will use the 2014 assessment to establish Pacific sardine fishery management measures and harvest specifications for the 2014-15 fishing year, beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.  Representatives of the Council’s CPS Management Team and the CPS Advisory Subpanel will also attend the meeting.

The purpose of the data availability meeting is to identify likely sources of fisheries data and surveys that can potentially be used in future assessments for Pacific sardine, Pacific mackerel, northern anchovy, and jack mackerel.

The meeting schedule is as follows:
March 3:  8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 4:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 5:  8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (STAR Panel)
March 6:  8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (Data Availability Meeting)

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

Additional Information

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 meetings, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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NMFS Calls for Nominations to the Advisory Panel for Pacific Whiting Agreement with Canada

Friday, January 24th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is soliciting nominations for the United States Advisory Panel (AP) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting. Nominations are being sought to fill one vacancy on the AP for the remainder of a 4-year term expiring on January 22, 2016. The appointee will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the term. Nominations must be received by February 28, 2014.

The Public Notice may be found on the following West Coast Groundfish web page: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/publications/fishery_management/groundfish/public_notices/nmfs-sea-14-01.pdf

If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, Whiting Treaty Coordinator at 206-526-4644.

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West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health Announces New Website

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

The West Coast Governors Alliance on Ocean Health is pleased to announce the launch of the West Coast Ocean Data Portal (http://portal.westcoastoceans.org/). The Portal will help coastal managers, researchers, and the general public to access and discover data relevant to West Coast ocean resource management, policy development, and marine planning.

If you wish to learn more or contribute your data to the Portal, please contact Todd Hallenbeck (Todd.r.hallenbeck@Westcoastoceans.org).

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Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee to Hold Meeting Via Webinar, Public Invited to Listen In

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recently announced two conference calls of its Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC). Both conference calls will be open to the public, in addition to a public listening station available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council offices. The conference calls will be held Tuesday, January 21, 2014, from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.; and Tuesday, February 4, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Please note, the online webinar is available to the public in “listen only mode”.

To join either conference call via webinar, follow these instructions:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 219-351-991
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Once you have joined the webinar, choose either your computer’s audio or select “Use Telephone.” If you do not select “Use Telephone” you will be connected to audio using your computer’s microphone and speakers (VolP). It is recommended that you use a computer headset. If you do not have a headset or speakers, you may use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-480-297-0021 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 158-297-195; audio pin shown after joining the webinar.

Technical Information and User Guide

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)

You may also send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2280 for technical assistance.

The Public Listening Station is located at:

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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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Monday, January 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a public work session February 3-4, 2014 at the Council office in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken at the discretion of the EWG chair as time allows.

The work session will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.  The meeting will reconvene on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. and will proceed until 4 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The work session 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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