Archive for February, 2014

Salmon Preseason Report I Available on Council’s Website

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2014 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.

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Notice of Availability: Environmental Assessment on the Continued Implementations of the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific Halibut

Friday, February 21st, 2014

On February 21, 2014, NOAA Fisheries has made available the Environmental Assessment (EA) on the Continued Implementations of the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan for Pacific Halibut.

The EA can be found on the NOAA Fisheries website, under “Available for Public Comment” at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/fisheries/management/pacific_halibut_management.html.

NOAA Fisheries is accepting public comments on the EA until February 28, 2014.

Please email all comments to: HalibutEA2014.WCR@noaa.gov.

This notice has been posted as a courtesy to the public and the NOAA Fisheries Service.

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Decisions Summary Document for October 23-24, 2013 CCC Webinar Available

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

Download the Decisions Summary Document for the October 23-24, 2013 CCC webinar.

Materials and background information for that webinar can be found on the October 23-24, 2013 CCC webpage.

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Review of 2013 Ocean Salmon Fisheries Available Online

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Council’s annual review of ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.

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March 2014 Briefing Book Available Online

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

The Briefing Book for the March 2014 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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Updated! Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Public Comment Deadlines for the March 2014 Briefing Book

Public Comment Deadline – Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, February 16, 2014, 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 February 16 but BY 11:59 pm, March 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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NMFS seeking comments on the establishment of a tuna vessel monitoring system in the eastern Pacific Ocean; public hearing to be held

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C-04-06 of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). The regulations would establish requirements for a satellite-based vessel monitoring system (VMS) for U.S. commercial fishing vessels, 24 meters or more in overall length, used to target any fish of the genus Thunnus or of the species Euthynnus (Katsuwonus) pelamis (skipjack tuna) in the area bounded by the west coast of the Americas and on the north, south and west respectively, by the 50° N. and 50° S. parallels, and the 150° W. meridian. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.

Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 6, 2014 for the proposed rule and information regarding the public hearing that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST, February 28, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.

Comments on the proposed rule and the initial regulatory flexibility analysis must be submitted on or before March 10, 2014. Please contact the following persons if you have questions on the rule or need information regarding the hearing: Heidi Taylor, NMFS West Coast Region, phone: 562-980-4039; or Rachael Wadsworth, NMFS West Coast Region, 562-980-4036.

This information is posted as a courtesy to NMFS and the public so they are aware of IATTC-related activities.

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a joint webinar to discuss Pacific sardine temperature parameters, including the CPSMT’s report and a revised analyses report, both of which will be included in the March Council meeting briefing book materials.

In March, the Council will be considering whether to adopt a new temperature index as an indicator of Pacific sardine productivity, and if so, how to incorporate it into management. The CPSMT met in January, 2014, and will submit a report for the March briefing book. The CPSAS will meet for one day at the March Council meeting, and will develop a supplemental report on the issue.

The webinar will be available to the public, in “listen only” mode on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm.

To join the “listen only” webinar, follow these instructions:

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 374-679-951
  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 1-415-655-0053 (not a toll free number); phone audio access code 309-343-558; 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.

For more information regarding this meeting, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409 or toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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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NMFS to hold public hearing regarding proposed rule for tuna conservation measures for 2014 through 2016

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking comments on a proposed rule to continue the purse seine closure period of 62 days in the years 2014, 2015, and 2016. Please see the Federal Register notice dated February 5, 2014 for the proposed rule and information regarding the public hearing that will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PST, February 12, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.

Comments must be submitted in writing by February 25, 2014. Please contact the following persons for further information: Heidi Taylor, NMFS, phone: 562-980-4039; or Celia Barroso, NOAA/NMFS Affiliate, phone: 562–432–1850.

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Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group Meeting

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Scientific Review Group (SRG) will meet on February 18 – 21, 2014 at the Watertown Hotel in Seattle, Washington.

Meeting Dates:

February 18-21, 2014

Meeting Location:

Watertown Hotel
4242 Roosevelt Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-826-4242

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

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