Archive for April, 2014

Request for Nominations: Two Salmon Advisory Subpanel Vacancies (Nominations Due May 23, 2014)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking two qualified candidates, one to represent the California commercial salmon troll fishery, and one to represent the commercial gillnet fishery, on its Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS). Visit the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancies webpage for further information. The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, May 23, 2014.

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NOAA Releases Two Federal Fisheries Reports: Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013; Fisheries Economics of the U.S. 2012

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

On April 29, 2014, NOAA Fisheries Service released two reports that document positive trends in the sustainability of U.S. federally-managed fisheries. Both reports “Fisheries Economics of the United States 2012” and the “Status of U.S. Fisheries 2013” are available from the NOAA Fisheries Feature Stories webpage.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries.

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Council Considering Option to Require Electronic Reporting for Groundfish Open Access Deliveries of Sablefish

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As part of its review of the limited entry fixed gear program, the Council is considering a number of options which would create a Federal electronic landings reporting requirement for sablefish. The requirement would not be a replacement for state fish tickets but in addition to state fish ticket requirements. The alternatives being considered vary primarily in the scope of the landings covered. Alternatives 2 and 3 cover landings in the limited entry fixed gear fishery while Alternative 4 would also cover open access landings of sablefish. The Council discussed this issue at its April meeting and will select a final preferred alternative at its June meeting. One question raised in April was whether Alternative 4 would apply to any open access landing (directed or incidental) and whether there might be a minimum poundage threshold which would trigger the electronic reporting requirement. For further information see April briefing book materials for Agenda Item C.6: http://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2014-briefing-book/#groundfishApr2014

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Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Monday, April 28th, 2014

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated regarding the “June 2014 Scoping Process, Decision on Adapative Management Program (AMP) Pass-thru and Other Clarifications”. At its March 2014 meeting, the Council adopted for analysis the following AMP alternatives:

  1. No Action Alternative: Beginning in 2015, the QP associated with the QS set-aside for AMP purposes will be distributed in accordance with procedures developed under the AMP provisions adopted under Amendment 20.
  2. Action Alternative 1: The AMP QP allocation procedures will be considered as part of the five year review and the pass-through procedure used since 2011 will be continued
    • Suboption A: through 2017.
    • Suboption B: until the implementation of regulations resulting from the 5‑year review.
  3. Action Alternative 2. The pass-through procedures used since 2011 will be continued until procedures are developed as specified in the AMP provisions of Amendment 20.
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Salmon Preseason Report III, Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations available online

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Notice of Availability

The following document: Preseason Report III Council Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2014 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XD072, published April 2014, is available on the Council’s Preseason Report III (2014) webpage.

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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Agenda for May 7-9 Highly Migratory Species Management Team Meeting Available

Friday, April 18th, 2014

Download the proposed agenda for the May 7-9, 2014, Highly Migratory Species Management Team meeting in Carlsbad, CA.

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Ad Hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup to Hold Work Session

Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session May 15, 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 LRC Workgroup chair as time allows.

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The primary purpose of the work session is to discuss and develop recommendations on the status of Lower Columbia River coho stocks, alternative harvest policies, risk assessment methods and criteria, and to draft a report on coho populations in the upper Willamette River.  The reports and recommendations developed by the LRC Workgroup will be presented to the Council, its advisory bodies, and the public at the June 2014 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California.

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 work session 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 Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Council Makes Habitat Assignments for June

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

At their April Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington, the Council directed the Habitat Committee to draft the following letters for the June Briefing Book:

  • A letter on the Cordell Bank and Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary boundary expansion
  • A letter on a NMFS pilot effort to identify habitat conservation objectives for managed species on the West Coast, highlighting the connections between this project and the Council’s research and data priorities
  • A letter on the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Fish and Wildlife Program
  • A letter on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to reduce the double-crested cormorant predation on Columbia River basin juvenile salmonids listed under the Endangered
    Species Act

The Council also directed the Habitat Committee to arrange a presentation from KZO Sea Farms on their proposed aquaculture facility. The committee will also be discussing Klamath/Trinity water flows and other issues.  Prior to the June meeting, Council staff will send letters (drafted by the Habitat Committee and approved by the Council, with edits) on the Bay/Delta Conservation Project and on the PMEC/SETS project.

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April 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, April 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met April 5-10, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The April 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet May 7-9, 2014

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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, May 7, 2014, to Friday, May 9, 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 May 9.

The meetings will be held at the following location:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Driving Directions

The HMSMT plans to discuss the following topics:

  1. Potential changes to management measures for the west coast drift gillnet fishery based on guidance from the Council at its March 2014 meeting. Topics covered include a long-term transition plan for the fishery, the use of alternative gear types, and establishing a Federal limited access permit program for the fishery.
  2. Criteria for evaluating exempted fishing permits submitted to test alternative gear.
  3. Council recommendations with respect to international management of 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. Specifically, recreational fishery bag limit changes for Pacific bluefin tuna.
  5. Other informational items and related tasks such as preparation of the HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.

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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