Archive for May, 2014

Materials for June 11 Legislative Committee Meeting

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Council’s Legislative Committee is holding a webinar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. in order to discuss legislation related to reauthorizing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). The webinar is open to the public.

A proposed agenda, along with webinar materials, and a webinar user guide is now available for the Legislative Committee’s June 11, 2014 webinar. (more…)

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Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel to Meet

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model will be reviewed by a panel composed of representatives from the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee, the Center for Independent Experts, and NMFS.  The review session is open to the public.  The review session will begin at 9 a.m. each day, from Monday, June 30 to Wednesday, July 2, 2014, and on each day continue until business is concluded.

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Purpose

The purpose of the session is to evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, appropriate uses, and potential areas of improvement for the Atlantis model with respect to the Council’s management needs, in the context of ecosystem-based management.  Reviewers will be asked to comment on the technical merits and/or deficiencies of the methodology and make recommendations for remedies.  The review will follow the Methodology Review Process established by the Council, and Terms of Reference developed for this review.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Auditorium
2725 Montlake Blvd. E.
Seattle, WA 98112
Driving Directions
Phone: (206) 860-3200

Additional Information

All visitors to the National Marine Fisheries Service science centers should bring photo identification to the meeting location.  Visitors who are foreign nationals (defined as a person who is not a citizen or national of the United States) will require additional security clearance to access the NOAA facilities.  Foreign national visitors should contact Jim Herkelrath at (206) 860-6798 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process.

For further information about the review panel, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

If you would like to be notified of future meetings via email, please sign up for the PFMC E-Mail Notification List.

This Council E-Mail Notification List will announce when our newsletters, meeting notices, Notices of Availability for documents, and other Council activities are posted to the Council website.

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 503-820-2425, at least five days prior to the meeting date.

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Groundfish Fishery Management Plan as Amended (May 2014)

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

We have uploaded the Groundfish Fishery Management Plan as Amended (May 2014) on our Groundfish FMP webpage. In addition, you will also find the May 2014 version of Appendix F: Overfished Species Rebuilding Plans; see our Groundfish FMP Appendices webpage.

The Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan describes how the Council develops decisions for management of the groundfish fishery.

Please contact a groundfish staff officer at the Council if you have further questions:

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Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Salmon Technical Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a webinar on Thursday, June 12 , which is open to the public.  The webinar will be from from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.

The SAS and STT will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Harvest Matrix Update and Columbia River Cormorant Management Plan.  The SAS and STT may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

New! Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 826-482-319
  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 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 1-646-558-2121 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 278-821-392; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

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)

You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.  A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the STT and SAS chairs.

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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a webinar on Monday, June 16, which is open to the public.  This webinar will be held from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The HMSMT will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda.  These are:  Update on Regulations and International Activities, Drift Gillnet Transition Issues, Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) Process Confirmation, Initial Scoping of Biennial Specifications and Management Measures.

Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 749-475-639
  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 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 1-415-655-0063 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 896-306-800; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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 send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance. 

Public Listening Station

A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSMT 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Monday, May 19th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) will hold a webinar, which is open to the public, on Wednesday, June 4, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is complete.  The HMSAS will discuss items on the Council’s June meeting agenda.  These are:  Update on Regulations and International Activities, Drift Gillnet Transition Issues, Exempted Fishing Permit Process Confirmation, Initial Scoping of Biennial Specifications, and Management Measures.

New! Agenda and Discussion Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 825-962-039
  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 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 1-702-489-0008 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 686-529-816; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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 send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.  A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the HMSAS 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Management Team to Meet Via Webinar

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold an online webinar on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., or when business for the day is completed. The webinar is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of preparing for the June Council meeting, including specific focus on electronic monitoring regulatory development and exempted fishing permits.

New! Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 936-920-471
  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 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 1-646-307-1722 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 694-418-350; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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 send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.

Public listening station

  A public listening station will also be provided at the Council office.

Pacific Fishery Management Council
Large Conference Room
7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101
Portland, OR 97220-1384
503-820-2280
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the GMT 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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June 18-25, 2014 Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet June 18‐25, 2014 in Garden Grove, California to address issues related to management of groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, salmon, and habitat matters.

Please visit the “Current Council Meeting” webpage for meeting and agenda details.

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Council Requests Comments on its Public Review Draft of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Limited Entry Fixed Gear Sablefish Permit Stacking Program Review

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

The Council has released its latest draft assessment of the sablefish permit stacking program for public review.  While not fully complete, the release of this draft document prior to the June briefing book distribution has been made to allow for more thorough review and timely comments by managers of and stakeholders in the sablefish fishery.

The preliminary assessment of the sablefish permit stacking program indicates it has substantially met most of the objectives intended by the Council when it was approved in 2000.  The review has also identified several questions for which the drafting team hopes constituents of the program may be able to shed some light on with their comments (see Section 5.2).

The Council is scheduled to consider final approval of the review on Monday, June 23rd, at its meeting in Garden Grove, California.  The public comment deadline for the Council’s June briefing book is May 23rd.  The deadline for supplemental comments (those distributed on the first day of the June Council meeting) is June 13. The drafting team for the review will continue to work toward completion of the assessment for the June meeting. To submit comment, you may email them to pfmc.comments@noaa.gov; or you may send or fax to the Council office (see addresses).

For further information or questions, refer to the Council’s April 2014 briefing book archive for Agenda Item C.6 http://www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/april-2014-briefing-book/#groundfishApr2014 or contact Mr. Jim Seger or Dr. John Coon of the Council staff.

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Legislative Committee to Meet Via Webinar

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Legislative Committee will hold an online webinar on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (Pacific Time), or when business for the day is completed. The webinar is open to the public. Please note, this is not a public hearing; it is a work session for the primary purpose of reviewing House and Senate drafts for reauthorization the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and other pertinent information in preparation for the June 2014 Council meeting.

New! Meeting Materials

The following materials are provided for discussions at the webinar:

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joingotomeeting.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 953-727-487
  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 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 1-702-489-0008 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 559-722-928; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

User Guide and Technical Information

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 send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt or contact him at 503-820-2425 for technical assistance.

Additional information

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the Legislative Committee 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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.  If you have additional questions regarding the webinar, please contact Ms. Jennifer Gilden at 503-820-2418; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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