Archive for June, 2014

June 2014 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met June 20-25, 2014 in Garden Grove, California. The June 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.


Electronic Monitoring Regulatory Process (from the June 2014 Council meeting)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The Council made the following changes to the alternatives to table 2-1 of Agenda Item F.2.a, Attachment 1:

  • Under section 2.2.1 Discard Documentation Technology, add an option that is specific to the bottomtrawl nonwhting fishery that vessels could use cameras in lieu of a human observer if they were a member of a co-op.
  • Under section 2.2.2 Video Reading Protocols, add an option to subsample video with a logbook requirement.
  • Under Discard Accounting, add an option for the mothership (MS) sector of the whiting fishery only to account for unintentional minor discards of whiting by using as a proxy the average percentage of discard from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and any additional averaging from future years. This percentage amount would be deducted preseason from the MS co-ops allocation of whiting. Discard of bycatch species would be determined by pro-rating the observer data from the MS processor.
  • Under section 2.5 Discard Requirements, the Council removed Option C – Discard At Will.
  • Under section 2.8.5 EM Vessel Operational Plan – IVMP Expiration the Council removed Option C – Indefinite (example 2 or 3 year duration).
  • Under section 2.8.6 Declaration of EM Use, the Council added an option for more flexibility in the time frame to announce the use of EM in a given year.
  • Under section 2.12 Spatial Variation for High Bycatch Areas, the Council modified the options to be specific for only the bottomtrawl fishery:
    • Option A – No special provisions
    • Option B – fishing activity in areas that are likely to have lower bycatch could be monitored with EM rather than using observers; no EM in high bycatch areas
    • Option C – Under this option, if you chose to fish in a high bycatch area, a higher level of EM review may be required
  • Under section 2.13 Adaptive or Phased Implementation, the Council added an option to use EFPs to inform Council policy decision making.

June 2014 Council Meeting

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Hyatt Regency Orange County
11999 Harbor Blvd.
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Phone: 714-750-1234

June 2014 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document
June 2014 Meeting Minutes
June 2014 Voting Log
June 2014 Briefing Book


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

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session July 16, 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.  In addition to the in-person work session held at the PFMC office, the Council will also be providing one-way streaming of the meeting audio and presentations to broaden the potential audience.  Please see “One-Way live streaming of audio and presentations” information below.

Work session date and time

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the work session

The primary purpose of the work session is to review and respond to Council guidance from the June 2014 Council meeting and to continue to develop recommendations on the status of Lower Columbia River coho stocks, alternative harvest policies, and risk assessment analyses and criteria.

Work session location

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
Driving Directions

One-way live streaming of audio and presentations

To Listen to the Audio and view the presentations only:

Join the audio one-way meeting by visiting this link:

  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 709-783-351
  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 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 to listen to the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number 1-951-266-6124 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 390-802-834; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

Please note, this is a one-way audio.  No public comments will be taken via the live stream.  If you would like to comment, please join us at the PFMC office (noting that public comments will be taken at the discretion of the LRC Workgroup chair as time allows), or send your public comments to

Additional information

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

For further information about the work session, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414, or toll-free 1-866-806-7204.


Notice of Availability for Amendment 18 to the Salmon Fishery Management Plan

Monday, June 16th, 2014

As published in the Federal Register on June 16, 2014, NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has transmitted Amendment 18 to the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan for Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California (FMP) for Secretarial review. Amendment 18 revises the description and identification of essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific salmon, designates habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC), modifies the current information on fishing activities and potential measures to minimize their effects on EFH, and updates the list of non-fishing related activities that may adversely affect EFH and potential conservation and enhancement measures to minimize those effects. Amendment 18 is available on the “Salmon Amendments in development” webpage.

Comments on Amendment 18 must be received on or before August 15, 2014. You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2014-0071, by any one of the following methods:

Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, enter NOAA-NMFS-2014-0071 in the search box. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the “Submit a Comment” icon on the right of that line.

William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator,
West Coast Region, NMFS
7600 Sand Point Way NE.
Seattle, WA 98115-0070


Public Notice: US Army Corps of Engineers releases Draft EIS “Double-crested cormorant plan to reduce predation of juvenile salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary”

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

The US Army Corps of Engineers has released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement: “Double-crested Cormorant Management Plan to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary”. See the Corps website to get the draft document and the public hearings schedule;

Comment timeframe: Comments on the draft EIS will be accepted for 45 days from publication of the Notice of Availability in the Federal Register by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The comment period has been extended, and will close August 19, 2014.

How to comment: In your comments, please refer to the public notice number (CENWP-PM-E-14-08), title and date. Written comments may be sent electronically to or by traditional mail to:

Sondra Ruckwardt
U.S. Army Corps of Engineer District, Portland
Attn: CENWP-PM-E / Double-crested Cormorant draft EIS
P.O. Box 2946
Portland, OR 97208-2946

This information posted as a courtesy to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District.


Reminder notice and agenda available for the HMSMT June 16, 2014 webinar

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

This is a reminder notice that the Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will be holding a webinar on June 16, 2014. An agenda is now available for that webinar. (more…)


New! Agenda available for the Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel’s meeting in Seattle

Monday, June 9th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Atlantis California Current Ecosystem Model Review Panel’s June 30 to July 2, 2014 meeting in Seattle. (more…)


We have posted an agenda for the GMT’s June 10, 2014 webinar

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Groundfish Management Team June 10, 2014 webinar. (more…)


Agenda now available for the SAS/STT June 12, 2014 Webinar

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

A proposed agenda is now available for the Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Salmon Technical Team June 12, 2014 webinar. (more…)