Archive for July, 2014

Salmon Advisory Subpanel and Ad Hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup to Hold Joint Session

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) and ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel in Portland, Oregon.  The meeting is open to the public, but is not intended as a public hearing.  Public comments will be taken as time allows.

Work session date and time

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 and will proceed until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the work session

The SAS and LRC Workgroup will discuss items on the Council’s September meeting agenda.  Major topics include: Salmon Methodology Review, Lower Columbia Coho Harvest Matrix, and the Unmanaged Forage Fish Protection Initiative.  The SAS and LRC Workgroup may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.  The SAS and LRC Workgroup reports and recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Council at its September 2014 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Work session location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Mt. Hood A Room
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, Oregon 97220
503-281-2500
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 503-820-2425 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, ext. 414.

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Reminder notice and agenda available for the HMSMT August 12-14, 2014 meeting

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This is a reminder notice that the Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will be meeting August 12-14, 2014 in the La Jolla, California area. An agenda is now available for that three-day meeting. (more…)

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Public Comment Deadlines for the September 2014 Briefing Book

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Public Comment Deadline – September 2014 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, August 15, 2014, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the September meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after August 15, but BY 11:59 pm, September 3 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the September meeting. This is known as the “Supplemental Public Comment Deadline.”

See the Council’s Briefing Book Public Comment Deadlines webpage for complete details on how to submit comments.

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NMFS Public Notice: Notice of Swordfish Drift Gillnet Directed Fishing Closure

Friday, July 25th, 2014

This notice announces that, through rulemaking in the Federal Register, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is closing the Pacific Loggerhead Conservation Area, prohibiting fishing with large-mesh drift gillnet (DGN) gear (>14 inches mesh) off the coast of southern California east of 120º west meridian through August 31, 2014.

For information, please contact: Mr. Craig Heberer, NOAA Fisheries, (760) 431-9400, ext. 303.

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Reminder notice and agenda available for the HMSMT July 29, 2014 webinar

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

This is a reminder notice that the Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will be holding a webinar on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. An agenda is now available for that webinar. (more…)

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NMFS announces the receipt of a rulemaking petition to prohibit Pacific Bluefin Tuna fishing and requests comments

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the receipt of, and requests public comment on a petition for rulemaking under the Administrative Procedure Act. The Center for Biological Diversity, a non-governmental organization, has petitioned the U.S. Department of Commerce to promulgate regulations to prohibit fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna and to identify specific reference points used to determine if overfishing is occurring or if the stock is overfished.  See the Federal Register notice dated July 24, 2014 for complete details on the petition and how to comment. Comments will be accepted through September 22, 2014.

If you have additional questions, please contact Mr. Mark Helvey, NMFS West Coast Region, Phone:  562-980-4040; email:  Mark.Helvey@noaa.gov; mailing address:  501 W. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802.

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Comment Period Extended to August 19th for the Corps’ Double-crested Cormorant Draft EIS

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Corps is extending the deadline to submit comments on the Double-crested Cormorant Management Plan to Reduce Predation of Juvenile Salmonids in the Columbia River Estuary.  The comment period is extended by 15 days and will now close on August 19th, 2014.

During the extension period, the Corps will be hosting an additional evening webinar August 14th from 6:30-8:00pm. For webinar connection information, visit www.nwp.usace.army.mil/Missions/Currentprojects/CormorantEIS.aspx and click on the Public Meeting section.

See the original blog post from June 12, 2014 for complete DEIS details and more information.

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

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Lower Columbia River Natural Coho Workgroup (LRC Workgroup) will hold a public work session August 14, 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 Council may provide 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.

Proposed Agenda

Work session date and time

The work session will begin at 9 a.m. on Thursday, August 14, 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 continue to develop reports and recommendations on the status of Lower Columbia River coho stocks, alternative harvest policies, and risk assessment.  The LRC Workgroup reports and recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Council at its September 2014 meeting in Spokane, Washington.

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
503-820-2280
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:

  1. http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 398-203-991
  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 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 1-646-307-1706 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 176-728-257; 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 pfmc.comments@noaa.gov.

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, ext. 414.

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Request for nominations to the Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and the Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant processor (south of Cape Mendocino) seat on its Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) as well as a vacancy to the California sport/charter seat on its Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS). Both positions are for the remainder of the 2013-2015 advisory body term. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Friday, August 15, 2014.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage to get the full vacancy announcements and instructions on how to submit nominations.

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Friday, July 11th, 2014

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting Tuesday, August 12 to Thursday, August 14, 2014, which is open to the public.

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Locations

This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.  The meeting will be held at three locations as follows:

Tuesday, August 12

Pacific Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California 92037-1509
Driving Directions

Wednesday, August 13

T-29 Martin Johnson House
Scripps Institute of Oceanography
8840 Biological Grade
La Jolla, CA 92037
Driving Directions

Thursday, August 14

Stenella Room
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
8901 La Jolla Shores Dr.
La Jolla, California  92037
Driving Directions

Meeting purpose

The HMSMT will discuss the development of alternatives and analyses for issues to be addressed as part of the HMS biennial harvest specifications and management measures process.  The Council identified six topics to potentially address through the biennial process (see the June 2014 Decision Summary Document for a complete list).  The Council assigned highest priority to reducing recreational catch of Pacific bluefin tuna and identifying take caps (“hard caps”) for selected protected species (marine mammals and sea turtles) for the California drift gillnet fishery.  The HMSMT will also discuss the exempted fishing permit (EFP) review process, which is scheduled for the September and November Council meetings. EFP proposals have been solicited with a deadline of August 15.  Finally, the HMSMT will discuss completion of the 2014 HMS Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) document.  The HMSMT will report on their work at the September 12-17, 2014 Council meeting in Spokane, Washington.

Additional information

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.

For further information about the work session, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2280, ext. 422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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