Archive for January, 2015

Public Comment Deadline for the March 2015 Briefing Book

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – March 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, February 12, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the March 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 12, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, March 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the March 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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Enforcement Consultants to Hold Webinar

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Enforcement Consultants (EC) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 12 p.m.  The primary purpose of the webinar is to develop a reasonable range of alternatives for the vessel movement monitoring (VMM) agenda item scheduled for the Council’s April 2015 meeting in Rohnert Park, California.  The EC will discuss options to monitor the movement of fishing vessels in the commercial groundfish fishery. The EC will also discuss options for fishpot gear deployment, derelict gear removal options, and fishery declaration enhancements. Other pertinent items that are on the Council’s agenda for the March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, Washington may be addressed if time allows.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 102-992-075
  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).  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 1-480-297-0022 (not a toll-free number), then enter your phone audio access code 953-904-034, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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 503-820-2280, extension 425 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 EC chair.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Groundfish Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) will hold a webinar on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 10 a.m. and is expected to end no later than 12 p.m. The primary purpose of the webinar is to discuss and develop statements for the Council’s March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, Washington on two agenda items: 1) Recommendations for incidental halibut retention allowances in the sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis, Washington – this topic will only be discussed if the Area 2A Pacific halibut Total Allowable Catch is high enough to provide such opportunities; and 2) Ecosystem Plan Initiatives -the Council will prioritize a list of fishery ecosystem plan initiatives and provide direction for additional consideration of the highest priority issue(s). Other pertinent items that are on the Council’s agenda for the March meeting may be addressed if time allows.

New! Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 101-963-979
  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). (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 1-702-489-0004 (not a toll-free number), then enter your phone audio access code 502-039-210, then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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 503-820-2280, extension 425 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 GAP chair.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) seeks nominees to represent Oregon on the Pacific Fishery Management Council; see the ODFW resources website for further information.

Anyone interested in being considered, or wishing to nominate someone, must contact Cyreis Schmitt, ODFW, at 541-867-4741 or cyreis.c.schmitt@state.or.us no later than February 13, 2015.

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Request for nominations on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking two qualified candidates, one to represent the Washington Charter Boat position, and one to represent the Oregon Charter Boat position, on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP). The positions are for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2015. Appointments will be made at the March 7-12, 2015 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, February 12, 2015.

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

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UPDATED! Location Change for First Day of the Meeting; agenda available for the February 4-6, 2015 HMSMT meeting

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting from Wednesday, February 4 to Friday, February 6, 2015, which is open to the public. An agenda is now available for that meeting, as well as new information regarding the location of the first day of the meeting. (more…)

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NOAA Fisheries seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee (WCPFC)

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a notice seeking nominations for members of the 2015-2016 Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the US Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. The request for nominations is attached here for your reference. Nominations for membership must be received no later than March 2, 2015.

For more information please view the Federal Register at https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/01/14/2015-00412/nominations-for-the-western-and-central-pacific-fisheries-commission-permanent-advisory-committee.

For further information, please contact:  Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808-725-5036; facsimile: 808-725-5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov.

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA Fisheries PIRO.

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Notice of availability: groundfish harvest specifications and management measures for 2015-2016 and biennial periods thereafter

Friday, January 16th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries has published a Notice of Availability for the following document: “Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 2015-2016 and Biennial Periods Thereafter; Includes the Reorganization of Groundfish Stock Complexes, Designation of Ecosystem Component Species and Amendment 24 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to Establish a Process for Determining Default Harvest Specifications; Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS)”. Visit the Council’s groundfish website for the FEIS document, the notice of availability, instructions on how to comment, and who to contact for further information.

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NOAA Fisheries seeks comments on proposed revisions to the National Standard guidelines for federal fisheries management

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

NOAA Fisheries is seeking public comment on a proposal to revise the guidelines for National Standard 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. The National Standard guidelines assist the eight regional fishery management councils and NOAA Fisheries in developing effective fishery management plans.

For further information, please contact Wesley Patrick, NOAA Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 301-427-8563.

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Work Group to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 5 p.m.  The EWG will discuss agenda items in preparation for the Council’s March 2015 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  The primary focus will be on Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Initiative 1: Protecting Unfished and Unmanaged Forage Fish Species.  Other topics may include the review of FEP initiatives, the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, and one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 103-198-035
  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).  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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 1-480-297-0021 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 867-557-074; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar.

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 503-820-2280, extension 425 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 EWG 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 Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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