Archive for January, 2015

Reminder: Deadline for EFPs for swordfish and other highly migratory species is February 9, 2015

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

The Council is soliciting applications for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) to test alternative gear as a substitute to the large mesh gillnet gear currently used to target healthy highly migratory species (HMS), or to test new approaches or methods for using large mesh gillnets to fish with a significant reduction in bycatch. (more…)

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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet

Monday, January 12th, 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.  This meeting will start at 8:30 a.m. and continue until business is concluded on each day.

UPDATED: Meeting Locations

The meeting will be held at two locations as follows:

Wednesday, February 4

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

Thursday, February 5 and Friday, February 6

Best Western Plus Inn by the Sea
Wind and Sea Room
7830 Fay Avenue
La Jolla, California 92037
Phone: 858-459-4461
Driving Directions

Meeting topics and agenda

The HMSMT will discuss assignments and develop reports for HMS topics to be taken up at Council meetings in 2015.  Topics on the March 2015 Council agenda that the HMSMT will focus on include 1) developing a Drift Gillnet Management and Monitoring Plan purpose and need statement and contents; 2) analyzing the range of alternatives adopted by the Council in November 2014 for bycatch reduction and monitoring for the California drift gillnet fishery; and 3) reviewing and making recommendations on exempted fishing permit proposals.  The HMSMT will also discuss the planned management strategy evaluation for North Pacific albacore tuna to be conducted by the International Scientific Committee for Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the North Pacific Ocean and potential Council advice to the U.S. delegation.  Time permitting, the HMSMT may discuss initial planning for topics on future Council meetings including the authorization of a shallow-set longline fishery outside the west coast Exclusive Economic Zone and creating a Federal limited entry permit for the California drift gillnet fishery.

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 503-820-2425, 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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Groundfish Management Team to Hold a Work Session

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a weeklong work session that is open to the public. The GMT meeting will be held Monday, February 2, 2015 from 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed.  The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, February 3 through Friday, February 6 from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed.

Purpose of the Meeting and Agenda

The primary purpose of the GMT meeting is to prepare for the 2015 Council meetings, including the upcoming harvest specifications and management measures cycle for 2017-2018.  Specific agenda topics include a review of the latest West Coast Groundfish Observer Program data; methodologies for estimating groundfish mortality and economic impacts for the 2017-2018 analysis; ecosystem management initiatives; analysis of rebuilding revision rules; and further consideration for flexible management of annual catch limit set-asides.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT; the GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its meetings in 2015.

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
College Room
4507 Brooklyn Ave NE
Seattle, WA 97220-1384
206-634-2000
Driving Directions

For further information

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.

For further information about the work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2280, ext. 426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Reminder notice and agenda available for the January 6, 2015 SSC Webinar

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold an online webinar to review new methodologies proposed for 2015 west coast groundfish stock assessments. The online SSC webinar is open to the public. An agenda, along with additional meeting materials are now available for that Webinar. (more…)

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Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Advisory Subpanel to Hold Webinar

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS), which is open to the public. The primary purpose of the meeting is to develop supplemental reports, if needed, relevant to the March 2015 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington.  Topics may include the Unmanaged Forage Fish Initiative final action, Fishery Ecosystem Plan initiatives, California Current Ecosystem and Integrated Ecosystem Assessment report, legislative matters, National Marine Fisheries Service West Coast Strategic Plan, and the U.S. Coast Guard Enforcement Report.  The 2015 meeting schedule and pending activities may also be discussed, on an informational basis.  Neither the CPSMT nor the CPSAS are convening at the Council meeting, necessitating this webinar.

New! Agenda

  • Proposed DRAFT Agenda; CPSMT and CPSAS Webinar, January 29, 2015 (Please note, this draft agenda may be modified based on input from the CPSMT or CPSAS)

Date and Time of Webinar

The webinar will be held on January 29, 2015, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., or until business for the day is concluded.  Public comment may be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the CPSMT and CPSAS Chairs.  There will be a listening station at the Council office, should any members of the public wish to attend.

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: 140-924-379
  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 1-702-489-0004 (not a toll-free number); phone audio access code 326-053-230; audio phone pin shown after joining the webinar. (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

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

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 503-280-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the CPSMT/CPSAS webinar, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 409.

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Salmon Documents Order Form & Advance Notice of Availability

Monday, January 5th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is announcing the dates of availability for its annual preseason planning documents for ocean salmon fisheries. The reports will be posted electronically on the Council’s website, or you may request hard copies or CD-ROM copies of the reports by filling out and submitting the Online Salmon Management Documents Order Form.

The scheduled availability for the salmon preseason management documents are as follows:

  • Review of 2014 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available early February
  • Preseason Report I – Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available early March
  • Preseason Report II – Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries
    Available March 20, 2015
  • Preseason Report III – Council-Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations
    Available April 24, 2015

Questions about the salmon management preseason process? Please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2280, ext. 414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204. For assistance with the web form, please contact Sandra at 503-820-2280, ext. 419.

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