Archive for March, 2015

Ecosystem Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold a webinar on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, which is open to the public. The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last about two hours. The primary purpose of the webinar is for the EWG to plan development of a new initiative pursuant to the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan. The Council adopted this initiative, the Coordinated Ecosystem Indicator Review Initiative, at its March 2015 meeting. The Council requested the EWG, in concert with the Scientific and Statistical Committee’s Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management Subcommittee and National Marine Fishery Service’s Integrated Ecosystem Assessment Team, to evaluate ecosystem indicators presented in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report, identify potential new indicators, and coordinate review of indicators by the Council’s other advisory bodies. The EWG is expected to report back to the Council with a workload assessment and timeline later this year. Related matters stemming from the Council’s assignment also may be discussed. Public comment will be taken at the discretion of the EWG Chair.

New! Agenda

  • Proposed Agenda: Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup Webinar Wednesday, April 29, 2015, 1:30 p.m.

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: 159-133-291
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or telephone.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices).

If you do not have a headset and speakers, or if there is excessive feedback, please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (646) 307-1720 (not a toll-free number); enter the Attendee phone audio access code 956-534-270; 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 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 Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 2015 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The Briefing Book for the April 2015 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “Briefing Book” webpage. The Briefing Book contains “situation summaries” (brief summaries that provide background for each agenda item), reports and materials for each agenda item, and written public comment. Advisory body and committee agendas and memos are also available.

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Widow Rockfish QS Reallocation Analysis Available

Friday, March 27th, 2015

The Council is considering the reallocation of the widow rockfish quota shares (QS) issued as part of the individual fishing quota system implemented under the Amendment 20 trawl rationalization program. This consideration also has implications for the deadline by which all of those who control QS must divest themselves down to the QS control limits (November 30, 2015). Analysis has been produced and is available; download the document Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions: Widow Rockfish Reallocation, Divestiture Deferment and Forfeiture Methodology, Magnuson Stevens Act Analysis and Draft Environmental Assessment.  The alternatives and a summary of impacts are provided in Chapter 2 and the main allocational results in Section 4.3.

The Council is scheduled to take final action on this issue at its April 10-16 meeting in Santa Rosa California. Comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office by 11:59 PM, Thursday, April 2, 2015 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.

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Salmon Preseason Report II, Including Public Hearing Schedule Available on Council’s Website

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

The document Preseason Report II: Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations; Regulation Identifier Number 0648-XD843 has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2015 Preseason Report II webpage to view and download the document.

The Council solicits public comments on the proposed management Alternatives in preparation for adopting final management recommendations at its April meeting. Oral and written comments on the proposed management Alternatives may be presented at public hearings (see “Salmon Public Hearings” for locations and dates). Additional comment will be accepted during the April Council meeting. Written comments received at the Council office by 11:59 PM, Thursday, April 2, 2015 will be copied and distributed to all Council members.

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Reminder! Public Hearings on Salmon Management Alternatives to be Held

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council March 30-31, 2015. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 30, 2015
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 30, 2015
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Motel 6
Convention Room
400 S. Main St.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
707-964-4761
Driving Directions

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 public hearings, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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April 10-16, 2015 Council Meeting

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The Council and its advisory bodies will meet April 10-16, 2015 in Rohnert Park, California to address issues related to salmon, Pacific halibut, groundfish, coastal pelagic species, and essential fish habitat matters.

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

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Four Groundfish Stock Assessment Review Panels Scheduled

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

Four Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish. The second STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for bocaccio and China rockfish. The third STAR panel will review a new benchmark assessment for black rockfish. The fourth STAR panel will review new benchmark assessments for widow rockfish and the kelp greenling population occurring in waters off Oregon. These STAR panel meetings are open to the public.

The purpose of the STAR Panels is to review draft 2015 stock assessment documents and any other pertinent information for benchmark stock assessments for canary rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, bocaccio, China rockfish, black rockfish, widow rockfish, and the population of kelp greenling in waters off Oregon; work with the Stock Assessment Teams to make necessary revisions; and produce STAR Panel reports for use by the Pacific Council and other interested persons for developing management recommendations for 2017 and beyond fisheries. No management actions will be decided by the Panel. The Panel’s role will be development of recommendations and reports for consideration by the Pacific Council at its June meeting in Spokane, Washington and its September meeting in Sacramento, California.

STAR Panel Dates and Times

Canary Rockfish and Darblotched Rockfish

The canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, April 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, May 1. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Bocaccio and China Rockfish

The bocaccio and China rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 7 beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 10. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Black Rockfish

The black rockfish STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 20, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 21, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 24. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Widow Rockfish and Oregon Kelp Greenling

The widow rockfish and Oregon kelp greenling STAR Panel will be held beginning at 8:30 a.m., Monday, July 27, 2015. The meeting will continue on Tuesday, July 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. through Friday, July 31. The meetings will end at 5:30 p.m. each day, or as necessary to complete business.

Locations

The canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

Hotel Deca
4507 Brooklyn Ave. NE
Seattle, Washington 98105
206-634-2000

Driving Directions

The bocaccio and China rockfish STAR Panel meeting will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Meeting Room 188
110 Shaffer Road
Santa Cruz, California 95060
831-420-3900

Driving Directions

The black rockfish STAR Panel meeting, as well as the widow rockfish and Oregon kelp greenling STAR Panel meeting, will be held at the following location:

National Marine Fisheries Service
Northwest Fisheries Science Center
Newport Research Station
2032 SE OSU Drive
Building 955
Newport, Oregon 97365
541-867-0500

Driving Directions

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 Dr. Jim Hastie at 206-860-3412 at least two weeks prior to the meeting date to initiate the security clearance process. This workshop 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 STAR Panel work sessions, please contact Mr. John DeVore at 503-820-2413; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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Final recommendations from the Presidential Task Force on IUU fishing and seafood fraud

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

On March 15, 2015, the Presidential Task Force on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud, released its Action Plan. Please see NOAA Fisheries IUU webpage to read the press release and download the complete Action Plan.

For questions, please contact Laurel Bryant, NOAA Fisheries (Laurel.Bryant@noaa.gov).

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March 2015 Council Decision Summary Document Online

Monday, March 16th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council met March 8-12, 2015 in Vancouver, Washington, USA. The March 2015 Council Meeting Decision Summary Document summarizes the decisions made during that meeting.

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April 2015 Public Comment Deadline

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – April 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Friday, March 20, 2015, will be mailed to Council members and appropriate advisory bodies prior to the April meeting. This is known as the “Advance Briefing Book Deadline.”

Supplemental Public Comment Deadline

Public comments or materials received at the Council office after March 20, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Thursday, April 2 will be included in the supplemental materials distributed to the Council on the first day of the April 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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