Archive for July, 2015

NMFS Requests Input on Salmon Bycatch in Pacific Coast Groundfish Fisheries

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

NMFS held a public webinar on July 29, 2015 and posed five questions regarding salmon bycatch in groundfish fisheries to the webinar participants .

Written comments will also be accepted via email. NMFS will be preparing a work session report to the Council for their meeting on September 9-16 in Sacramento, California. Therefore, any written comments to be considered in the report must be emailed to: GroundfishBO2015.wcr@noaa.gov, no later than noon, Pacific Daylight Time, August 7, 2015.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA WCR.

 

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Ad Hoc Ecosystem Work Group to Hold Webinar August 10, 2015

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG) will hold a webinar on Monday August 10, 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 4 p.m. During this work session, the EWG will discuss finalizing its report for the Council’s September 2015 meeting in Sacramento, California. The Council has asked for an EWG report on two draft Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) initiatives: an initiative for a coordinated review of the indicators used in the annual National Marine Fisheries Service’s California Current Ecosystem Status Report; and an initiative on the potential multi-fisheries and multi-species effects of short-term climate shift and long-term climate change. Other topics may include one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

New! Webinar Agenda

Date and Time of Webinar

The webinar will be held Monday August 10, 2015, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. or until business for the day is completed, Pacific Time. Information on how to participate is below.

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: 133-662-499
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

Participants are encouraged to use their telephone, as this is the best practice to avoid technical issues and excessive feedback.  (See the PFMC GoToMeeting Audio Diagram for best practices). Please use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number +1 (415) 655-0059  (not a toll-free number); then enter the Attendee phone audio access code  921-628-560; 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

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 EWG webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 422.

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New VMS Requirements

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Changes have been made within the U.S. Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Program that will affect many vessel owners. NMFS notified vessel owners by certified mail of these changes. SkyMate, Inc. did not submit a complete application for renewal of their bundled VMS products, and CLS America did not submit for renewal of their Thorium TST EMTU (type-approvals for the Thorium TST A2.0 and the Thorium LEO A2.0 are unaffected). As a result, these units will no longer be type-approved for compliance with vessel monitoring system (VMS) requirements in United States federal fisheries.

Affected vessel owners will be required to replace their VMS unit with another type approved VMS unit. To continue fishing in U.S. federal fisheries that require use of VMS, affected vessel owners must replace their affected units with a currently type-approved unit by September 30, 2015. The new type-approved VMS unit must be installed, operational, and registered with OLE by that time. Download the list of Current Type-approved VMS Units.

Reimbursement to replace the units will be allowed under the NOAA’s National VMS Reimbursement Program. For more info go to the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission Reimbursement Program website at:  http://www.psmfc.org/program/vessel-monitoring-system-reimbursement-program-vms?pid=17

A quick summary of what to do can be found by downloading the following memorandum from PSMFC:    “September 30, 2015 CLS AMERICA TST and SKYMATE VMS Unit Replacement”.

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NMFS announces public work session (webinar) for stakeholders to provide input relative to managing the impacts to salmon from the groundfish fisheries

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces a public work session for interested stakeholders to provide input relative to managing the impacts to salmon from the groundfish fisheries. The work session will be held as a Webinar on Wednesday July 29, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, or until business for the day has been completed.

How to Participate:

To join the Webinar visit this internet link: www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar and enter the Webinar ID: 110-773-275. Your name and email address are required. To join the audio, participants can use their computer’s microphone and speakers (VoIP) or use their telephone: Toll: +1 (415) 655-0059; Attendee Access Code: 227-478-994. The Audio Pin will be shown after joining the webinar.

System Requirements for participation: for PC-based attendees the system requires Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; for Mac®-based attendees the system requires Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; for Mobile attendees the system requires iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phone or Android tablet.

Background Documents:

The Webinar will be based on documents that are available online in the Council’s June 2015 briefing book under agenda item D.3. The relevant briefing book materials include:

The Council’s June 2015 briefing book is available on line at www.pcouncil.org/resources/archives/briefing-books/june-2015-briefing-book/#gfJun2015.

Additional Information:

Written comments will also be accepted via email. NMFS will be preparing a work session report to the Council for their meeting on September 9-16 in Sacramento, California. Therefore, any written comments to be considered in the report must be emailed to: GroundfishBO2015.wcr@noaa.gov, no later than noon, Pacific Daylight Time, August 7, 2015.

If you have further questions regarding the webinar, and/or the workshop content, please contact: NMFS, West Coast Region, Ms. Becky Renko at (206) 526-6110; or download the NMFS-SEA-15-17 Public Notice.

This information posted as a courtesy to NOAA WCR.

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“The Line” July 2015

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 2, July 2015 is now available on the Council’s website. The Line is a summary of West Coast fisheries news published four or five times per year. This issue reports on decisions made at the June 2015 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting.

You may view past issues of the “The Line” and the Council’s newsletters by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding The Line, July 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Summer 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. You may view past issues of the Council’s newsletter by visiting the Council’s Newsletter Archives webpage.

If you have comments, questions, or suggestions regarding Pacific Council News, Summer 2015, please direct them to: Ms. Jennifer Gilden, Information and Communications Specialist at (503) 820-2280 ext. 418 or toll free: 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2015 Briefing Book

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Public Comment Deadline – September 2015 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Friday, August 14, 2015, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after August 14, 2015, but BY 11:59 pm, Wednesday, September 2 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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Pacific Fishery Management Council Announces Sardine Distribution Workshop

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), in collaboration with the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), announces a scientific workshop to consider the distribution of the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine. The workshop is open to the public.

Purpose

The purpose of the workshop is to consider scientific information, data, and potential alternative means for establishing the Distribution value used in the Pacific sardine harvest control rule (HCR). The workshop is not intended as a review of other aspects of the HCR, Pacific sardine harvest management, or policy. The current Distribution value of 0.87 is intended to account for the fact that some portion of the U.S. sardine stock is present and subject to harvest outside U.S. waters. It is intended as a long-term average, recognizing that the distribution is variable because the sardine stock migrates seasonally and interannually.

New! Workshop Materials

Workshop materials are available for download from the Council’s ftp site:
ftp://ftp.pcouncil.org/pub/2015_Sardine_Distribution_Workshop/

Please contact Sandra or Kris if you need technical assistance downloading the materials.

Workshop Dates and Times

The workshop will take place August 17-19, 2015.  Workshop times are Monday 1-5 p.m., Tuesday 8-5 p.m., and Wednesday 8-12 p.m. or until business for that day is completed.

Workshop Location

The workshop will be held at the following location:

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

Additional Information

This workshop is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Dale Sweetnam at 858-546-7170 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the workshop, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.

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