Archive for December, 2015

Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees to Hold Webinars January 20 and March 2, 2016

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

March 2, 2016 Webinar CANCELLED

The joint webinar meeting of the Council’s Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (GEMPAC) and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEMTAC), scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016, has been cancelled. A rescheduling of the meeting is currently being considered. The webinar has been cancelled because critical information and review materials are undergoing an internal review by the National Marine Fisheries Service and will not be available by March 2. The purpose of the meeting was to review and comment on draft regulations to implement the Pacific Council’s electronic monitoring (EM) policies for the limited entry groundfish midwater trawl whiting fishery, and the limited entry fixed gear fishery fishing under the non-trawl shorebased individual fishing quota (IFQ) program.

The GEMPAC and GEMTAC is scheduled to meet in person on April 8, 2016, from 8am to 5pm, at the Council meeting in Vancouver, WA. At the April meeting, the Committees are scheduled to provide recommendations to the Council regarding the Council’s preferred alternatives for an EM program for the IFQ fixed gear fishery and the draft regulations for the whiting and fixed gear fisheries EM programs.

January 20, 2016 Webinar

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy (GEMPAC) and Technical Advisory Committees (GEMTAC) will hold a work session via two webinars, which are open to the public. At the November 2015 Council meeting in Garden Grove, California, the Council and its advisory bodies provided guidance to the National Marine Fisheries Service and Council staff regarding the development of draft regulations that would implement the Council’s electronic monitoring policies. The Council recommended that the GEMPAC, GEMTAC, NMFS and Council staff meet via webinar to further develop the draft regulations for the limited entry groundfish midwater trawl whiting fishery, and the limited entry fixed gear fishery that fishes shorebased individual fishing quota program. The GEMPAC and GEMTAC will meet in-person at the April 2016 Council meeting in Vancouver Washington for final review and provide recommendations to the Council regarding the draft regulations.

No management actions will be decided at this meeting. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may come before the GEMPAC/GEMTAC for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. The meeting will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the GEMPAC and GEMTAC’s intent to take final action to address the emergency.

New! Webinar Materials

Date and Time of Webinars

The webinars will be held Wednesday, January 20 and Wednesday, March 2, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. until the earlier of 5 p.m. or when business for each day has been completed. The January 20 webinar will focus on review of draft regulations that incorporates guidance from the November Council meeting. A second webinar will be held on March 2 to continue review and development of the regulations. It’s possible that the March 2 webinar may not be needed if all business is completed on January 20.

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: 125-796-547
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number (213) 929-4212  (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  998-723-935;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

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).

Technical Information and 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 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 webinars, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 424.

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Winter 2015 Newsletter Available Online

Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Winter 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, Winter 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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Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 submitted for Secretarial review

Friday, December 11th, 2015

On December 7, 2015, the Council transmitted to NMFS  Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (CEBA 1) for Secretarial review. This letter also notifies NMFS that the Council had reviewed draft proposed regulations and deemed them necessary and appropriate to implement CEBA 1. CEBA 1 would bring new ecosystem component species (collectively, “Shared EC Species”) into each of the Council’s four fishery management plans (FMPs) through amendments to those FMPs, and would prohibit the future development of new directed commercial fisheries for Shared EC Species within the U.S. West Coast Exclusive Economic Zone.

On December 11, 2015, NMFS announced receipt of the proposed amendment in the Federal Register. On January 5, 2016, NMFS published the proposed regulations to implement CEBA 1 in the Federal Register. Both of these notices identified a public comment period. Comments on both CEBA 1 and the proposed regulations must be received on or before February 9, 2016. You may submit comments on CEBA 1 (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0001) and/or the proposed regulations (ID: NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123-0002) by any of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0123, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Submit written comments to William W. Stelle, Jr., Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070; Attn: Yvonne deReynier.

This entry is posted as a courtesy to National Marine Fisheries Service

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“The Line” December 2015

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Line, Volume 4, No. 3, December 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 November 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, December 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 Hearings on Salmon Management Alternatives to be Held

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

Public hearings will be held on March 28-29, 2016 to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Council for public review.  All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Monday, March 28, 2016
Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 W Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
360-268-9101
Driving Directions

Monday, March 28, 2016
Red Lion Hotel
South Umpqua Room
1313 N Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
541-267-4141
Driving Directions

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
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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Salmon Technical Team to Hold Work Sessions

Thursday, December 10th, 2015

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold two work sessions.

January 19-22, 2016: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Review of 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries.

February 16-19, 2016: The STT will meet at the Council office in a public work session to draft “Preseason Report I-Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations” and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries.

The two work sessions 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

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

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