Archive for January, 2016

Pacific Sardine Stock Assessment Update Review Meeting

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a review of the 2016 Pacific sardine stock assessment update, for use in setting harvest management and specifications for the July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017 fishing year. The meeting will take place from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Thursday March 10, 2016, in Sacramento, California. The meeting is open to the public.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to review an updated stock assessment of the Pacific sardine resource. The next full assessment is scheduled for 2017. The Scientific and Statistical Committee Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) subcommittee will conduct the review, and one member each from the CPS Management Team and CPS Advisory Subpanel will serve as advisers. The Council will set harvest specifications and management measures at its April 9-14, 2016 meeting in Vancouver, Washington.

Meeting Location

The meetings will be held at the following location:

Doubletree by Hilton Sacramento
Yuba River Room
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, California 95815
Telephone 916-929-8855
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 503-820-2425 at least five days prior to the meeting date.

If you have additional questions regarding the meetings, please contact Mr. Kerry Griffin at 503-820-2280 ext. 409; toll free 1-866-806-7204.


Reminder: Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will host a series of five webinars, listed below, which are open to the public. Each webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the dates shown below and last for approximately two hours.

  • January 12: Contents of the Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report; physical oceanography indicators (Toby Garfield & Chris Harvey)
  • January 14: Biological indicators (Chris Harvey & Greg Williams)
  • January 26: Human dimensions indicators (Karma Norman & Dan Holland)
  • January 28: Freshwater, estuarine and marine habitat indicators (Correigh Greene)
  • February 2: Risk assessments and applications of indicators to decision making. (Jameal Samhouri & Elliott Hazen)

Visit the “Webinar Series on Ecosystem Indicators to be held in January-February 2016” blog post to access background reading materials and information on how to join the webinars.

The webinars will be recorded.  The recordings from the webinars that have already taken place are available on the Council’s “Coordinated Ecosystem Review Initiative” webpage.

Each webinar will begin with a short presentation by the members of NOAA’s California Current Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (CCIEA) Team noted above, followed by a discussion facilitated by the EWG. In each of the last three years, the CCIEA Team has delivered an Annual California Current Ecosystem Status Report that covers all aspects of the ecosystem from physical atmospheric and oceanic drivers up through impact on humans and anthropogenic impacts on the ecosystem. At each level of ecosystem interactions, the CCIEA Team developed indicators that either assess the status and trends of the ecosystem or the species response to these stressors. This series of webinars will review the indicator selection process and demonstrate those indicators chosen to track ecosystem changes and impacts to society.

Through these webinars, the EWG seeks input from Council advisory bodies and the public on the indicators presented in the Annual Report and how they can effectively support the Council’s goal of integrating ecosystem considerations into fishery management decisions.


Request for nominations on the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill a vacant California seat on its Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.   The position is for the remainder of a three-year term ending December 31, 2018. Appointments will be made at the March 8-14, 2016 Council meeting in Sacramento, California. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Monday, February 8, 2016.

Please visit the Council’s “Current Advisory Body Vacancies” webpage for further information, including instructions on how to submit nominations.


Public Comment Deadline for the March 2016 Briefing Book

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

Public Comment Deadline – March 2016 Advance Briefing Book

Public comment materials received BY 11:59 pm, Monday, February 8, 2016, 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 comment materials received at the Council office after the February 8, 2016, 11:59 pm deadline, but BY 5 pm, Monday, February 29, 2016 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.