Archive for February, 2016

Groundfish Management Team to Conduct a Webinar

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public.  The primary purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the March and April 2016 Council meetings. Specific agenda topics relevant to the March 2016 meeting include an update on the salmon Endangered Species Act consultation and changes to trawl catch share program gear regulations. The GMT will also receive a presentation from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center on the initial stock assessment planning materials, which will be presented and discussed at the April 2016 meeting. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair.  The GMT’s task will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its March and April meetings.

Date and Time of Webinar

The GMT webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 12 p.m.

Agenda and Webinar Materials

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 137-048-875
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 930-5321 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  748-538-268;
  • 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
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 webinar, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.


Salmon Preseason Report I Available on Council’s Website

Friday, February 26th, 2016

The document Preseason Report I: Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations has been posted to the Council’s website. Please visit the 2016 Preseason Report I webpage to view and download the document.

For further information regarding the salmon management documents, please contact: Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414 or toll free 1-866-806-7204, ext. 414.


CANCELLED: March 2, 2016 Webinar of the Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy and Technical Advisory Committees

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

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.

If you have additional questions regarding the cancelled webinar, please contact Mr. Brett Wiedoff at 503-820-2424; toll-free 1-866-806-7204; ext. 424.


Request for nominations on the Groundfish Advisory Subpanel

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant Washington Private Recreational seat on its Groundfish Advisory Subpanel (GAP) 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 April 8-14, 2016 Council meeting in Vancouver, Washington. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than Thursday, March 17, 2016.

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


March 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the March 2016 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.


Review of 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries available online

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

The Council’s annual review of 2015 ocean salmon fisheries is available online. The review document provides a summary of important biological and socioeconomic data from which to assess the impacts of past management actions, determine how well management objectives are being met, and improve regulations for the future. The Council will formally review this report at its March meeting prior to the development of management alternatives for the approaching fishing season.


Draft guidance for reviews of catch share programs

Monday, February 8th, 2016

In January, the Council commented on NMFS draft guidance for reviews of catch share programs.  Download the letter dated January 12, 2016 sent to NMFS regarding: “Comments on Draft Guidance for Conducting Reviews of Catch Share Programs”.  Download “Draft guidance for conducting reviews of catch share programs“.

Please contact Council staff member Mr. Jim Seger, telephone: 503-820-4216, for further information.


Pacific Whiting Treaty teleconference briefing for Joint Management Committee

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Whiting Treaty Joint Technical Committee will brief the Joint Management Committee on the preliminary draft 2016 stock assessment that will be reviewed at the upcoming Scientific Review Group meeting (February 23 – 25, 2016). This is an informational meeting only.

Teleconference Date and Time

Friday, February 12, 2016, from 2:00-3:00pm Pacific Time.

Teleconference Information:

Dial +1 (888)790-5773
Participant Code: 9952325

This information posted as a courtesy to National Marine Fisheries Service.  If you have further questions, please contact Miako Ushio, NMFS at 206-526-4644.


March 8-14, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet March 8‐14, 2016 in Sacramento, California to address issues related to salmon, groundfish, Pacific halibut, highly migratory species, ecosystem‐based management, and habitat matters.

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