Archive for July, 2016

Council Initiates Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program with Public Hearings to be Held August 31 through September 29

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is undertaking a review of its:

  • trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish fishery management plan [FMP]), and
  • intersector allocations (including Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).

Both the catch share program and intersector allocations went into place at the start of 2011 and review is required five years after implementation.  Additional information (including hearing handout materials) is available from the Council website on the groundfish webpage (Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program).

Coastal community hearings on the catch share program and intersector allocations will be held starting on August 31 and continuing through September 29.  The time for each person commenting may be limited depending on the number of people commenting.  For these hearings, general questions will be posed, such as:

  • How have you been impacted by the trawl catch share program and the intersector allocations?
  • What effects should the reviews of the catch share program and intersector allocation focus on?

Public Comment Opportunities

Comment from the hearings will be summarized and reported to the Council at its November, 2016 meeting.  The Council will use this input as it finalizes the plans for the content and areas of particular focus for the review.

All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. on the dates and at the locations specified below:

Date (Start Time 7:00 PM) Hearing Location Address and Contact Information
Weds – Aug 31 San Luis Obispo Marriott Courtyard
San Luis Obispo Room
1605 Calle Joaquin Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: 805-786-4200
Thurs – Sept 1 Half Moon Bay Half Moon Bay Lodge
Club Room
2400 Cabrillo Hwy. South
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: 650-726-9000
Tues – Sept 6 Fort Bragg City of Fort Bragg
Town Hall
363 N. Main Street
Fort Bragg, CA 95437
Phone: 707-961-2823
Weds – Sept 7 Eureka Red Lion Eureka
Evergreen Room
1929 Fourth Street
Eureka, CA 95501
Phone: 707-445-0844
Thurs – Sept 8 Coos Bay Red Lion Coos Bay
South Umpqua Room
1313 North Bayshore Drive
Coos Bay, OR 97420
Phone: 541-267-4141
Mon – Sept 12 Westport Chateau Westport
Beach Room
710 West Hancock
Westport, WA 98595
Phone: 360-268-9101
Tues – Sept 13 Seattle Sheraton Seattle Hotel
Diamond Room
1400 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-621-9000
Weds – Sept 28 Astoria Comfort Inn and Suites
Meeting Room
3420 Leif Erickson Drive
Astoria, OR 97103
Phone: 503-325-2000
Thurs – Sept 29 Newport Agate Beach Inn
Jasper Room
3019 N. Coast Hwy
Newport, OR 97365
Phone: 541-265-9411

Additional information

The five-year review webpage with details (background materials and hearing handouts:  Groundfish Trawl Five-Year Review

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 hearings, or the five-year review process, please contact Mr. Jim Seger at 503-820-2416; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Public Comment Deadline for the September 2016 Briefing Book

Friday, July 29th, 2016

PUBLIC COMMENT DEADLINE – SEPTEMBER 2016 ADVANCE BRIEFING BOOK

Public comment materials received BY 5:00 pm, Thursday, August 18, 2016, 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 the August 18, 2016, 5:00 pm deadline, but BY 5:00 pm, Tuesday, September 6, 2016 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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Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Meet August 8-11, 2016

Monday, July 25th, 2016

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Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee seeking nominations for appointments to newly created Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Nominations are being sought for appointments to a new task force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. The task force will focus on providing information and advice on the establishment of long-term goals for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will appoint the members in consultation with MAFAC and they will serve for a term of up to two (2) years. The terms would begin in December 2016.

For further information on the newly created “Columbia River Basin Partnership Task Force”, please contact Ms. Katherine Cheney, NMFS West Coast Region, Telephone: (503) 231–6730; Email: katherine.cheney@noaa.gov. You may also view the Federal Register notice that published on July 22, 2016 or see the MAFAC website.

Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before September 6, 2016.

This solicitation notice posted as a courtesy to NMFS West Coast Region, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232.

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Summer 2016 Newsletter available online

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

The Summer 2016 issue of Pacific Council News is now available on the Council’s website. The Summer 2016 edition of Pacific Council News reports mainly on decisions made at the June 2016 Pacific Fishery Management Council meeting in Tacoma, Washington. 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 2016, 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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“The Line”, Volume 5, No. 2, July 2016

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Notice of Availability

“The Line”, Volume 5, No. 2, July 2016 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 the decisions made at the June 2016 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 2016, 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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New webpage: Five Year Review: Trawl Catch Share Program (Amendment 20); Intersector Allocation (Amendment 21)

Monday, July 18th, 2016

New! Five Year Review webpage for the trawl catch share program (Amendment 20 to the groundfish FMP), and intersector allocations (Amendment 21 to the groundfish FMP).  The Five Year Review webpage provides information on the review of these programs, including

  • Review Process
  • Upcoming Events
  • Overview of Catch Share Program
  • Overview of Intersector Allocations
  • Background Documents
  • Contact Information
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Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions Webpage Updated!

Monday, July 18th, 2016

Our Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has been updated. The Trawl Rationalization Trailing Actions webpage has information on:

  • Trawl Catch Share Program Five-Year Review
  • Trawl Quota Program Workshop
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation Pending
  • Final Council Action Taken, NMFS Approval and Implementation on Hold
  • Council Deliberations In Progress
  • Longer Term Planning
  • Issues for Future Scoping
  • Other Issues Affecting the Trawl Fishery
  • Completed Trailing Actions
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Ad Hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup Meeting August 16-17, 2016

Friday, July 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup (SRWCW) will hold a meeting on Tuesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016, which is open to the public.  The meeting will begin on Tuesday, August 16 from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and will continue on Wednesday, August 17 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. or until business for the day is completed.

The SRWCW will discuss progress on the development of new predictors of Sacramento River winter Chinook abundance, the development of alternative harvest control rules, and methods for evaluating the performance of alternative control rules.  The SRWCW will also prepare a report for the Council’s September 2016 meeting and discuss future meeting plans.

Agenda

Meeting Location

National Marine Fisheries Service
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Large Conference Room
110 Shaffer Rd.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Driving Directions

Additional information

Public comments during the meeting will be received from attendees at the discretion of the SRWCW 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 meeting, please contact Mr. Mike Burner at 503-820-2414; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

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Request for Nominations: Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board for the Five-Year Review of the Trawl Catch Share Program (Individual Fishing Quotas and At-Sea Co-Ops)

Friday, July 8th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) is seeking qualified candidates to serve on an Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board (CAB). The CAB is charged with providing the perspective of fishing communities on performance of the trawl catch share program, potential improvements, and other advice requested by the Council that may inform the program review. To ensure consideration, nominations should be received at the Council office no later than August 18, 2016.

Please see the Council’s Advisory Body Vacancy webpage for full details.

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