Archive for August, 2016

September 2016 Briefing Book Available Online

Monday, August 29th, 2016

The Briefing Book for the September 2016 Council meeting has been posted to the Council’s website on the “September 2016 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.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

New! Handout materials available for the upcoming public hearings on the “Five-Year Review of the Groundfish Trawl Catch Share Program”

Friday, August 26th, 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.

New! Hearing handout materials have been added on the Council’s “Groundfish Five-Year Review Trawl Catch Share Program” webpage.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Pacific Council Salmon Staff Officer Recruitment Open through September 14, 2016

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is seeking motivated candidates to fill a staff officer vacancy primarily related to implementation of the Council’s Salmon Fishery Management Plan. The application period is open effectively immediately and will remain open through September 14, 2016.  Please see the following documents for details of the recruitment announcement and position description.

Should you have questions, please contact Executive Director Mr. Chuck Tracy or Deputy Director Mr. Mike Burner using the contact information listed in the recruitment announcement.

If you are a supervisor or a personnel manager for your agency or organization, please forward this announcement to your staff as appropriate to ensure wide distribution; otherwise, feel free to distribute this to qualified potential candidates.

The Council is committed to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Highly Migratory Species Management Team to Hold Webinar, September 8, 2016, 1:30-4:30 p.m.

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council)  Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting by webinar, which is open to the public. The webinar will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Pacific Time, or when business for the day is concluded.

Webinar Purpose

The primary purpose of the webinar is for the HMSMT to work on reports for the September 12-20, 2016, Council meeting.  The HMSMT discussion of HMS items on the Council agenda are 1) Update on International Issues, 2) Exempted Fishing Permits, 3) Biennial Harvest Specifications and Management Measures, 4) Deep-Set Buoy Gear Exempted Fishing Permit Criteria to Advance Gear Authorization, and 5) Federal Drift Gillnet Permit Amendment.

Webinar Agenda

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: 157-057-235
  3. Please enter your name and email -address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (213) 929-4232 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code  832-921-033;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are required 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

Public comments during the webinar will be accepted from attendees at the discretion of the chair of the HMSMT.

The listening station for this meeting at the Council office 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 webinar, please contact Dr. Kit Dahl at 503-820-2422; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

NMFS Publishes Proposed “List of Fisheries for 2017”

Monday, August 15th, 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2017, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2015 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements.

Please see the Federal Register dated August 15, 2016 to view the proposed rule, and for instructions on how to comment. Comments on the proposed rule must be received by September 14, 2016.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding Webinar on August 17th

Monday, August 15th, 2016

NOAA Fisheries will conduct a webinar on how to find and apply for Fiscal Year 17 Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding. August 17th at 3pm ET (Noon PT). NOAA encourages all potential applicants to attend this town hall webinar to learn more about the S-K program, it’s objectives, this year’s priorities, the application process, and the timeline for this year’s solicitation.

Please see the “Saltonstall-Kennedy Funding Webinar notice” for participation details.

This webinar is being conducted by NOAA.  If you have questions, please contact NOAA, Jennifer Goebel at 978-281-9175 or email:  jennifer.goebel@noaa.gov.

This notice posted as a courtesy to NOAA.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

September 12-20, 2016 Council Meeting Notice and Agenda

Friday, August 12th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet September 12-20, 2016 in Boise, Idaho, to address issues related to ecosystem, salmon, groundfish, highly migratory species, coastal pelagic species, Pacific halibut, and habitat matters.

Please visit the September 2016 Council Meeting webpage for meeting and agenda details.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup to Hold Webinar

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a webinar on Friday, September 2, 2016 which is open to the public.  The webinar will begin at 1:30 p.m. and will continue until business for the day is completed, but is expected to end no later than 4:30 p.m.  The STT and MEW will discuss items on the Council’s September 2016 meeting agenda.  Major topics include, but are not limited to, Salmon Methodology Review and the Sacramento River Winter Chinook Harvest Control Rule Update.  The STT and MEW may also address one or more of the Council’s scheduled Administrative Matters.

Webinar Agenda

To Attend the Webinar

  1. Join the meeting by visiting this link:
    http://www.joinwebinar.com
  2. Enter the Webinar ID: 152-433-643
  3. Please enter your name and email address (required)

AFTER logging in to the webinar, please select “Use Telephone” and then:

  • Dial this TOLL number +1 (562) 247-8422 (not a toll-free number)
  • Enter the Attendee phone audio access code 724-010-245;
  • Then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar).

Participants are required 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

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 her at 503-820-2280, extension 419 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

Public comments during the webinar will be received from attendees at the discretion of the STT and MEW chairs.

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

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Request for nominations: Salmon Advisory Subpanel

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council is requesting nominations of qualified candidates to fill the vacant California Private Recreational seat on its Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) for the 2016-2018 advisory body term.

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

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Groundfish Management Team to Hold Work Session

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a one-day work session that is open to the public.  The GMT meeting will be held Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 9 a.m. until business for the day is completed.

Purpose of the Meeting

The primary purpose of the GMT work session is to discuss with the West Coast Groundfish Observer Program refinements to groundfish projection models for use in management.  The GMT’s task will be to identify which models need improvements, outline the improvements necessary, and develop recommendations for consideration by the Council at its November meeting in Garden Grove, California.  During the November meeting, the Council will determine which models are ready for review and recommend a review schedule.  A detailed description on the process for revising and approving models is outlined in Council Operating Procedure 25.  The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management.  No management actions will be decided by the GMT.

New! Meeting Agenda

Meeting Location

The work session will be held at the following location:

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Natural Resources Building, Room 682
1111 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501
360-902-2200
Driving Directions

For further 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.

For further information about the work session, please contact Ms. Kelly Ames at 503-820-2426; toll-free 1-866-806-7204.

SHARE THIS:
Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail